I am starting the process of upgrading my home audio system and I am looking for a recommendation on a receiver.
For my main speakers, I have purchased a set of RTi12s from the Polk ebay store. My current receiver doesn't have the power to drive them, and it is lacking preamp outs. I do have an Adcom GFA-555ii amplifier to drive those once I get a new receiver. I'm hoping to have find a CSi3 or CSi5 for the center. The system is in a greatroom, and the living room area is about 16'x24'. TV is on a 16' side. I am currently running 5.1, but would like to switch to 7.1.
Regarding my equipment to connect, I have a Blu-ray player over HDMI and a wii over component, so I don't need a ton of inputs.
I've been focusing on the Onkyo receivers as they seem to be well liked and considered a good value. Based on this, I was looking at the RC180/NR807 and they seemed to have a decent feature set, though a review by HomeTheaterMag shows that it only delivers 30wpc all channels driven. I'll use the external amp for the RTi12s, but i'm concerned about having enough power for the center. I was considering stepping up to the nr1007, as I have read on forums (no test results) where people state that it will deliver it's rated power on all channels. I am very interested to try out the Audyssey 9.1, but I'm not sure if I am just trying to talk myself into the 1007...
The NR1007 is already stretching how much I want to spend. I am a little concerned about spending that much money on it and having a new HDMI revision on its way out with new models this year.
Does anyone have some feedback on the NR807/NR1007 comparison? Are there some other models that would be more appropriate to consider?