I really need some help

OK I admit it I am in WAY over my head:( I have been learning a lot from this site but also wasting a lot of time because I feel embarrassed to ask for help. Please go easy on me as I am not that savvy about what I am attempting to do but at the same time I want to learn and I don't want to pay someone else to do it for me.

So here is what's going on

I am building a new home theater system at my new house. I have been picking up items off ebay and craigslist here and there and finally have my pile of stuff. or at least thought I had everything I needed...

The center channel is a starlet 9, this is a bi-amped speaker with a ribbon tweeter. The left and right are starlet 6's same deal with bi-amp. I have dipole 5's for the rears so that is a total of 8 channels. I also have a cinema 12 sub that came with it's own amp so amplification for that is all set. As well the starlet 9 and 6's according to the directions need to be tuned with trim pots so the amp must have trim pots or could I use a active crossover maybe??? If so which one? I have spent a week on this now trying to find a 8 channel amp with trim pots that isn't going to put me in the poor house. I really like the Marantz AV8003 and the MM8003, yes I also still need a pre amp as well. The speakercraft manual states I need at least 75 watts per channel for the 9's and 6's, I would like no less than 100 watts per channel. Can anyone help me? I would love to get this set up right away. BTW I am personally building the stage where all this stuff is going, oak pillars which the speakers will mount into and oak enclosure for the TV. I am very handy with the woodwork and have built several custom cabinets for systems in the past.

I also want HDMI capability as well.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Take a look at the Cinenova Grande Amplifiers....3,5,7, and 16 channel models. (all have trim pots)

Prepro...take a look at the Integra DHC-9.9

You should post this in the home theater forum. It will get more exposure to other Audiogoners.
Sherbourne 7010/A pre and several Sherbourne Amps. The pre is the same as a Sunfire IV.
They have a 12 channel amp that is bridgeable. You could bridge 6 channels for your front bass and then use 1 channel for each tweeter in the system (11 total, 1 unused). Or, bridge another pair for the center tweeter too. Bass is what is so demanding anyway. There are other sherbourne amps out there as well.
Here is an update.

I purchased a mc122 for the rear and a mc7106 for the front. I also purchased a AV8003 for the pre. I have to say this site is one of the best sites on the net. Unfortunatly I am going to spend a lot of money as I have now found a bunch of 2-channel stuff on this site that I want.

I am going to work my buns off to get the Mcintosh big amps to drive the Klispch in my 2-channel set up. I am so excited. It is going to take a while to save up but I am going to do it.

I can't wait to get the home theather set up. It's going to sound great. Thanks to all who helped in this thread, over the phone and by email. As well thanks to everyone who gave me a great deal on equiptment.