So I thought to make a post on here asking a few questions I had. I WAS eyeing the Sonus Venere towers to replace my aging 5.1 JBL Northridge setup (I figure I can reuse the matching fronts and rears as satelites and get some really good quality fronts, plus a new center, as I think the Northridge center needs to go in the garbage at this rate).
Anyway, my initial inclination was towers, and I liked the Sonus Venere's, but slowly but surely I leaned more toward the BW CM series (in part because they had two different center channel options, both of which looked a little more appealing than Sonus's).
So from there I was partial to the seperated tweter design they put in two of the new S2's, and I thought better of going for the CM10S2 (I think it would be too much speaker?) settling on the CM6 s2's instead. I may still beef up my center with the higher level CM S2 center though, given how underwhelming my current center channel is.
So my question is, given what I'm going for, I wanted to get a new receiver that would measure up (I currently have a 5-6 year old Sony with only two HDMI's, one of which died somehow, so it's gotta go, liked it otherwise though). Mind you, I'm not a "major" audiophile, I just want to make sure my stuff sounds good. I can't imagine in that regard I'd go wrong with a 2015 Denon or Pioneer Elite (waiting for them to announce and come out with this years midrange models, which I realize will be a while yet)? Heck, I even though about seeing what Sony's top midrange STR1060 model will be all about, after hearing such nice things about the 1050 last year. I know a lot of people like the Marrantz brand (or better), but that may just be too high end for me? And I do enjoy some of the mainstreamness that the Denon/Pioneer/Sony stuff has.
And of course if I could find a decent deal on a Diamond tower I'd take it, but I wasn't expecting it :P . I do wish the S2's had more separate tweeter models though, as I would have loved to get the CM9 or somesuch like that.