Ok, I have decided that if the 47tx that I have on order does not arrive by this Friday then I am going to cancel that order and go with a Sony 5ES and a 3 channel amp for the front stage. I like all of the features the Sony has to offer.
It hurts for me to say this but i "MIGHT" be selling my 5ES because I just signed up for a new house and i will need all the CASH I can save. Besides, The HK That I have will probably hold me till I get IN the house....Email me maybe you can talk me into selling mine.!
I personally wouldn't buy Sony.
Review in the Jan S&V that compared a Sony receiver to two other manufacturer's. The Sony was under powered.
And, their ES multi-channel amp also has problems. Reliability and also under powered: http://www.homecinemachoice.com/fram...AN9000ES.shtml
Go down to "A PROBLEM WE THOUGHT".
I would stick to your original choices, but also maybe take a look at Yamaha too.