Currently I have a Yamaha RX-V795a ("a" is for Americas version I believe) - 85 wpc / 5 channels @ 8 ohms, a Toshiba D-R400 DVD recorder, Polk Audio 5a's fronts (replaced my Klipsch KSB-2.1's), Klipsch KSC-C1 center channel, Paradigm PDR-10 sub, and some KLH-80's for rear surrounds. (I know, I know - I'm also working on speaker upgrades also - just have to watch out for wife factor - I love her, so I don't want to get rid of her yet!)
The Yammie has outputs so I can send signals to external amplifiers if I so desire. I have been toying around with either buying some additional amps to get a little more power and use the current reciever as a HT preamp. Option 2 is to replace the reciever with a better one. NOTE: I will definitely look at used equipment, as I am not currently into the 7.1 (or even 9.1 for that matter). It is just overkill and too much for the room I have to work with. And as always, budget is always a key.
My thoughts are I can add an amp here and an amp there when my funds allow, or do it all at once with a single receiver upgrade. My HT rig is obviously not as important as my 2 channel rig, but it would be nice to have a decent HT rig. (I said decent, not TOP of the LINE!)
Just picking your collective brains.
Carver Gear: MAIN SYSTEM: TFM-55; C-16; SD/A-490t; TD-1770; BEDROOM: HR-772
Non Carver Gear: MAIN SYSTEM: Dual CS-530 TT w/Ortofon Super OM10; POLK SDA-1C's; Phillips CDR-775 CD Burner; BSR EQ-300; BEDROOM: T.B.A.
"I may be poor, but I am rich in sound!!"