My system so far:
Parsound Halo A51 5ch THX Amp
Krell KAV-300i 2ch integrated amp (150wpc into 8 ohms)
From 1997. I will try sell it i think because i recently bought the Parasound Halo.
Integra DHC 80.3 Pre-Pro
Panasonic TC-P65VT50 - 65 inch plasma that got good reviews
Now the bad part. My sources are not great. A $200 Panasonic Blu-ray player (DMP-BDT320). I use this to connect to my Windows 7 laptop DLNA server and i play mp3s - some have ok bit rate. The Panasonic Blu-ray player sends to Integra DHC. I am not sure where the decoding gets done - I think Integra DHC DACs are ok. I also play a few CDs. I will get Oppo player at some point.
The next bad part. I only have two speakers - front left and right. They are Paradigm 7se. Don't try find specs. They are from 1989. Back then i think they were actually made in Canada - cabinets and all. They sound pretty good
I am 60/40 movies/music. I like dub step (Bassnectar, Nero), NIN, Massive Attack, some acoustical (Elliot Smith - RIP, Sarah Mclaughlin, Pumpkins). I like to listen really loud sometimes.
Room is quite big: 30 x 22 x 9 - it has carpet.
I used to read Stereophile when i was much younger - a LONG time ago. Now i have the bug again. I bought the TV, Halo and Integra about a year ago. It has always been my dream to have B&W 800 series speakers with the big black bulge on top - i think they look really cool. I can now afford 802 Diamonds. I have never heard them and i will audition them as well as Aerial, Focal, SF etc. But I have to travel 3 hrs one way to audition so it's a pain.
But if i think 802 diamond sound nice, will Parasound A51 be ok?
I would also get B&W for center and surrounds - not sure which modesl yet.
There was a Hometheater.com review (i think) where reviewer used A 51 to drive 802 diamond and he said they sounded good.
Here are some Halo A51 specs:
Continuous power output:
250 watts RMS x 5, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω, all channels driven
400 watts RMS x 5, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 4 Ω, all channels driven
60 amperes peak per channel
5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB at 1 watt
Total harmonic distortion:
< 0.2 % at full power
IM distortion: balanced 16 V rms
< 0.04 %
> 130 V/µsecond
> 1.5 dB
> 78 dB at 1 kHz;
> 63 dB at 20 kHz
1 V for 28.28 V, THX Reference Level