Hi all, I am starting to consider what I would like to upgrade my receiver to when the time comes. My current system is a 5.1 system consisting of a pair of Linn Ninka fronts, a Linn Ekwal center, a pair of Linn 5110 Unik rears and a Vandersteen 2WC subwoofer. I would like to go to something like a 7.2 or even a 9.2 system in my room (16' X 19' X 8' so I do not think it is a large enough room to accommodate 11.2, and honestly 9.2 may be a stretch, but I like the idea of the front Highs) by adding another Vandersteen sub and another 2 pair of the Linn Uniks for front highs and back speakers. My current receiver is an NAD T762 that I have absolutely loved, unfortunately NAD does not do a good job keeping up with newer home theater formats. I attribute this to their "Music First" philosophy, but whatever.
When I do my upgrade I would not mind simply going with a 9.2 receiver initially, but I want one that can be turned into a pre as I add amps over time. My Linn's are all 4 Ohm speakers, so when I buy a receiver it has to be able to handle that, but most of what I would consider should be able to do this fine. The receivers I have considered are the NAD T775/777 but am leaning towards the Onkyo 3009/3010. As I add amps I had initially planned to use NAD amps, but honestly I have seen a lot of reviews of the Emotiva's that make me think I should consider those.
I suppose to boil this down, do any of you guys have Linn speakers and a recommendation on receiver/pre and amps that sound good with them?
Also, given room size what are the opinions on 1 vs. 2 subs?
Thanks in advance guys!