When I had a HT system, I found that a very well placed 5.1 or 5.2 was better then a “fit it in” 7.1 system. Currently my main system is 2.1 because my house now doesn’t support a well laid out 5.1 and it’d be hard to mount speakers and run wires without re-drywalling the rooms. My other room has a 3.0 where my kids are. I honestly don’t miss the surround sound system.Speaking of volume, how difficult are the X18’s to blow? If the bass is set to 0 [neutral] and the crossover is at 80, can they play to -5 dB on my older Yamaha HTR 6090 that’s allegedly rated at 840 total watts?
I enjoyed Marantz, I had both a 5010 and a 7007 at different times. Better then the Integra 40.1 I had.