Originally Posted by ApolloCreed
Like previously stated, I'm in the process of helping a co-worker design and install his first HT setup. I'm not exaggerating when I say that his excitement is driving me bonkers. I remember how it used to feel to unbox speakers and components.....and I miss it. I've been pretty content with my own system after I finally made the jump into the projector realm......but I've got to do something.......SOON. Of course, Atmos is at the forefront of my dilemma and my initial intent was to just drop 2k or so on a new Denon to replace my 3808...............However, Emotiva and/or the idea of separates has slowly started to make its way into my brain.
Oink (or anybody that has input on this), why should I go the separates route? As it stands, I watch movies at -11 or so and there is plenty of juice left in the tank. Is it really worth the investment when I'm not hurting for power??
FWIW, it has been my experience the amps in AVRs, when compared to my Emotiva for example, lack in a blind listening test and I think this is a general rule regarding Separates vs. AVRs.
AVR amps tend to be too warm, too muffled, too unfocused.
HT sound isn't about decibels, it's about tightness, clarity, fidelity.
Cabo and I have the new Marantz 7702mkII pre/pro.
It does all the newest formats and is as future-proof as anything available right now.
So far, I (and I think Cabo too) have been pleased with its performance...it's around $2K.
Before this I had the venerable Onkyo Pro 885 for 10 years.
A rock and a solid performer even to this day (I've got a used one if anyone is interested).
Buying a high-end receiver and then using it as just a pre/pro seems like a misuse of funds,
It's also a waste of electricity...most AVR amps can't actually be turned off in pre/pro mode (Denon 4520 is an example).
Well, I did
help finance this movie...