The receiver makes diddly difference in comparison to getting a decent sub. The Pioneer AJ sub is junk. Put the money you would have spent on a new receiver into a decent sub like a Hsu VTF-2.What is everyone running?
I just stepped up from a tsr-7810.
my new house has some ceiling speakers as well as speakers in a few rooms in the ceiling as well as the outsides porches.
For the room where the unit sits I was thinking if just doing Polk signature s60, s35 and surrounds and use the in ceiling speakers. Probably get another pioneer Andrew Jones sub. I’ll probably need an for multiple zones, not sure how it’s wired yet
If you like Polk, get the only really good center speaker they make, the LSi 706C which is available from the Polk Outlet for 1/3 of its normal retail:
LSiM706C Big Center Channel Speaker | Polk Audio™
The LSi M 706c center channel speaker features two 6.5" mid woofers, a 3.25" midrange and a 1" tweeter to disperse sound over a wide, uniform area.
The center does 60-80% of the HT output---the front mains are almost irrelevant in comparison. If you want Polk towers, their Outlet has the S50 for $200 each, which would be fine.
But if going with the $250/pr Polk S20 instead of the S50 will give you more budget to get a decent sub like that Hsu, by all means get the S20. Towers are mainly a VISUAL preference when it comes to HT unless you are specifically looking for super loud volumes.