Ok, I am back from a short vacation and am about to open my speakers, but I still do not have a receiver yet.
I was going to settle on one of two receivers and just needed a little advice. Just to let you know, I chatted with Mike from Accessories4Less about suggesting a good receiver that would compliment these speakers (I have 2 towers, 1 center, 2 surrounds, 2 bookshelves and a SVS sub for a 7.1 system). I plan to use it for movies, blu-rays, video games and music (my tastes from music vary from rock, electronic, occasional classical and jazz).
1.) Denon 4520CI - This is the receiver that Mike suggested based on the specs of the speakers. It's Denon's flagship receiver and can be bought for about $1100 marked down from $2500. He said for my tastes, it would do these speakers justice, but it's a lot more to pay than what I intended.
2.) Yamaha Aventage RX-A1030BL - I can get this today at Bestbuy as an open box deal (it was a display item), excellent condition and 3 year warranty for $500.
I did have a Yamaha previously and although it was very reliable it never really captivated me as far as sound was concerned. It did it's job, plain and simple. I've heard that this Denon was amazing, but at $600 more I wasn't sure if it was worth it. If anything, I can hold onto this Yamaha until that price comes down, pick it up then and try it out. If it is indeed better, then I'll just sell the Yamaha (or if it goes down within 30 days, I can take it back to Bestbuy). Although I did read also that Yamaha was a bit more difficult to set up with YAPO than Denon.
in which Audioholics look at the Emp Tek's, which are driven by an earlier version of this Yamaha, the RX-A1020 and the reviewer said it was very good, yet on their site they recommended a Denon to go with their Emp Tek suggested set
Lastly, I was curious about wiring. 12 gauge, 16 gauge? Bluejeans or Monoprice or does it really matter? My room is 26" long, 13" from screen to couch and 8" tall.
Thanks again and an Happy New Year to you all!!!