If you don't have budget for better speakers, I'd just stand pat with that avr myself....and it has a full set of pre-outs if you want amp flexibility. Don't see how a dedicated pre-pro will be worth spending money on.....let alone the amps needed for all channels.\n\nSo, here are my thoughts. I can do a budget of about 4k to 5k for a pair of speakers. But, the speakers I have heard upto this price bracket don't sound like a step up from what I currently have ( Elac Unifi 2.0 series in my Atmos setup and GR Research XLS Encore diy kit in my 2 channel setup). My A\/V installation pro buddy has a pair of high end KEFs in his house. It sounds like a step up, but I need to spend 10k to 20k for that step up. I have no interest in blowing my current budget of 4k to 5k for a sideways move. \n\nThe Andrew Jones Elac speakers have a reputation of scaling up with higher end equipment. My A\/V pro installation buddy swears by it. I think Andrew himself had the entry 300 dollar Debut speakers hooked up to more than 5k worth of electronics at a show...Reasons why I thought about moving up with the electronics at the moment and worry about a worthy speaker upgrade in the future years.