I was getting pretty complacent with my home theatre so it was time for a makeover.
My beloved B&K AVR317 went to a new home and my favorite CDChanger of all time also grew legs. Thankfully they went to a couple really good friends and core members of this forum. I know they are in good hands.
The wife changed the layout of the HT room so instead of re-mounting ALL the speakers, which would have driven me insane, I decided to simplify for awhile. All the LSi speakers were retired back to storage and in its place, two SurroundBar 50's. I'm going to run one normal array, below the HDTV and the other one above, using the High/Wide options on my new AVR.
I picked up a Onkyo TX-NR5007. This was a tough decision since there are more than a handful of excellent AVR's to anchor a system out there. The Pioneer Elite SC series, Adcom, Rotel, B&K, Cambridge Audio, Denon, Integra, Yamaha Z series....you get the picture. These are very capable pieces of gear, each with pros and cons but this isn't the 1980's anymore. Onkyo has really hit some homeruns with the new TX-SRxxx series and I've been wanting to try one out for some time. My preference is to own stuff that other people don't if at all possible, so I went with the Onkyo NR series. I don't see them talked about much and compared to the Cambridge Audio 650R I had....it walked all over it.
Another goodie that my friend Ron @ SVS offered to let me play with was a AS-EQ1. Even tho' the PB13-Ultra is the new bully on the block...my PB12-Ultra/2 doesn't lose much in direct comparison. It's still one of the best subwoofers I've ever heard and they've ever made. Ron was very motivated about his new EQ and promised it will blow me away, and bring my subwoofer to a whole new level. I know him well enough that he's not that animated for no reason. If he's lying, I get to kick him in the balls at CES next year :D
Anyways, I'll get some pics up as I start to assemble everything. Frank @ Signal Cable is making a custom SurroundBar cable harnesses and a couple other odds and ends. I also have some Polk help on the dual SBar array so we'll see what happens.
I'm very excited and hope it sounds ok, or I'll just set fire to everything including myself.