Thanks for all the feedback! This is good stuff. Will a 3 channel amp for the front stage really make a defference? And it may be just this forum but Emotiva is usually the only 3 channel amp brought up. Is that just because it's affordable brand new? I only ask since there are other 3 channel options from Parasound, NAD, Acurus ect... I am a little skeptical on the Emo, granted for no good reason other than WOW, that cheap for 200 wpc amps brand new? Then you go get a nice Denon/Onkyo/Elite and add a budget AMP to improve sound? I also emailed Emo asking some questions around the XPA-5 ( For front stage, Bi-Amping the L/R ) or just XPA-3 and got an answer that seemed based on what they had in stock, which was the XPA-3 since the XPA-5 was not. I am a rookie but my naive perspective would have told me th XPA-5 Bi-Amp would maybe provide better detail.
So the receivers I mentioned should all handle any size room, in a 1000sq ft room what am I gaining by adding a front stage amp? If it's an obvious improvement at all volume levels then I am all in.
Or since you can pick up these receivers ( except the NAD ) for sub $1400 new should I take that addition $$ and add a 2nd sub for better bass response
I will say, and should have done this innitially, that my constant itch to add the amp is for a better 2 channel experience. HT is important but these receivers seem to all handle.
Thanks again for the continued feedback