We went over to a friends house last night and he purchased a Carver C1000 a couple months back. I helped him set it up and so forth but didn't really play with it until last night. Now THIS thing is cool. Built like a friggin' tank, 200 wpc, all channels driven (5 channels) with the standard bells and whistles.
I'm REALLY impressed with how that thing sounds (not that I'm biased about carver). While it wouldn't make me want to ditch separates, it's probably the closest in terms of power and sound quality that I've heard.
My only two bitches about it are no A/B speakers and the remote is crappy, but that's small taters.
Anyway, you can find them used and on closeout for around a grand, I'm told. If you are in the market for a GOOD receiver, I'd give the Carver some serious thought.