Originally Posted by Rwillz
Oh yeah. So another common comment I get is that adding an AMP to the onkyo will not change the sound, only amplify the Onkyo sound.
I'm wondering if you read your own posts?
Are you the same guy who posted:
"So my biggest gripe is two channel listening from either streaming Pandora or Spotify as well as from my android. I'd like to get better quality audio from these sources. I agree, the volume and clipping are not an issue at all, rarely have to turn up past 50 unless I'm trying to make a point with my buddies:"
Putting 2 and 2 together your system sounds great when playing discs, but you don't like what it sounds like streaming off the web. You are not alone, and there are solid technical reasons why new speakers, new DAC, new everything won't help. The reason is that your system can't sound better than its source, and most internet audio sources are inherently degraded by the low bitrates that they use.
BTW with the components you have, your system should be very tough to improve on. Great speakers, great subs, great AVR, plenty of dynamic range. About the only thing that is even a little vague is whether or not you've been exploiting Audyssey XT32 and room acoustics.
So if I did grab like a Halo, NAD or VA which all seem to have different audible identities, would they be present if I used the Onkyo as the Pre/Pro? Or does the Pre/Pro have more of an effect on the sound. Laidback, bright, quiet ect....
The problem there is that Halo, NAD or VA don't have inherently different audible identities.
I used to own a Pass Threshold 4e that sold for about $8k. It sounded no different than a $200 amp, and there is no technical reason to believe that it would.