Been reading through the various threads and thought I'd throw in some viewpoints and get some feedback -- particularly with a dedicated amp powering Opus 2-2's. I've read opinions on receiver-only power to drive stereo/surround speakers and was curious if there truely was a notable difference.
Wasn't really sure what to expect with a separate amp for the setup, but I added a Parasound Halo A52 to juice the Opus 2-2's and was instantly impressed. There are those who note that "..one can't tell the difference...". Yeah, well, I did right away. I guess these need some dedicated power, and a dedicated amp will make one a believer. Even the wife noticed a change in accuracy, placement, and "legibility" (her words, not mine). While the new sound is deep with cleaner bass and clarity, it's also a bit bright and forward. Typically these are very warm speakers that are more cozy than harsh, but now they want to get noticed. Is it better than before? Yup. But is it as warm? Nope. Airy? Well... Detailed? Oh yeah. Clearer? Yessir.
So what gives? Just to compare I added an older Yamaha as a pre-amp. Yikes. 'Nuf said for the Yamaha.
I am using a Pioneer Elite VSX-74 as a pre-amp, so I am wondering if it's that
or the amp. I want to believe it's the Pioneer so I can keep the bug alive and justify an A/V unit. After a Pioneer/Yamaha comaro I'm pretty sure that a different A/V processor will do the trick.
So now I need an A/V Processor that has the latest codecs for 2K or less that will pair well with Wharfedale Opus and Parasound. Anyone using a Halo to power some Wharfedale Opus speakers? Anyone?