I currently run a 5.1 set-up in a challenging room that has vaulted ceilings that opens up to the kitchen. My speaker line-up is; Sonus Faber Grand Piano front 3 (6ohm), Klipsch dipoles (8ohm), and a huge SVS pb-12 plus2 subwoofer. Using a 60"LG plasma, sony Blueray, apple tv, direct tv hd dvr, sony ps 3, and a wii. Still have a B&K AV5000 series II amp that runs 125 X 5 (and that is conservative) that should be sufficient to run my 5.1 set-up better than most on board amps at my price point. Also, if needed to power a separate zone I have an Adcom GFA 535 that should handle any of that if necessary.
My question is whether to go with a Pre-pro such as the $1699 Marantz 7701 that only has Audyssey MultiEQ XT or go for a receiver Like the Onkyo 929 or the Denon x4000 with Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 and use my B&K as the amp and the receiver for the other Zones Ibelieve that the Onkyo can power 2 zones while the Denon could do only 1 in that configuration.
I am somewhat limited to what I can get as I have $1,000 Best Buy dollars for my failing Pioneer SC25 (replacement warranty), so it would best to go through them, naturally. I have not mentioned the Pioneers or Yamaha's because I have been persuaded that the equalization by Audyssey is superior especially the XT32 version (and I need help with Bass management with this system
Edited by moodyda - 9/24/13 at 6:21pm