Newbie to 2-channel Audio Needs Advice
Some 20+ years after I went from 2-channel audio to surround sound, I want to go back and set up a 2-channel audio system again. My local A/V store wants to sell me the NAD M12 preamp/NAD M22 stereo amp combination along with a Bluesound system (which sounds great in their sound room) but I am seeking advice on whether I can somehow adapt the audio gear I currently have and set up a good 2-channel audio syste,
My current system consists of an Oppo BDP-105D bluray player connected to an Integra DHC 80.2 preamp-processor for 2-channel audio via balanced connectors (bluejeans cables). The Integra in turn is connected to a McIntosh 3 channel amp which plays my left/right B&W speakers. I have an SVS subwoofer as well which is directly connected to the Integra.
My Oppo has trouble seeing my network hard drive so I've been copying my hirez music files onto a thumb drive and then plugging it into my Oppo. The music sounds fine but not as nice as I would like it to be. The room is set up optimally for watching movies using my surround sound system and I've got all the room treatments that are necessary for movie watching.
So my question to all of you is this: can I do something with my existing audio gear to make the system sound better, or do I need a dedicated 2-channel set up like my local store is telling me I need? They obviously want me to buy equipment from them, but I want to look at all of my options before I plunk serious money into setting up a separate 2-channel audio system. Also, is there gear from other manufacturers that is as good as NAD but less expensive? The M12/M22 combo comes to $6500 before taxes and that is not cheap!
Thanks for your help and advice.