Based on the research I've done on this forum, I thought I had decided.
Then when "pitching" the home theatre upgrade to the wife she just shrugged (which now gives me carte blanche).
So I'll send the question out to review from the experts.
I am upgrading the home theatre receiver from an older Denon (10+ year old AVR-87) which I've never really been happy with. I have decided on a sub already with assistance from a helpful AVSForum member (Energy ESW-V10) to go along with my Paradigm Phantom fronts, Paradigm center, and off-brand surrounds (they're Aiwa but actually sound all right to me - this isn't a discussion on the surrounds... yet). I'm also adding in a PS3 into the mix for blu-ray.
I thought I had decided on the Onkyo TX-NR807 for the receiver upgrade. The main reasons I picked this receiver were as follows.
1) The price was about what I wanted to spend.
2) 135 watts (not that big of a deal I know).
3) Network (this was huge for me as I currently have to use an HTPC for internet radio and my favorite station is supported by vTuner) - super bonus is the on-screen display when playing an internet radio station.
I also have a little bit of a strange setup as the receiver needs to be able to drive a separate pair of outdoor speakers on my patio and a stereo speaker in the bathroom. The patio speakers don't necessarily need to be a separate source (as when we're using the patio we're not watching TV/movies). Right now the patio speakers (and the bathroom speaker) are running through a speaker selector which allows me to turn each set on or off depending on the listening situation.
So first, I want to verify that the SR807 will be appropriate for the setup that I've got and still give 5.1 sound when needed. Second, I was thinking about all that I've read on the forum about separate highs and wides and was wondering if I wanted to try to take advantage of this new configuration.
Would there be a better fit than the NR807 for what I'm looking for? Maybe the NR1007? I'd really like to have a 7.1 configuration (is that the right terminology if I'm running 5.1 with wides/highs) and have a separate set of speakers for the patio/bathroom speakers.
Is the NR807 still the right choice? I'm willing to pay a bit more (<$1500 for the receiver) to get me the configuration / sound quality that I'm looking for. Any other advice you can provide or is there additional information that I can provide to help you make a recommendation?
I'm open to all brands and models at this point. It's just that I believe the NR807 is about the right fit for my situation.
Thoughts, suggestions, comments, concerns, etc.?
Much thanks in advance.