I am trying to put together a system for a large room (30X20 Timberframe/vaulted ceiling). I currently have a "discreet" system with some Mirage Nanosats, Infinity Sub, powered by a Yamaha 497 Receiver. I like this platform because I mainly run XM and my Ipod off the 497.
I am looking at a Yamaha 797 and a pair of RTi A7's, AND preamp out to the 497 to run the Nanosats. Plan B is to run the A7's off an amp (I have been looking at the B&K 125.2 and 200.2 units) for more snot as I hear these speakers crave power. If I am not satisfied in 60 days I will upgrade to the A9's, at which point the amp will come in even more handy. I will use the 797 as a preamp/source type unit.
I have three questions.
1. are there any good pre-amps/integrated amps out there with XM support and/or Ipod support.
2. are these B&K Reference series amps overkill for the Polk speakers.
3. Should I go straight to the A9's (do not pass go!)
Any advice is welcome on filling up this room with some new, and big, sound.