First of all you should know that I am somewhat high tech challenged. I can eventually get things figured out but it aint always easy. I am buying the 708 for the phono inputs. A lot of the other discussions in this thread kind of scare me a little, I do believe that with the help of this thread, I can do the updates OK. The audyssey feature sounds interesting and I do like some of the other features.
SPEAKERS. I would like to make use of what I have until the audio budget gets a built up again. What I have, I would like to make use of a set of vintage AR 91 speakers (4 ohm, another reason for the 708) that I plan on restoring, the 12 woofers need refoaming, help with this would be greatly appreciated. I also have a pair of Pro Dynamic Elite 901's that are 4 ohm. They don't sound to bad. Sitting in the basement are a pair of old Sony and a pair of old Mitsubishi Three ways. Both are in fine working order and are 8 ohm. I also have a set of Sony 5.1 surround speakers with a subwoofer that I was never to happy with. These are left over's from a Sony STR-K7200 AVR that the Onkyo is replacing. The room this system is going in is 12X20 and fully carpeted. The room also opens to two other rooms that are not very big, both rooms have pocket doors to isolate the AV room. I'm an old, play it loud rocker, Santana, The Boss, Stones, etc. that would like to achieve that good old thumping clean sound with the LP's, CD's and Tapes. But I also very much enjoy the high tech surround sound of today's TV, mostly sports, and Movies. (Yes I do listen to internet radio).
How can I best incorporate the 4ohm speakers in a 5.1, 5.0, 7.1, or 7.0 systems?
Which would be better for listening to LP's, CD's, and Tapes?
I like what I read about the front wide and front high feature that this receiver has. Are there any economy 4 ohm speakers out there that would work well with the ones I have for high speaker placement? How about Subs.? Maybe I should just build a couple of good 4 ohm speakers for the highs or wides? Or should I just forget about using the old stuff and stick with the cheap Sony system I have until I can get a new more modern set of speakers? I did order a new Polk CS-10 center speaker thinking I could use that with the old stuff. It could be returned or I could use it with the Sony speakers.
Do I have to give up the Rock sound to get a good Surround Sound?
Hey, I want to thank you for taking the time to read and respond to this post.
Rock and Roll will never die, Neil Young, like the way he says it best.
I feel as though I need to apologize to all of you who took the time to read this post pre-edit. I have downloaded the owner's manual and have had a chance to look at it a little. It seems as though I need to come up with a 4 ohm center speaker if I want to use the two sets of 4 ohmers that I have. The above post has been modified because I re-learned some stuff I seem to have forgotten. The Basis is the same though; I am struggling over speaker selection. Thanks again.