I'm assembling a music only system, 2.0 at first but may end up 2.1 or 3.1 and am looking for a processor/pre pro/receiver to integrate the following existing pieces:
1). Hegel HD20 DAC fed by iPad through digital output from a CA dock. I use this for everything from hires music on my network to streaming Pandora, Spotify, etc.
2). Oppo 980 used for SACD and DVD-A.
3). Sony 960 Bluray Changer used for CD and Bluray playback. Right now using the digital output through the HD20 but obviously losing lossless playback on Bluerays.
Right now, this is all running through an Anthem 225 Integrated Amp and VMPS RM30 speakers and I'm pretty happy with the two channel sound. But while the Hegel DAC provides an immediacy that I really enjoy, my living room presents some bass issues that room correction could be helpful in addressing. I'm also limited to 2.0 or 2.1 currently.
When I tried subbing a Yamaha 663 receiver that I had for the Anthem, it seemed that all the magic went away. It was the opposite of the old "veils were lifted" cliche, felt more like curtains were in front of the speakers.
So I guess I'm looking for a unit that will not deteriorate the signal from my HD20 during passthrough or conversion to 3.1, accept DSD or PCM from the Oppo, deliver the benefits of lossless DD or DTS soundtracks on Bluray and give me the option of advanced room correction.
Budget up to $3K or so, will probably buy used off A'gon unless there's a deal on new to be had.
Heard a 3-channel set-up in the Maggie room at CES this year and immediately thought "that's what I want". They were using the Bryston pre/pro which addresses some but not all of my needs.
TIA for any suggestions or feedback...
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