The receiver is about 13 years old now, still works fine though recently its has started to hum a little so who knows how much longer its got. I ran it with some cheapo HTIB speaker for years until I finally got some decent speakers. The initial thought was run 3.1 but money and room constraints stopped it basically at 2.1. I have a decent room now and some extra money so Im looking to start upgrading again. \n\nIve been considering this for a while so Ive done a fair bit of research already. The plan is 7.1\/2 eventually. Ive considered an Atmos setup, both 5.1.2 and 5.1.4, but the consensus seems to be if you want to do Atmos right you need the 4 height speakers and that puts me into 1k+ receivers and I don't think I want to spend that much right now. Also there seems to be a lot of variation with the quality of atmos mixes and it just may not be worth spending the money right now over a good 7.1 set up. I also watch 99 percent streaming and I dont really know how many if any of them even have movies with Atmos mixes. Also the old Onkyo is now woefully lacking in the connectivity department with only 2 HDMI inputs. I need more. \n\nSo looking at receivers Im struggling to find the middle ground. I see budget stuff in the 500 or so dollar range which I feel is lacking in some way, 600 to around 900 which at least on the surface doesn't always appear to be better than the 500 dollar stuff, most of it is still 7 channel. then 1k+ and thats when you start getting into the 9 channel stuff. \n\nso if I am only running 7.1 is there a reason to spend on that middle of the range? Am I actually getting a better amp or am I just getting more "features" than I'm never going to use. \n\nso just to throw out a few things Ive looked at....I have a costco membership so Ive discovered these costco receivers everyone seems to talk about. \n\nYammy TSR 700 and the Denon s750. On paper the yammy seems to be the better receiver, a bit more power, more HDMI inputs but in reading threads about it the thing appear to have a lot of issues with firmware, I dont really want to deal with that. So the denon then right? How good is this thing really for the price paid? Am I really going to notice a difference from them onkyo? Im not sure.\n\nSo then in in the next tier and thats where Im lost because I still see 7.1 receivers, some more power but I dont know if Im really getting anything better at that point. I see a 3400H for 699 and A4L, cant seem to find it anywhere else and paying 700 bucks for a 2 year old refurbished receiver that only retailed for a grand originally feels a bit bad now. I feel like the ship may have sailed on these maybe around BF last year. I dont really want to spend a grand on a 9 channel receiver but if I could find something like a 3600H for the right price I would probably be willing to get one of those, that's about max budget for me I would say but they appear to be all gone and then next up is a 3700h and Im over a grand with that one. \n\nIt seems that Denon and Yammy are the big brands right? Is there anything else out there I should be looking at? Onkyo seems to have had its share of issues and are they actually going away? Sony appears to be non existent too. \n\nthe other option is to just start hooking more speakers to the old Onkyo and see how long it actually takes for it to die, maybe it makes it to black friday and stock and deals may be better then. \n\n\nso sorry about the verbose post but I was trying to be as descriptive about my situation while not rambling too much.