If your budget is $1000, I would stick with the Rotel.
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You guys are right. There really is no justifiable reason to upgrade my Rotel receiver - which I incorrectly posted as a 1066 - it is an RSX1055. :-o
I've been replacing a lot of components in the last month or so and I think my upgraditis spilled over a bit. I'll spend some money on some CDs or records instead. :-D
Good call Holy, I have a Rotel and think it is great for the money, and I dont care what others say.....there are far more costly models wich only boasts fractions of better performance for movies, now music is a whole diffrent animal, if I were to ever upgrade for movies it would more certainly be a Lexicon, if you think the Rotel is versital....just wait till you see how good a Lexicon is, its surround decoding is world class aswell.
Thanks Chadnliz. The Rotel is a keeper, at least until I am willing to spend a lot more money. I'll tweak the system in other ways, I think. I don't need anything more complicated since my HT system is pretty simple. You look at the back panels of some of these receivers/processors and there seem to be hundreds of connections, none of which I would probably ever make use of!
I am a bit embarassed to write this, but after all of that "Yes I'm going to keep the Rotel receiver," I didn't. (Well, I still have it; anyone want to buy it?!?) I ended up getting a great deal on a Sunfire Ultimate Receiver. It fits just fine on my Sistrum platform and it "shore looks and sounds purty." I spent a lot more $$ than I had planned - I seem to admit that a lot here - but I am very pleased with the results. :-)
I'll have to update my system info and pictures this weekend.
No, no dog food on the menu right now. :-D
You're right, Chad. Guess I was bound and determined to upgrade.
I need to live with the receiver a bit longer before I can comment on the sound. All I can say right now that it sounded immediately better - very descriptive, huh?!? - but whether or not that's because it has to be because I spent all that money, I can't yet say! The Sunfire certainly has more power (200 W/channel as opposed to 75 W/channel) and the sound seems fuller, richer...