I am, as many know, relatively new to the hobby. My equipment (For mostly home theatre use):
Monitor 50's (Fronts) 30's (Surrounds) CS1 (Center)
Def. Tech Prosub 800
Denon CD Player
Now, here is the help required section...I know to eventually upgrade my speakers, I will need a new receiver - I have heard that I should look for one that preferably has pre-outs so I can hook in extra amplification. Now, I saw on sale on the forums an Onkyo 801 - I am assuming it is an older version of the 805/806 which is currently out. I have read that many find that a very nice receiver. My question is - what would I expect by using that instead of the 606 I have (With current speakers), and if you can comment on the potential it has for upgrades. For example...I believe the 801 does NOT have HDMI, where my current does...also it does not support True HD, where my current does. Would the extra power/preouts, etc. be an upgrade, or would I be better with what I have? I know my speakers are not the highest quality polks, and it will probably be some time before I upgrade. Please consider this a 'general' question, because this will probably not be very influential in my actually purchasing the receiver, unless it is a big upgrade...I am quite happy with what I have. I also see other receivers every once in a while (Here and other places) that have the same issues - more power, potential, but older without HDMI/True HD, and I'm never sure if it's better.
Thanks for the input.