hey guys. Been a while!! Switched jobs and was locked out of pretty much every website. Left that job and switched back to my old company that I love. Been a rough few years but finally crawling back out. I just upgraded our 65” Vizio with a 75” Sony. Love this new TV. Really love the remote. With the IR repeater we can control the cable box with the tv remote. Love that I can watch cable TV, then hit the app buttons for Netflix, Amazon, HBO etc. now I’d like to upgrade my audio system. I hate. And I repeat hate my Onkyo receiver. Never liked it from the time I had it in my old theater to my new house. Rarely turn it on. I’d like something simple. My new tv has hdmi arc and want to connect it to whatever sound system. I’ve been listening to receivers. Sony ES, Marantz, and Pioneer Elite. One dealer was recommending Yamaha. I’d like to keep it under $1000. Not opposed to new tech either. Thought about the Sonos Amp. My speakers are Totem Rainmaker mains, the massive center channel Brian build and my custom 16+ year old Pete sub. Love that sub. Any thoughts from the experts? Today at Best Buy I was in the Magnolia studio and listened to the marantz (can’t remember the model number but it was $998 I believe), a Denon and Pioneer Elite 303 and 503. They were pushing Def Tech speakers as they were kind of the closest to my totems. A bit warmer than the Martin Logan bookshelf speakers they had there. The Denon was terrible. No mid range. Decent bass and decent highs but zero middle. The Marantz and Pioneer Elite 303 were very close. Marantz had a bit more mids and depth. Elite a slight bit more high detail. Funny that the cheaper Elite sounded better than the more expensive one. At a local hi fi store I listened to the Sony ES (the mode just under 1k) on Totem Hawks. Basically the floor standing versions of my speakers. It sounded quite good. He then played it through a NAD and that sounded incredible. Out of my price range though. That dealer was saying i should get the Sony as my TV and receiver would connect better for Arc and CEC. Not sure if I buy that or not. So what do you guys think? Anything else to look at? And new tech out there like a Sonos amp to try? I don’t really care about the latest Dolby xyz etc. I’ve been watching movies with just my tv speakers for a while now. Want simplicity for my wife and kids. And good sound for me. Thanks guys. I’ve missed you all.