I am looking into purchasing a sound system for Home Theater usage (~40%), music/radio (20%), and just plain television watching (40%). I have a PS3 as a blue ray source right now, HD cable box, LCD TV (with eyes on a projector in a year or so!), and HTPC usage between now and some time in the future! I am intending to hook all of these components up using HDMI cables whenever possible (from Monoprice of course)
This will be my first foray into the world of real home audio with my previous experience being just a 5.1 boxed computer speaker set (a Logitec Z-5500). I would like something that will last me awhile and be relatively expandable if I happen to fall into some money
but not be exorbitantly expensive. Im looking at ABOUT $2000 for a 5.1 system (Reciever, LCR and LRsurround speakers, and a subwoofer).
I was wondering if anyone could help me decide between the Onkyo 607 and 707 models. A quick overview of what kind of system I am looking at getting:
-Polk Monitor 50, 60, or 70 for fronts
-Polk CS2 for center
-Polk Monitor 30 or 40 for surrounds (just two for now, expanding to 7.1 later)
-Some powered subwoofer I've yet to decide on
From what I've read so far on the topic of recievers it seems that either the 607 or the 707 would have no problems powering what I have listed here since they are all pretty sensitive speakers (89-90dB).
I have also read that for future expandability by use of standalone amplifiers for the speakers, preouts from the receiver are required. This leads to the 707 since it is the lowest level that has preouts of the Onkyos that i've found.
How different is the Audyssey setup on the 707 to the 607?
Is Audyssey DSX something I even need getting into HT like I am?
As far as the video from each system. I would like the better picture from upscaling obviously, but the PS3 is pretty good at it by itself, so it isnt a requirement.
I guess what I'm looking for in a nut shell from you guys is a reason to, or not to, $250 extra on the receiver.
Thank you in advance for the help!