I'm new to this forum and would like to say HI before I get into my question. I'm quite impressed with reading your posts. I must commend everyone for the friendly and helpful atmosphere consistantly displayed. I'm shopping to replace an old Yamaha integrated amp system that I'm using because my Marantz SR-73 HT receiver (75w. front & cntr w/ 35w. surround)of about 5 years has decided to retire. I am using Definitive tech. center, surround speakers, w/ powered sub. and will replace my very old AR 98LS main speakers. I'm leaning strongly toward an H-K AVR 8000. I hear rave reviews from most owners. Looks like I could get one for $1300. High priced for me but would sacrifice for a value high end unit. I would appreciate opinions on this and other units that you might recommend. I long for more clarity and definition with the replacement reciever and main speakers. Bud S.