Hello everyone. This is my 1st post here. I have recently purchased and set up a 7ch amp. Currently I am using a 1080P class AVR and its RCA jack equipped pre-outs to drive the amp, and a separate dedicated SW amp. I also recently updated the TV part of this setup to a nice 4K model and also have some other 4K capable devices. What I would like to do is change out the AVR with something that supports XLR pre-outs. While I have a good general grasp of technology and electronics etc., I am certain that some of the collective expertise available from the many folks here would help to better educate or advise me. For example, should I get a "processor" or another AVR that has XLR pre-outs (and leave the built in amp unused).\n\nSo what I'll do here is lay out some of my goals and preferences, and also describe what I am currently using for equipment. Okay to start off here are some of my goals\/preferences list in no particular order:\n\nBudget. It is always a concern for me. I'm not a particularly wealthy guy so dollars matter to me more than maybe someone who has an abundance of disposable income. That automatically means I don't usually want to spend more than necessary to achieve a set of goals. That being said, I think spending money on budget oriented equipment that falls short of goals or requirements is just money wasted. Wasting money is one of the worst things a budget conscious person can do. I'm a big fan of high quality\/performance at modest costs.\n4K. I want something that can take advantage of any of my 4K sources (some with HDR \/ Dolby Vision). This is really the main feature which is setting off this whole upgrade chain reaction, so this is a requirement. Additional capability of 8K might be good too for future proofing, if it doesn't increase costs too extremely.\nRack mountable, or rackable via a rack shelf. I use a 19 inch equipment rack, so I want whatever I get to work with that. The preference is for gear which can be directly rack mounted, but sitting on a rack shelf is acceptable. In fact that's how my current AVR is mounted.\nBalanced outputs. I've experienced issues with ground loops between my AVR and different amps. All of my amps support XLR inputs in addition to RCA. Currently I solve the GL issue with the 7ch amp by connecting the amp's grounding lug to my AVR chassis, and my SW dedicated amp via a active ground loop isolator and signal level converter. I'm ready to say that it would be nice to just go XLR all the way and eliminate some of this nonsense. I think it's the way things ought to be.\nRadio tuner. I do actually listen to the local classical or rock stations occasionally, so a tuner is a nice thing to have. However, it is something I can live without to gain advantage in some other way. Besides, I suppose a stand alone tuner separate could be added in down the road if it was missed too much.\nZone 2. I have set up a couple of speakers in my garage and run their cables into my current AVR's zone 2. I work on projects enough in the garage that I appreciate the music there. So zone 2 capability is a nice to have, however, if push came to shove, I could find other ways to drive music to those speakers.\n\nHere is a rundown of my current set up to help understanding of current capabilities:\n\nAVR. Yamaha Aventage A810. 7.1 plus 2 presence OR zone 2. 1080P video.\nSpeakers. L&R mains are Klipsch La Scala from 1990, upgraded with Bob Crites tweeters and crossovers. Surround L & R, and rear surround L & R are some cheap Polk 2 way small book shelf style (wall mounted). Zone 2 are a pair of larger Yamaha 3 way book shelf speakers wall mounted.\nSpeaker cabling is 14 AWG twisted pair for zone 2, and 12 AWG untwisted for all the rest.\n7ch amp. The 7 channel amp is a Monoprice Monolith 7X, class AB.\nSW amp. This is a Crown CE-1000A in bridge mode. This Crown amp was from before Crown was sold to Harmon, and was made in Elkhart Indiana. Seems to be pretty good quality class AB.\nSpectrum analyzer. This is a 1RU OLED based analyzer I designed & made myself with sub-components from various sources. It can get audio signal from HDMI or analog stereo input. Currently, it is being driven from my AVRs secondary HDMI output.\nOptical player. Sony UBP-X800M2. It's 4K and supports pretty much most all audio and video formats, including SACD.\nTV. The TV is an LG OLED55C1-PUB.\nStreaming and or DLNA devices. The TV and optical player support running streaming apps like Netflix etc. Additionally I have an Android TV device which can do the same, but also offers far more in terms of apps. Specifically it supports the KODI app so I can get access to my own home multimedia resources in the best way.\nSubwoofer. This is a kit build I purchased from Parts Express quite some years ago. It is a Dayton Audio 15inch "Titanic", MK2 if memory serves. It's supposedly rated for 1000W RMS. It has it's own plate amplifier. The plate amp eventually died after a number of years, so I drive the SW with an external amp in the rack. I left the plate amp installed to keep box sealed installed binding terminals for wire.\nFurman PL-PLUS C power conditioner. This is just a 15AMP model, so I may have to upgrade here too at some point.\n\nSo what do you guys think? I was looking at the Denon Pro DN700AVP or DN700AV, but they seem to have been discontinued by Denon and not replaced with anything comparable. They seemed to check a lot of my boxes but unfortunately seem to only be available from some fringe sources if at all. I also looked at the Yamaha CX-A5200, Monoprice HTP-1, etc. Unfortunately the price tag on this stuff is a bit steep for me, though I'm not saying it's out of the question. So yeah, I'm hoping some of you might be able to help learn about what options might be available and their strengths, weaknesses, etc.