I know next to nothing when it comes to preamps, surround processors, amps, etc and what all is necessary or recommended when upgrading from a simple receiver setup. This is my current 5.1 setup: Panasonic XR55 Onix X-MTM - L/R Onix X-CS - Center Onix X-LS - Surrounds HSU VTF-15H I'm looking to either upgrade to a newer receiver OR to a preamp/amp type of setup. The XR55 doesn't have HDMI, is horrendously ugly, and receivers with Audessy MultiEQ intrigue me. Am I right in assuming that it's unlikely I won't get a major power increase if I just upgrade to a more current receiver? The 100wpc the XR55 puts out isn't exactly underpowered for a receiver. I don't have a set budget, but I'm not made out of money. I'm thinking ~300-~600 if just upgrading to another receiver, I assume it'd be significantly more for the separate component setup. TL;DR: Recommend me good mid-level receivers with good power/hdmi/Audessy MultEQ and/or recommend pre-amp/amp type setup that would be an improvement over my current XR55.