I agree with @Shakeydeal regarding AVRs and quality speakers. La Scalas deserve better.
The dilemma is that the features available in AVRs to enhance TV watching, such as multi-channel, make it problematic to use the same speakers for TV and 2-channel. After trying to watch movies using our 2-channel Klipsch Heritage setup with 4 Exodus Anarchy subs, we grew tired of no center channel for dialogue, and no rear speakers for 5.0.
Our solution was to use five DIY Fostex FE103 bass reflex for TV/movies and a separate system for 2-channel. To accomplish, this I ordered a basic Yamaha AVR from Accessories4Less (A4L). The “open box” unit was less than $250. Unfortunately, the center channel did not work.
A customer service person at A4L was very helpful. He quickly agreed that my diagnostic efforts confirmed the dead center channel. He asked what kind of speakers I was using. When I told him about the Fostex drivers he hemmed and hawed before asking me, “Why are you using such a shitty AVR with audiophile speakers?” He went on to say that true audiophiles never use an AVR for music.
Ultimately, he seemed satisfied regarding my plan to use the “shitty” Yamaha AVR for TV viewing, and to use a dedicated 2-channel system for music. The replacement “shitty” Yamaha AVR works perfectly and provides 5.0 when available.
BTW, several dealings with A4L have been excellent. I highly recommend them for any “shitty” AVR you might need.