I'm building a new house and will be putting a front projection system in the finished basement. It is an open multiuse space, including a bar, tv/movie wathcing area, card table, etc. I'm struggling selecting either a receiver or preprocessor/amplifier. Specifically, I'm looking at the Marantz SR7007 or the Outlaw 975/7125 combo. To me, the Outlaw seems like the obvious choice, however my fear is that without Audyssey or other auto calibration / EQ I'll never be able to tune the system to it's fullest potential.
Here's the rest of my planned setup:
Panasonic AE8000U projector
Dragonfly 120" Acoustiweave Screen
Definitive Technology UIW RLS II Left/Center/Right
Definitive Technology UIW RSS II Left/Right Surround
EIther Definitive Technology SuperCube 4000 or Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX Sub
Sony PS3 for Blu-ray
Apple TV 3
Mentally, here's where I am - if I get the Marantz, I'll run Audyssey, let it do it's thing and be happy with my system, but will be second guessing myself for paying around the same money for a receiver when I could have got separates with a real 125W/channel. If I get the Outlaw, I'll be second guessing my config the enitre time, possibly never getting the system sounding as good as it possibly could.
By the way, I'll be running a 5.1 setup and do not care about the additional features of the receiver like Airplay, networking, control from iPhone app, etc. I'm really looking for the best sound and punch while watching movies.
So... what would you do, and why?
Thanks for your help!