Originally Posted by urapnes1
Not sure what your criteria was, but it's not the same as mine. Regardless of our differing opinions, the fact still remains that great integrateds are available new or used that are in the OP price range, and through the simple use of a tape-loop or processor loop a subwoofer can be added with minimal pain. Minidsp comes to mind.
Sorry I was absent for awhile, I am the OP. I have a set of Bose 601's ca. 1982 and an old Sherwood 2.0 receiver 100 wpc x 2. Unfortunately, the 601's are in dire need of a rehab and woofer edging, but they still sound fabulous.
Since the wife really wants FM, I need the receiver rather than separates.
I just bought a Dennon x2000 AVR to replace the Sherwood thinking it would be an upgrade and also provide room EQ and sub out. Bottom line is, after numerous A/B tests the cheap old Sherwood still sounded better w/crisper and more open highs and presence.
I took the Denon back to Best Buy and decided to buy a Sherwood 4503 ($150...amazing!) instead (has inputs for Internet radio and Internet services like Spotify, pandora, etc,).
I had found the MultiEQ XT of the Dennon really added nothing I couldn't replicate w/a Radio Shack SPL meter and a little patience.
Bott line is that the Sherwood 4503 sounds just as good as the old 4103, (and much better than the Dennon) plus it had a sub out for my HSU VTF2. Working w/the crossover on the sub everything sounds great on the new receiver.
Additionally, I will probably retire the 601's after many years of great service and buy a pair of Sierra Towers or Phil 2's to go w/the sub along w/a pair of PSB m4u2 cans to complete the update deal.