I took the plunge. I've been operating a Polk SDA combo HT/2channel rig for years with HK235s/245 as a pre-pro. I've been running 3 2 channel Carver and Luxman amps on my mains, center and surrounds. I decided to separate my 1Cs into a dedicated rig. A Luxman pre, Carver TFM 45 and I'm still unsure as to source. I'm selling a pair of SDA 2Bs (surrounds) and replaced my fronts (1Cs) with LS90s and RT35s(surrounds) in a 5.1 HT only rig, Oppo BD83SE as a source. I've been running via analog in and out with the HK and when I replaced the speakers, I've found a 2nd problem with the analog input section on the receiver. So I jumped on the 1007. I've considered dedicated pre/pros, but my amps are old and I'm expecting that they'll need to be serviced, so I wanted something that will operate in the interim if I have one go down. Looked at the SC25, Marantz 7002 and really didn't consider the Onk seriously (though I've read from many I respect great things). What put me off Onks was owning an entry level 5xx series years ago and not hearing much difference when I auditioned the 6xx and 7xx's...not in comparison to the SQ of HKs. However, what turned me onto the 1007 is the latest Audyssey features. I'm hoping the higher model will sound significantly better than what I heard a few years ago (2005-06).
Anyway, since the new HT rig doesn't have nearly the power demand of the SDAs, I'll probably just use a TFM35 on the fronts and let the AVR drive the center and surrounds. I'll connect via both HDMI and analog (the 83SEs analog section is very fine) and decide which is the better fit...HDMI w/Aud or straight analog in Pure Direct mode (or whatever it's called). Going 7.1 or 9.1 doesn't make sense, in this room, at this time.
I'm hopeful. Not that I doubt the 1007 will do a great job. I'll post my thoughts when I get things setup.
HT rig: Polk LS90s (full range), CS400i, RT35s (books), Pb13Ultra, Onk, BD83SE, Carver TFM 35.
2 channel: Polk SDA 1Cs, TFM45, Luxman TP114, source ???.