I have an older HK AVR 330 7.1 receiver that I have brought out of retirement to build a new 2-channel system for my home office. I am going to run it with a new pair of Focal 806v bookshelf speakers that I just ordered from my local dealer. My main source (only source to start) will be an Apple TV (latest gen), via Toslink, which I will use for airplay streaming with MOG music service. I will control it via my iphone & ipad. I am going for convenience so no SACD player or phono even though I know it would add to the overall sound quality. I also have an LED monitor with HDMI port that I can use to view the Apple TV for software updates, etc. I use the monitor (supports HDCP) to connect to my work laptop.
I am wondering if I were to replace the HK AVR330 with something like a Peachtree Decco65 or an Outlaw RR2150 with Peachtree iDac if that would be a big improvement in sound quality over the HK AVR330? The HK is rated I believe at 65 Watts per channel for 2 channel-8ohms.
My room isn't very big. Only 132 Square ft (12x11) with 8 foot ceilings. So I may not need anything more powerful to drive the Focals. Plus they have a high sensitivity so they are easy to drive. (Nominal impedance of 8 ohms with a sensitivity of 90dB)
The Peachtree or Outlaw would also give me the flexibility to use the USB input to connect to my laptop which then I could play lossless files via iTunes.
I guess I'll have to wait until I hook the new speakers up to see how it all sounds. I decided to first purchase speakers I like (as much as my wife would let me spend) before spending any money on a new amp.
Anyway just wanted to get your thoughts on how much of any improvement it would be to get a quality integrated amp (Peachtree, Outlaw, or NAD) with internal or external DAC. Maybe with my source being an Apple TV it wouldn't make much of a difference, but if I get a Peachtree or Outlaw I can jack in to my laptop via USB which would probably be an improvement over the DAC in the HK AVR330.