I'm just about ready to jump into a 7-channel Halo amp setup. I'm torn between getting a A51 (5-channel) and an A23 (2-channel), or getting the A31 (3-channel) from my front speakers and two A23s for my 4 surround speakers in order to save some cash. I'm leaning towards the A31 system to save some money (a few hundred dollars cheaper) since the surround speakers are rarely tested versus the front three speakers. If anyone has any thoughts on the matter, I'd be willing to listen to suggestions.
I've do similar.
BTW, I bought the 8801, too.