I am nearing the end of construction on a new house and looking to upgrade my home theater. The living room is 22 x 19 and shares an open area with a 11 x 13 kitchen, 11 x 11 nook and 8 x 8 entry and the area has a cathedral ceiling. The receiver will be powering a velodyne cht-12 sub, infinity c-2 and hts satelite speakers. I have an x-box, sony progressive scan dvd, sony direct tivo and have pre ordered a hitachi 57" s500 hdtv for when we move in. the house has been smart wired and the speaker wires were run for 5.1 with rear speakers on side walls to face each other. I could run 2 more wires for 7.1 easily if I wanted but wasn't sure if I would want to. I currently have a sony db-940 receiver and could just keep it, but have the urge to upgrade. I haven't looked for a while so I need some information about what would best suit my home theater. $700(or less) is my limit or else my wife won't let me live long enough to move in.