Originally Posted by bigshot
Yamaha receivers give pretty good bang for the buck. This is the one that was on sale last week...
They do but it depends on what your expectations are. Borrowed a 357 before and it was either too thin or too bloated on anything I hooked up to it, but of course that was when the 3xx and 4xx lines were around $450 and you can get the entry-level Denon for the same price. These days though if that 6xx went for $300 I'd get it too.
However since he can't get the same deal now, and he already has a 5ch poweramp, getting a dedicated pre-pro is still a good idea. When upgrade time comes, he can just get a new pre-pro, maybe get another stereo amp from the same series (or at least the same manufacturer) and run 7 channels.
Then again, the receiver might be able to drive just 3/5 speakers with the mains on the poweramp, so the best solution may be to not spend on anything at all. The gain on the L-R preouts usually can be adjusted just in case they're too loud.