Don't overcomplicate things and don't spend money on devices with features you don't need. Get an AVR with decent room correction. Those 9Hs are made for 2 channel only configurations.I'm not considering Anthem, but thanks. (reasons: first one has to do with user support/repairs; distant second is aesthetics) I'm sure Paradigm would highly suggest the pairing, though. lol.
Markus767- as I understand it, ARC is ONLY used for room correcting/optimizing the bass response of the 9H. This is why I was wondering if that, and the DL in the Arcam's AS IS would work (ie running speakers "small")....granted, the proper solution would be a fix where warranted. But having said that, perhaps in using the 9H and how they feature ARC for the bass and not the entire freq spectrum, would not be too unreasonable. That, or just shut off DL in the Arcam and let ARC do what it needs to do in the bass frequencies. My inquiry is an honest one based on the fact that I have had ZERO experience with any of these modern RC tools.