I've never owned a multi-channel receiver but the Focal 714V are superb speakers. Personally I'd be looking at Arcam. Focal and Arcam are a dream match, and you can pick-up AVR 250 or 300 around your budget
Personally I think Pioneer, although fabulous, wouldn't match well with Focals.
Other amps to look at are Yamaha and your recommendation Onkyo.
Do you need a surround sound receiver?
Amp; CDP; Turntable; Tuner; Speakers
'Around your budget'? The OP is blank, how do you know what the budget is?
BenLaw wrote:'Around your budget'? The OP is blank, how do you know what the budget is?
Yup - £300.
He's deleted the info. Very odd.
That's really odd. Anyway, I agree with your advice, focals can be pretty bright / edgy so arcam or yamaha makes sense.