This is my first post here!
I have had Monitor 70s tied to an Onkyo TX-8555 for a 2-channel setup for several years now. I also had Monitor 40s tied to an Onkyo TX-902 as a smaller desk friendly setup. I started figuring that I've already got most of the stuff, so why not build a 5.1 system out of it?
So, my plan is to use the 70s as fronts, the 40s as rears, and I bought a CS2 center (wow, that's bigger than I expected!). I'm down to needing a sub and a 5.1 receiver since I have no 5.1s laying around worthy of these speakers.
I'm leaning toward the PSW505 sub seeing as it seems that it's nearly unanimously well-liked and seems to be the exception to the complaints about Polk subs.
I'm torn on a receiver, though. I want to keep it around the $500 range. I'm a fan of Onkyo and have never met a receiver from them that I didn't like. I've had great luck with Pioneers in the past as well, but am certainly not tied to just those two brands. Any suggestions? I'm basically looking for something to drive those speakers without any trouble and that will sound good, doesn't need to have any fancy extras. I'd like a few HDMI ports (minimum of 3) and 2-3 sets of RCAs should do it. A phono input would be a plus, but it seems it's harder to come by on the 5.1 receivers so I might just have to steal a normal RCA input and put in a preamp.
I love my Monitor 70s and 40s and they've both gotten lots of use. I think they'll make a pretty decent 5.1 setup.
Thanks in advance for any input!