I bought the receiver this week locally for $850 plus tax. I just saw it on newegg and the local place said to come in for a refund on the difference. so that's not bad. I'd rather eat the cost of the tax and not have to disconnect everything, return it, order on newegg, wait for it to come in, and then reconnect it all again. So it will be a difference of $40-50 on taxes, well worth it to me.
Right now, I have the receiver connected to a Pioneer speaker setup. You may be aware of the speakers Andrew Jones designed for Pioneer. I have towers in the front, their center, and towers for my rears. Sounds awesome for $500 in speakers!!!
But the Pioneers are going in my basement setup for the kids to play video games, music, and just have music when hanging with their friends. Pioneer VSX-23 receiver will be used down there. For the 809, my new setup will be Jamo 606 5.0 setup from Vann's which is also $500, but with a twist. I also ordered the E 8sur.2 rears that were another $200. For my configuration in my living room, these types of speakers work better for me than bookshelves.
Soooo...the small book shelf speakers that come with the 5.0 setup will probably be used as front height or front wide. Just wondering if it will sound any better than a straight 5.1 setup with the height or wide speakers in place. I will try both with the cables run over the sheetrock. If either will be permanent, I will run speaker wire behind the walls like all my other speakers. The sub, btw, is an elemental designs a3-250 ported sub. Sounds really good in the last 4 or 5 setups it was used in.
My LR is 15x45' but the area where my tv/movie/music listening takes place is 15x20 with 8' ceiling. Do you think wide/hi/none would be best?
Thanks and sorry for the long post, but I love to write and give detailed info whenever I do.