Fast forward two years since my DHC-40.1 purchase - I'm wondering if anyone here who loves audio music listening has since replaced their Integra DHC 40.1 preamp with something else and why?
Note: I love the 40.1 for my home theater setup, sounds great for Blu-Ray movies using my back-end B&K amplifiers. However, I believe the DHC 40.1 could be a little smoother for dedicated two channel audio listening. Don't get me wrong, sounds really good, but not plush like my former audio preamps did. Or, maybe its doing the job its suppose to for movies and I'm confused trying to make it the best for both needs. I've since added the firmware upgrade to the 40.1 which seemed to help stabilize switching a bit. However, for audio listening only, I'm considering going back to and re-building a separate two channel system with a separate preamp or tube DAC preamp setup. If I don't do that, I'll either replace the DHC 40.1 preamp or try a more current CD/Blu-Ray player instead of replacing my DHC-40.1
Just wondering if A) anyone here on the AVS forum has since found a great replacement audio/video do-it-all preamp for both functions, or B) I might go a different route and just use the money to upgrade my current CD and Blue Ray player instead to one of the current generation Oppo units to see if that helps some on the audio side, thus keeping my DHC-40.1 preamp. Which way to go, replace the DHC-40.1 or upgrade to the new Oppo 105 player for better audio quality, not sure.
Anyone here in the same boat considering either A or B upgrade paths by chance? If so, what are your thoughts or observations based on your own listening tests?
Thanks in advance for your replies to this old DHC 40.1 thread.