I'm starting to have second thoughts on upgrading to separates. First, I'd really like to get a pair of Rti12's to replace my 10's. If anyone is interested, I'll be selling the 10's in January when I change my setup. I could still go w/ the Outlaw stuff, but is 200 wpc really necessary for the surrounds? Plus, 200 watts is only 2/5 of what the 12's can handle. All I'm really looking to do is improve my system w/in my budget, I'm not sure I'm really in the position to graduate to separates quite yet. What I'd really like to do is bi-amp the 12's to get the most out of them. I'm thinking about getting a nice receiver, better than my Onkyo, use that for HT/music, and get a separate amp to power the lower drivers in the 12's. So, couple of questions:
First, is bi-amping the 12's really worth sacrificing the Outlaw system (950/770), or would 200 watts be enough to drive them adequately?
Second, I'm thinking about the Harmon Kardon 7300 as my receiver. I know that will service me well w/ both music and movies. Any thoughts on other units? I can get the 7300 for about $1600 at onecall.com. Is there another comparable receiver at about that price that would work well? I was looking at the NAD T773, but I read that the freq resp. was 30-20kHz. That won't bode well for the 12's.
Lastly, to drive the 12's woofers I was looking at two mono amps from Outlaw for $600. Is there another amp you can suggest, possibly one 2-channel rather than two monos in that price range that would be good? I was looking at the Carver site, and they had one for 300wpc, but I think those might be too pricey. Plus, they didn't have any links to US dealers on the site to get an idea of the cost.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I still have yet to spend a day looking and listening, but again the new system upgrade won't be happening for a few months. Thanks