Okay, so they are battling for my $$$. I currently have a Sony ep9es (first generation DD only). It sounds pretty good but I have recently upgraded to M&K K9s across the front and feel it might be time to do something on the processor side. The HT is in a small room (12’x13’) and from what I’ve read it’s not worth going to a 6.1 or 7.1 setup in such a space. I’m looking at going with something like a used EAD Encore, Thule pr250b, Acurus act-3, or Rotel rsp-976. As you can see my target budget is well below $1K. 90% of the time it will be used for HT but I’d sure like good quality 2 channel as well, for time I would spend listening to music only. Any suggestions? I’m running a Rotel amp (the old style RB-985). Thanks for your help!