How large is your listening area? The room needs to be fairly large to consider 7.1, IMHO. Then it would depend on your personal tastes. I find 5.1 is great for my HT needs, I feel no desire to go to 7.1, but 80% of my listening is music (2 channel only). My room is 24 X 14 X 8.5 .As far as pre/pro's go, a friend of mine has a Aragon Soundstage, which does a very nice job. I think you should be able to get one of those for around $1400. I liked it better than the B&K Reference 30.
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