I mostly listen to 2 channel, but wanted surround sound for movies, SACD and DVD-A. I chose an Onkyo SR-805 as a processor and run the pre-outs to separate amps. I has worked flawlessly since it was installed. Nary a hiccup. I also use a tube pre with HT bypass. I think the 805 is a steal and has HDMI 1.3, 3 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output and many adjustments. It would function fine using the other channels that are built in, and 3 better amps for L-C-R channels. Also the street price is about $900 and I understand it is manufactured in Japan which may give it some quality edge over the Chinese units. Just a thought.
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