$5K or $6K for an AVR is an oxymoron. :D\n\nThe main purpose of the AVR is to save money, not spend more money. :D\n\nBut it depends on what kind of price you can actually get for separates vs AVR.\n\nA big theme around here is buying previous year models. If you can get separates (like CX-A5100 + MX-A5000) for cheaper than an AVR, that’s another thing to think about.\n\nBut $5K and $6K AVR should be removed from your thoughts. :D\n\n\nI guess the main struggle now is will I notice a profound difference between the separates you listed above versus a quality AVR? I still have time to read and understand more but I don't have anyone local to me that has any equipment like this to listen.