You can expand your options by going for a 5-channel amp and a 2 channel from the same company, as there are many of these compared to just a few 7 channel amps. Bryston makes a good 5 channel amp, for instance, but I'm sure you'll get many recommendations for specific equipment on this thread. I believe one of the Lexicon processors can do 7.1, and you often see these used. The Brystons can be found used as well (with their 20 year warranty), which could free up some $$ for what really counts (i.e. speakers). BTW, a THX certification doesn't mean a helluva lot, even in a sub. It means the unit meets certain specifications, and paid for licensing, but it doesn't mean it sounds good (this is not a comment on the MK stuff, which I'm not familiar with). Good luck.
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