This forum has really taught me a lot but I am still quite a newbie, so any help is appreciated.
Just a little background. I moved my HT into the basement recently (WIP) and now want to setup a separate system in the den upstairs which will be mainly used for listening to music, at as high quality as possible. I could thus do with a simple two-channel amp like the XPA-2 (great reviews), using a simple preamp/processor since the source is going to be my lossless CDs running from a server. I am not that interested in the processor, but the new UMC-1 may be just right.
The problem is that there is also a TV in the den that we sometimes use to watch shows (the parents often do) - a Sony 46"LCD and thus there is another BD player in the room, along with the Dishnetwork box. So there will be times when a 5.1 system will be useful (and of course this is where I will end up needing a processor/preamp of some sort).
Should I just go for an XPA-5 now or instead get an XPA-2 and an XPA-3 maybe later for the times when surround is needed, keeping in mind that I want the best audio quality when listening to music. Is there is big difference between the XPA-2 and XPA-5, apart from the weight and the price of course?
I am assuming that there should be no problems running the other 3 channels and sub off the XPA-3 separately, while the XPA-2 drives the main front speakers.
At this time the cost is fortunately affordable and Emotiva has a sale on :-)
Having said that, I am not the kind of listener who can tell the difference between a $1500 amp and a $10K amp, or a $30 patch cord and a $300 one.
OH, BTW, I am currently using my nephew's Onix Refs as speakers, but will upgrade to something better for two-channel stereo. The surround speakers I haven't yet thought of.
Any help is much appreciated.