If you only want to buy one component, your best off getting a power amp. An integrated would be better, but then what do you do about your surround processor, and the three channels of amplification needed to run center and surrounds? It's possible to use both, but then you'll have to mess with two volume controls whenever you use multi-channel playback. This is what sucks about wanting to eliminate the number of parts to do 2 and multi-channel. With your budget you could easily get, a really good 5 channel amp,a really good pre/pro, and sell your receiver. That would take care of everything, and make the whole system sing.
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