If you're amenable with the dealer, he's not trying to push junk. I've had Onkyo in the past & have Paradigms now for the A/V set up. I do appreciate those Paradigms for very good sound at a value price.
That said, neither has to be the chosen ones & the dealer is sort of pushing for a sale, but that's what you were there for. You got his recommendations, certainly not bad ones at that. Take it from there. Are you ready to make the move? Do you want to invest some time & effort in comparison shopping? Part of that temptation depends on what resources are accessible where you live. In a major metro area many resources will be found.
Actually an $1100 receiver is overkill as to ordinary needs. Depends if you appreciate the fine unit. For an alternative look in c/net's receiver reviews. They are fond of the Denon AVR2807, $1100list, a grand street price, as an affordable sweet spot in the Denon line, rated 8.7 Excellent. It's a new model.
Compare feature for feature with the Integra. Denon is #1 in mid price sales. As a result other brands may tack on a desirable feature or two more, discount more frequently & deeper. Couldn't go wrong with either. Disclosure: I do have 4 Denon components as they have been bullet-proof for me.
Some personal comparison may find a preference for, say the remote control. Sounds minor to some folks, but it's a thing you live with daily. Even with my fondness for them, Denon does lack a bit in user friendliness of accessing features & the remote unit.
Inquiring about speaker possibilities could be even more daunting. Must be 50 fine speaker makers. Paradigms are probably the most available of a group of fine value Canadian speakers. Others include PSB & Totem. Canadian speaker makers leg up is that their government has set up a state of the art & science audio research center & encourage their speaker makers to utilize that otherwise expensive technical knowledge. It's significant to not have to do the research on their own. Seems those lines have fine performance at a good price point.
Depends how complicated you want to make it as a hobby quest. Aside from some checking for obvious alternatives & bargaining for price, the first dealer is not steering you wrong.
Post back to let us in on what you went for.
Does anyone have any input pro or con re: the Integra line? The sales clerk at the a/v shop told me that it was the Onkyo "client" line and inferred that it's Onkyo's higher end product. Although I have seen Onkyos priced considerably higher under its own label. So, why the name change? It is priced at about $1100.00. Don't know if that's good or bad. They also recommended a Paradigm speaker system to go with it. Total outlay (receiver and speakers)of about $3000. Any insight is appreciated.