I don't post much on this website, but read it almost daily and have already learned quite a bit about audio equipment. Some of you may recall that I previously asked for advice regarding the AVR507 vs NAD T773. Based on the information that I received in that thread (and B&K's price drop ), I decided that the B&K was the best route to go.
To recap my situation, I have four LC80i in ceiling speakers which are to be used as L/R and surrounds, as well as an LSiC and PSW 505. Zone 2 will be out on the deck and will utilize Atrium 55's. I am going with a receiver rather than separates simply due lack of space. I have an entertainment center which my wife really wants to keep, and if I change things too much in that area, she may just get a little more inquisitive as to how much $$ I have going into the HT. Some things in life are best left on a need to know basis, and AV equipment is most definitely one of 'em.
I already know that the B&K is a great product, but I've heard that they can run pretty hot. My entertainment center offers relatively little air circulation, unless I leave the front doors open during operation. I've read that the Sunfire runs much cooler, which would be a definite plus. At this point, however, I'm not gung ho about raising the ante another $1,000 or so...especially after the previous upcharge between the NAD and B&K. My relatively modest HT system certainly does not require the kind of power that either of these AV receivers offer, but I am not looking to save a few $$ and forever wonder "What if?". Any suggestions out there???
I hate to bother you with this, but at least it's not some unsupportable drivel about why my candidate rocks and yours sucks! Lest any of you think I'm dragging my feet on the equipment purchase, our new house isn't scheduled to be completed until late October or early November and I saw no reason to eat up a few months of warranty while my hardware sits in storage.
Thanks again for your insight!