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A couple of years ago, I bought my wife a Yamaha RX-V3000 reciever, she's into the HT-I like my 2 channel. Anyway, that thing will do just about anything you could possibly want and you could probably pick one up used for about $700 or so. If you are planning this piece for just an everyday set-up, I wouldn't blow the whole $1200, keep some back for the dedicated system you plan to build.
Look around for the Harman Kardon Signature Series 2.0 Pre/Pro and the 2.1 5 channel amp - they sound wonderful together, look quite nice, and the pre/pro is simply loaded with features and yet has a simple and elegant interface. My wife finds it very easy to use. As a bonus, they can be had here on the 'Gon for right around $1,000.
I can't comment on receivers, I haven't used one for a few years. Rotel comes to mind as one of the best ABOVE bang for buck brand that can be had in your price range, better than the outlaw pre-pro when music reproduction is of any interest. Of course you did say HT only, I just thought I should mention the difference between the two..and most other pre-pro's for that matter.
Your system may be a case were a receiver makes the most sense IMO. Flexability and ultimate sound quality would be the only reason to move to the pre-pro level. (get a receiver with pre-outs just in case).
Thanks for the responces!
Ill check out the Rotels and Harmon Kardon.
Its gonna be a little while yet untill i can start working on my 2 channel system, gonna have alot of projects to do around the house, gotta build a new deck, finish sinishing the basement, yadda yadda.
I would love to have something that i can flop down on thge couch and listen to some music on, anything, and i mean ANYTHING is bettter than what im dealing with.
Check my systems, my cuyrrent HT rig is so bad im too embarrased to post it.
Anyways, I want something that will get me by.
MThe listening room i plan on in the basement, the fiancee wants a real theater built in there. Im hoping this system will be enough that she would scoff at the idea of building a theater, that way i can use that room for a 2 channel rig.
I think im gonna chuck the idea of the KEF's, there is a Mirage dealer in denver im gonna go check out, i might end up getting a couple sets of Mirage OMNI 60's and a sub to match.
I used to have a definitive technology's HT setup, and that had a bitchin soundstage. I like bi/di-pole for HT, might give OMNI-pole a shot.
I used to have a denon 3803, and i loved it, but had to get rid of it. I might just still end up ith a Denon 3805, but with 6/7.1 out of the question, and no way to run a 2nd zone off of this rig, i feel like im paying for extra processing and amplification i wont use.