Royxc: I just replaced my 1998 Nakamichi with a 2006 Rotel RSX 1056 receiver. The Nak never was superior in the surround sound imaging area and in comparison the 2006 Rotel has been a lot of fun configuring with all 7 channels being used. I'm using a 5 watt/channel tube stereo amp for the front 2 channels only and an assortment of speakers for surrounds. There is a big difference in technology for surround features that cannot be ignored. In an answer to a thread a few weeks ago I mentioned that I purchased a Marantz 7.1 receiver for tryout but it did not work out (separate story). So far, the Rotel has been more configurable for me. I'm guessing that a current new receiver is going to have better sound staging than older processor but probably lesser audio "quality"??I have no experience with separate high quality pre/pro so my opinion just for low/mid priced receivers. Let us know how it finally works out and good luck with your speakers, Mike.
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