Yes, I know and understand the basic differences between separates and a one box receiver, but in the upper price category of 2-3 thousand, is a receiver a better choice, or are the separates in that same price range still the best option? An age-old conundrum to say the least. I'm specifically considering the Cambridge Audio 751R receiver, the Marantz 7008 receiver, or the AV7701 processor.
Also hot contenders are Outlaw Audio's 975 processor, or Anthem's MRX700 receiver. (Which Kal Rubinson said made a great processor in its own right) The companion amps are up for debate, but I consider the processor the more important half of the equation. I think this price range for receivers represents the best value for the dollar, anything priced higher than this have returns that rapidly seem to diminish.
Much to digest and discuss, at least for me anyway. Any thoughts would be MUCH appreciated.