tough one...go parasound.
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I'm using the Parasound 2100/2250 in a 21' x 12' room mainly for two-channel but also connected to my AV system with sub-woofer. I'm also using the phono stage of the 2100. The by-pass feature is a great option to separate home theater listening from 2-channel. Parasound, the company, is wonderful to deal with; I've asked questions and always received a quick and full response (even from the President, Richard Schram).
I've just upgraded my speakers from standmount Mission 762s to floorstanding Scan-Speak-driver-based speakers. The Parasound units handle everything with ease, low noise and lots of control. It is easy to make adjustments, such as gain and sub-woofer management so would highly recommend them. I've only compared them with high-end products in the showroom when I bought them but in my room the sound is wonderful (at least to my old, inexperienced ears).
Bob Reynolds - The Parasound 2100 preamp has line level outputs that high pass at 80Hz, and it also has a low pass crossover that is variable. My sub already has a variable low pass crossover, so it would be best to connect the sub to the parasound's pre-outs, right? Other wise I am low-passing the sound twice...the 80Hz high-pass goes out to the amp and then to the 685s.
Its curious there are not a lot of voted for the Creek, considering how highly it is reviewed. Just as well, I think I want more power anyway.
I would use the bass managed line level outputs of the 2100 for both the main speakers and sub. Many subs provide a mechanism to disable their internal low pass filter. If yours does not, then simply adjust it to be as high as possible.
The Creek is a classic and based on the Stereophile review quite capable power wise. If you didn't mind an external BMC, it would be a good choice.
And, of course, there is nothing with either the 2125 or 2250 that prevents biwiring.
The HSU's low pass crossover max's out at 180Hz, the Parasound's low pass crossover maximum setting is 140Hz, so I guess I won't be missing anything. I have read sporadic reports of Parasound equipment having reliability issues, but the 10 year warranty makes me feel better about it. And these reports are nowhere near as rampant as, maybe, reports about NAD's new line of A/V receivers...stay away from those!