let's roll it back a notch,
the bottom line thing he's unhappy with, is his Klipsch surrounds. Somehow that's been warped into needing new mains, and moving his mains to surround duty. and that was suggested by the local dealer that he would need better amps for those 'new' fronts, to the tune of $13 K + .
I think he should just replace the surrounds with something that would be a better match, like the 805's, as was suggested above. He isn't unhappy with his mains now, moreso the mismatched surrounds. . I just did a quick search, and saw a pair for $4300 (used, but so what) . With that kind of savings, he could get... what... 5 monoblock Emotiva XPA -1 's, with 500 watts per channel, and still take over 3K to the retirement fund.?
mods, can we have a 'dislike' button ?