I have been reading the forums here for several days now and got a lot of valuable information. Since the need I have is a bit odd, I thought I'd seek suggestions / recommendations for my case as well. I am considering a pair of TSi400s (or better) to go with my HTPC (HT/music 50/50) whenever they stock them in Polk Direct and then a matching center later this year.
My current setup is HTPC (Phenom II X3 720 / 6GB / Xonar 24-bit 192kHz sound card), Cambridge Soundworks Amp (7x70W) / 210W Sub / 7 Speakers (MC105). While for movies I don't have much complaints, the music could definitely use some help. The sound card sounds pretty good though while using headphones.
So I am upgrading the fronts hoping it'd fix my music woes. Now I am sure the amp I have isn't going to make the Polks happy but I am on a budget now and can't upgrade it right way (probably around xmas). Still would like to know, what would be the better way to go - an amp like Emotiva UPA-7 or a receiver like Yamaha RX-A800? My first preference would be quality if both of these are able to drive the 400s to the limit. Since this is the budget I have, is there anything better? I am assuming my Xonar card is as good a pre/pro as the RX-A800, is this true?
For the speakers, I probably could stretch my budget a little and go for TSi500, but wondering if there would be any benefit for music or HT? Considering UPA-7 outputs only 125wpc, TSi500 probably wouldn't perform any better than a TSi400. Am I right? I also noticed that RTi A5s are not too far from 500s - will they be better for music at this power (125wpc)?
Sorry for the long post and thanks for any comments / suggestions.