I just can't get excited about AV receivers, especially any that are north of $1K. Why? Because that's just too much stuff sharing the same chassis, compressing and polluting the sound. The preamp part is very delicate and sensitive, designed to amplify very low level signals. Everything electronic uses capacitors, which have a tendency to be microphonic. Add the power section to that chassis and suddenly you have a much bigger transformer making a big 60Hz physical vibration. Switch to even economically priced separates and you'll notice a drop in noise floor and an increase in dynamics and transparency.
With the Emotiva UMC-200 ($599) and UPA-700 7-channel amp ($499), there's just no excuse north of $1K to not get separates.
My old (pre-HDMI) pre/pro went belly-up a few weeks ago. I didn't think twice and ordered up a UMC-200 delivered for $599. It's a nice sounding unit with excellent speaker calibration and clarity. HDMI switching is not the smoothest, but it works well and I finally have lossless surround in my rig for a mere $599. It has a low noise floor and is very quiet.