After much debate, I finally purchased a pair of Athena AS-F1. I plan to add a pair of B1.2 and a C1.2 center. Good choices?! Now i've a few questions!
I am most concerned with the sound quality of music, although I will also use for HT. Room size is about 20 x 25 w/cathedral ceiling.
I have read that the Athena's mate well with Marantz and am looking at the 5600 model, $450.00. Do you feel this receiver is overkill/underkill for the Athena set-up?
I do not see Marantz mentioned as often as NAD, Rotel, HK, Denon, Onkyo, Pioneer, Yamaha. Is there a reason for this that I have missed?
Which 7.1 receivers in the sub $450 range would you recommend I consider?
Since the system use will be mostly music [70's rock, Stones, Jackson Browne, Boz Scaggs, Springsteen, Tom Petty, Eagles, to name a few], how important is a sub with the above speakers? Am I correct in that one's sub need not match the other speakers?
I know I should listen for myself, but opinions are helpful, especially when buying through internet and cannot listen before purchase.
Thanks for your time!