Hello Keith,Sorry to hear about your lose from Sandy.
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Outlaw Audio has a very good prepro (975) and matching amps that are reasonably priced. I'm using the Samsung BD-E6500 for 3D Blu-Ray player which will mate well with your Sammy HDTV. If your budget can go higher the Oppo 103 for $500.00 is an exceptional piece. SVS subs are some of the best, and there are many types to fit your system and budget. Also get a Dspeaker 8033c to go with whichever sub you decide to purchase. I have one on my SVS 2039pc+ and my bass has greatly improved with tighter, deeper, and more tuneful sound.
I lost my 2 channel listening room to Sandy, and was fortunate to have taken my system out of the room before the water came in.
If you could please post a list of your needs, and a budget to work with, will help a lot on recommendations.
Good luck :-)
My needs are
I'm looking @ the new rotel rsp-1572 for the processor and rmb-1565 amp since I've been a fan. Also the asw610 since the rotel/b&w matching.
My center is the b&w cc6 & fronts are b&w cdm2, surrounds are Niles iC7FX.
I research some of your suggestions. I figure my total budget for the 4 pieces would top out about $4-5k
If you have 4k-5k to spend, then I'd suggest tying to get a killer, used sub for around $1,500. Revel, JL Fathom, B&W, Paradigm, SVS among many good ones out there.
For an amp, Emotiva gear is getting really good reviews for the money. So like Rotel, they are considered a great value. 'You can get a 5 or 7 channel amp with plenty of power for under $1,000.
For Bluray, if you want the best out there and you don't need analog out, then go for the Oppo BDP-103 for around $500. If you want to save a few hundred, then go with a Panasonic or Samsung Bluray for $150 or so.
For a pre-pro, you can try Emotiva in-house and see how you like it with no obligation. You can also go for a used Integra 80.2 or 80.3. The video card is the only difference there. Brand new the Integra is right around $2,500 or so I believe. Used is much cheaper.
If you want less expensive, the Marantz pre-pro has gotten simply excellent reviews.
I think with the pre-pro it will come down to a choice of EQ options. I'm a big fan of EQ. It works and works very well in the bass regions. The Rotel doesn't offer it on their pre-pros so I'm hesitant to recommend a new Rotel for you.
The emotiva stuff looks interesting. When you've been a loyalist for 15-20yrs its so hard to overcome a bias. I guess I need to be open minded. I'm going to call them tomorrow to chat. My speakers are all small but I have that aversion to an amp less than 100w per channel. They go 80x5. 200x5 seems like overkill, but then again I may upgrade the speakers one day.
The Oppo will end up being the bluray.
Here are a few choices:
Outlaw Audio 975 prepro + 7125 amp (125w pch)... $1398.00
Oppo 103 Blu-ray....................................$ 500.00
SVS PB12 Plus.......................................$1400.00
Dspeaker Antimode 8033c.............................$ 400.00
Add in some for shipping and you will come in around or under 4k. Use the other 1k for the Rodge827 Listening Room Rebuilding Fund :-)
I'm in S.Jersey if you want to check out some of this stuff to see how it works drop me a note at rodge827 at comcast dot net
I uses Revel B15 sub in a room far larger than yours and it is amazing. You can optionally consider 2 subs but it may kill your budget.
I have a Lexicon running my main HT setup but I use an Emotiva x-100a mini for my zone 2 and zone 3.
Kal in stereophile gave the larger Emotivas a spin in his Stereophile column and they were well reviewed. Just a suggestion since you have a free in home.