Originally Posted by edge928
See, this is where I'm a theater noob. I'm one of those guys who thinks amplifiers aren't needed for 90% of rooms when a good all-in-one receiver can get the job done. So when you get into things like pre/pro's, multi-channel amps and even Darbee's my head explodes. If a ~$700 receiver can drive your speakers well and make ears bleed, why the need for extra electronics? Do they make speakers sound better or just louder? Doesn't room correction (Audyssey) do enough? A good exception is the Savoy. That's a big room, I can see why it needs amps and the extras but for any space smaller than, say, 15x20 I don't see the need. Is this like horsepower and cars, not needed but nice to have?
I keep talking about going pre/pro and amps, and just never do because of cost. Then again, I did buy an Anthem MRX-1120 in March 2016...
It isn't so much the power rating, but it is how clean that power is and when driving potentially larger front speakers, is it still able to give enough power to the surrounds or overheads...
I've heard rooms with a pre/pro and amps and was blown away at how much better it could drive a set of speakers vs. a nice receiver (actually heard this comparison in person from another Iowa home theater guy's setup, but he doesn't come around AVS).
I would just say that things sounded a bit "cleaner" or "clearer"... Hard to put it into words.
Is it a "must do" in home theater? Absolutely not. If it was, I would have done it last year instead of getting the Anthem. I do know that once you invest in a decent amp (or two or three depending on their capabilities), then you can upgrade just the processing part and not have to buy the amplification each time like you do with a regular receiver. It is defiantly more money up front to get the amps, and it won't necessarily save you money down the road either as you will probably find yourself buying a nicer, higher end pre/pro each time instead of a single receiver. LOL
Hey, when are you going to update your build thread? Did the chairs come in yet?