I'm helping my parents piece together a 5.0 setup, and need some other options or thoughts on what I've missed. They're at home and streaming more Movies/TV than ever and are going to properly treat themselves to something better than their soundbar. The need for white speakers has landed us on some truly lovely sounding/looking KEF R7s and a R2c - that choice is mostly set in stone. The rears will be a pair of B&W M1 MK2. I am pushing for an additional pair of these, to up it to 7.0 - but for now it's just 5.0. There won't be a sub, my father is semi keen but it's not wife sanctioned atm. Also, I own a pair of KEF R3s myself, and personally don't find the need for a sub either. We believe the R7's bass response should be pretty ideal for the situation. Can always add sub if needed.
We've been to our local Hi-Fi store - will be buying the KEFs from them - and I'd love to support them in the Pre-pro/Amp purchase too. However, I'm very much leaning towards separates from Emotiva (see title).
The MC-700 pre-pro because of a few reasons, including;
Great price point - not paying for things we aren't using. Fundamentally, they only really need are some inputs, two 4k outputs (TV & Projector) and 5.0 mixing (with max potential of 7.1).
Rather simple remote - parent friendly.
Great EQ options - EmoQ reads like it's quite good. I'm sure it's no Dirac Live, but those units are a huge step up in dollars.
Slimline, friendly looking.
Great stepping stone to fall in love and learn more about HT.
Friendly enough price point ... that when Emotiva brings out a the MC-700 equivalent of their RMC-1/UMC-2 line, could sell this off and upgrade then, if needed.
Can use Sonos their current Sonos Port, and not Heos etc.
BasX A-5175 (evenan A-500)
BasX A-5175 is because in my mind, the speakers deserve it. I don't think it's overkill. I would even get them to stretch for the XPA-5 but it won't fit in the media cupboard - too thiccc.
I understand the MC-700 isn't without it's problems, but what isn't? Am also aware they've pulled distribution from Aus. Other options include;
Outlaw 976 (can't find in AU)
Marantz 7705 (epitome of over-buying to me, could be wrong!)
AVRs like Marantz SR5014 or Denon AVR X3600.
Thanks for any thoughts,