I see that many folks opt to keep their 2-channel and home theater setups separate - and wondering about the various philosophies behind that, while asking for some help and opinions.
I am assembling my first stereo/home theater setup. The majority will be for music, but home theater is in the mix. Alas, I don't initially have the luxury of getting a really nice set of speakers that I can dedicate to just stereo listening, so the speakers will need to be dual purpose stereo and HT. I would imagine this is some of the root of why some keep their systems separate? Just speculating.
Some of my thinking on my setup is to have AV separates. A lot of it will be CD listening so I figured on an arrangement of some sort of transport, a preamp like the Parasound P5 with HT bypass, then into a power amp. I'd like to use balanced connections. No cable runs will be that long, except maybe subwoofer, but I figured to use XLR for all channels anyway, can't hurt, right?
One of the hiccups (?) though, and maybe I'm over-thinking this, is with room correction. My situation is less than optimal as one main (right) speaker will be in a room corner. I know an AVR/Processor will have some sort of EQ, and the pre-amp with HT bypass will allow incorporation of the speakers into the entire system, but UNLESS the music transport goes through the receiver/processor, I'm out of luck on EQ, and concerned about that front right speaker.
Part of the thinking was why use the AV processor if I don't need to? Just an extra device to power up and wear out. -OR- forget about the pre-amp and just go through the processor anyway and get the full benefit of room EQ, etc.
I might just be thinking about this the wrong way, approaching from the wrong angle. I am pretty ignorant, but trying to understand it all - sometimes makes my head spin trying to figure it all out!
I've heard and read to not worry about EQ with stereo; compensate with acoustic treatment if/as needed.
Hope I'm making sense and wondering how others have integrated stereo into HT, or why you haven't. maybe some alternatives to consider. Thanks!