that's one parameter, then there's build quality, functionality, longevity of said 'sound quality', the list goes on ...........\n\nDo you currently own or have you owned high-end separates and compared them to AVR and found that the high-end separates truly sound better and last longer?\n\nI have friends who have owned high-end separates that required repairs within 6 - 7 years of ownership. The repairs are usually about $1,000-$1,500. They will tell you that high-end separates can malfunction and require costly repairs after the warranty period expires. :D\n\nI've owned Denon AVRs that have never needed repair. \n\nSo I suppose it all depends on your personal history of repairs. \n\nIf you've owned mid-priced AVRs that died after 3 years, then you will have a different opinion. You will feel that high-end separates will last longer.