Originally Posted by SheepS
I've just checked the 2313 and it has pre-outs at the back. You can see at the back picture here: http://www.tivolihifi.com.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/product_full/el_avr2313_e2_bk_re.jpg
For each channel it has a designated pre-out. So I think, that in theory it should work. ??
I've listened music in stereo and direct mode on my system, and it sounds OK.
But when I heard the music on his system, DCD-2020AE + PMA-2020AE ... I hit puberty all over again
I mean, ... Wow, I was like
I really don't know what to do here
What do I know about the Aussie version 2313? Good for you!
The idea of using an AVR as a pre-amp is not new, and relative to those audiophile pre-amps, the cost of an (integrated) AVR -due to the economy of scale, is way more affordable for such pre-amping purposes. Still, when it comes to your listening experience on that system (DCD-2020AE + PMA-2020AE at their room), it is very subjective when you compare to your set up at home for a couple reasons that I can think of:
1. Its source is likely uncompressed, if not pure CD quality. Your musical source is "questionable" if not troublesome to me, when you mentioned listening to your music from your PC? Right of the bat you are comparing 2 different things, and one is not even comparable to the other, IMO.
2. The combination of those separates, a source (CD/DVD), pre-amp, power amp, compatible speakers, the listening room, altogether creates the "experience" you had at the dealer's listening room. Your setup at home would be significantly different from every single component, starting with your musical source, to amp-speaker compatibility, to listening room ...
To make a long story short, it's a "journey" if you will, following the audiophile route, but then, you don't necessarily have to do anything other than paying attention to your source
. The "fever" may not last when you come back to your senses, it may just be a luxury that you don't really need.