the Sherbourn PT 7030 pre-amp/processor from Emotiva. My first step into separates. It looks like it's got all my bases covered except automatic room correction; I'll have to do it manually, and it's not gonna pass through 4K or upscale but I'm always on the tail end of the technology curve anyway so I won't be going that route any time soon. The price is definitely right at $700. on clearance. Down from $1800.
So if you guessed my concern now is amps you'd be right. My surround speakers are in the 100W range except the A6 center. And the A7's are going to need plenty of power to get that sound everyone says they're capable of. My initial thought was to go with the UPA 700. At 80W x 7 it would do the surrounds nicely including the A6. Then I would bi-amp the mains with the UPA handling the mid and tweeters of the A7's and use a separate 2 channel amp to power the woofers. BUT with all the talk of on here of Emotiva amps being on the bright side I'm having second thoughts. The other option is the Outlaw 7075 at 7 x 75W. One review I read says it has the same signature as other more powerful Outlaw amps. Is anyone out there using an Outlaw amp to power A7's? Are they known to be 'warmer' or better suited to speakers like the RTiA7? Everything else seems to be out of my league right now and I'd rather not buy used for something like this.
Thanks in advance!