I am brand new to this site but the people on here seem very helpfull and not snooty like alot of other sites I was looking at. This week a friend of mine offered me an iresistable deal. I can buy any Harman Kardan receiver through him that Circuit City sells, for 65% off their price. I have a Sony STR-DE 995 receiver that I have been using for about 2 years now in a 5.1 setup. I have Cerwin Vegas all around that I plan on replacing entirely with Polks. I believe the sound is "ok" but it definately does not make my jaw drop. I will be using it in a 15' X 15' room and 75% movies 25% Stereo. I will eventually acompany this receiver with a pair of RTi12's because the reviews from everyone on this site are enough to sell me withought even listening. Dont wory about amplification on the 12's because I will use the unbalanced pre-outs to a sunfire 300 to power them. I have looked at all the information I can find online and believe that the HK AVR-635 is a good match for me because of the price and variable setups along with auto setup and pre-outs to just list a few goodies. I am mostly concerned with the quality of sound this unit produces because I do not want to upgrade for at least 5 years hopefully 10 and I just want to be happy with how it sounds. I was previously looking at the pioneer 1015 untill this offer and figured that the Harman will sound better. I do not have the option to go and listen to them side by side.
I am asking for advice between HK and pioneer for my use.
I also am looking for what model you guys recomend of HK because I am prety dead set on getting one with my discount and I do not want one below the 635 due to any lower wattage.
And Finally I am asking HK owners how satisfied they are because like I said earlier the sony I have sucks and I dont want to buy another receiver for quite a while. Thank you.