Hi....new to this board and need some advice. I'm not an audiophile at all, but I am looking to purchase a new audio "system" for my new home.
I bought a new home that is currently under construction (won't be ready until Nov/Dec 2009). I purchased the builder's upgrade audio package that includes pre-wiring for 7.1 speakers (in ceiling) plus installation of two outdoor speakers in the backyard.
There are so many choices out there, but the Onkyo TX-SR607 seems like a great deal for what you get for the cost.
1. I have a budget of $500 for a receiver. Does the SR607 give me the biggest bang for my buck? If not, what are some other options I should look at?
2. Since I have the outdoor speakers, can the SR607 handle a 2nd zone?
3. Since my new home is pre-wired for in-ceiling speakers, what are my best options? This is an area I am completely lost. Do I get different speakers for front, mid and rear? What about the sub(s)? Should I get two since the SR607 supports two subs? Realistically, what kind of budget should I plan for? I don't need high-high end, but I also don't want to limit the capabilities of the receiver.
Thanks for your help!