You should understand that any 7.x Receiver we are discussing offers you 7 channels of amplification, and can drive 7 speakers at once (The ".x" is the number of self powered Subs it can send a signal to.) A 5.x Receiver can only power 5 speakers at a time. You don't have to drive all the channels at a time. Your "normal" set-up would be 5.1 (for now) in your theater area with a 7.x Receiver. Any unused capacity will add a bit of reserve to the receiver's power supply in 5.1 mode. The extra cost for the AVR-S950H over an entry level stripped down 5.1 Receiver is not worth the loss in capability IMHO. And as you have pre-wired, you shouldn't limit yourself buy getting a 5.1 receiver now as you may want to expand in a year or two. \n\nHolding off on the second Sub and speakers for the Pool Table area will allow you to purchase better 5.1 speakers. Put the rear surrounds on stands with enough surplus speaker cable and you could reposition them a bit & rotate them to push sound into the Pool Table area in the "All Stereo" mode. Then just swing them back for Home Theater.\n\nNew people into Audio often seek "Home Theater in a Box" systems for entry into HT, but are often less than satisfied with them. No one here is a fan of them (that I know anyway). I think for a $2K US Budget you can get a decent entry 5.1 system if you shop prudently and effectively.