I just need the speakers. I think we should check them out before connecting that receiver back up to them. These recent receivers are not as robust as the older ones I suspect. The amp specs have been downgraded across the board as far as I can tell. There is now far too much the manufacturers don't want you to know. There are a lot of speakers out there that present difficult loads. The original La Scala speakers I know were an easy drive, but these have been mucked about and will be far removed from the originals.\n\nYou hit the warranty period within 8 months. If I were you, I would push Onkyo for a new unit. Receivers are pretty delicate gear, and if there are serious problems your unit will always be a mucked over unit. I would put big money on that unit being a total loss to you shortly after the warranty expires.\n\nI imagine Onkyo will want the unit diagnosed beforehand. But that is a good suggestion, rather than hoping they would do that. Depending on what you find out with my La Scalas, I wonder how much older of an amp I'd need. The other option I imagine is to use an external amp, but I don't think this unit has pre-outs. I had been using the zone 2 outs to record LP's to a laptop using an analog to digital converter. I do not know if these could be used as regular pre-outs.