I have a need for a new home theater receiver. My Outlaw 1050 finally died, forcing me to upgrade my receiver, and after reading some reviews and other forum posts, I have narrowed it down to the Marantz SR5007 or Pioneer SC-1222K, both are in my budget of <$600. Either will be much more powerful than my Outlaw's 65 watts per channel.
For background, my speakers are:
Front: Klipsch Legend KLF-30 (8 ohms, 200 watts continuous, 102 db sensitivity)
Center: Klipsch Legend KLF-C7 (8 ohms, 150 w, 99 db)
Side Surround: Klipsch S2 (8 ohms, 100 w, 91 db)
Back Surround: Klipsch B20 (8 ohms, 85 w, 92.5 db)
Subwoofer: Klipsch KSW-10
I use the system for movies, music, and games. The Outlaw was only 6.1, and I would like to go to 7.1. I pulled my back speaker - another KLF-C7 that I will probably unload on ebay on Craig's List (unless someone in the Austin area is interested - contact me if so) - and will replace it with the two B20's that I already own.
I am not an advanced user, but I would like some "modern" features like HDMI switching (Cable, Blu-Ray, Xbox, HTPC, plus at least one other for future upgrade), on-screen display, room equalization, etc. I have a lot of room, so space is not a concern, and any receiver I buy will get plenty of ventilation. Also, a hugely important feature for me is the ability to increase volume discretely to the center front since I find most movies to be uncomfortably loud when turned up loud enough to hear voices. Aesthetics are not terribly important to me, but I'll admit that I love the look of the Marantz.
The SC-1222 interests me due to its great reviews that seem to be driven by its class D amp, plus it has slightly more power than the 5007 and an easier interface (according to feedback I've read). The Marantz seems to offer great sound, minimalist design (a big plus to me), and pre-outs in case I ever decide to go separates. The difference in remotes is irrelevant to me since I use a universal remote anyway.
Any thoughts to push me over the edge (or toward a completely different solution)?