Originally Posted by ei001h
Im Just looking for a 2.1 music system.
If the amp is rated at 8ohms doesn't that mean it would deliver more power into a 4ohm speaker? I assumed this is the case since there is less resistance.
It depends on how the amp is engineered. Some amps I've checked the specs on are rated something like 100W@8Ohms and 150W@4ohms. Other amps (more expensive) are rated 100W@8ohms and 200W@4ohms. These latter amps can deal better with speakers like the Mozart that has relatively wide swings in impedance. Other speakers don't have such large impedance changes so it doesn't matter much.
Originally Posted by ei001h
I would prefer a preamp with a DAC. I haven't really seen many. Parasound A5 is the only one that looks ok.
Does cylops have a DAC? I have not heard of Hagel. Ill take a look. What about other amps and integrated I listed above?
The cyclops does not have a DAC, IIRC. BTW, it's Hegel not Hagel (so your googling works). IIRC, they are a Norwegian company.
All of them are excellent choices from what I read but I don't have any personal experience. None have DACs, tho, IIRC. Some of them are on the old side, tho, like the Mark Levinsons?
Are you expecting the preamp to perform crossover functions? That limits choices quite a bit. The alternative is to use the crossover in the subwoofer (aka high level inputs). When I was experimenting with that previously I preferred the sound that way but didn't like not having any control over the crossover setting.
RE: Separates vs integrated
. It's really mostly personal preference and if you intend to keep swapping things in and out separates works better for that.
I got separates because I knew I was going to be mixing and matching to get the sound I wanted. Unfortunately, it's a great deal more expensive to go that way. Problem is my system is mixed music & movies so I need to be able to upgrade because of the darn "evolution" of movie sound encoding schemes.
Anyway, have you seen this list
The above list has the Hegel 300 which is a bit budget busting but the H80 or H100 might work. Here's a review of the H80
. No personal experience but I've never seen anything but raves for the Hegels.
Another line, for amps, that was interesting to me was Red Dragon Audio. The prices are good and the reviews are good. If you like the looks they also run very cool because they are Class D amps. Still, no personal experience.
If it were me, with what I know now, I'd try to get the best preamp in my budget. There's less effect from the amp if it's a good amp. Not that I know what that preamp would be. Though aesthetically and for ease of use, the simplest processors I've tried out (not preamps because of the movie thing) were some older Primare and Bryston. But they don't have all the features that many want.
There are way too many choices out there.