i'm new here and i'm quite aware that there will already be loads of existing topics on this matter - but I hope you can understand that I just haven't got the time to read them all to find a solution to my problem. So if anyone can redirect me to such a post, i will also be thankful. I didn't even have the time to search if it's okay to name brands in this topic, so I apologize if this isn't the case.
Currently i am using these speakers (which sound pretty good for the money i paid for them): http://www.jamo.com/search/?sku=S708
. I connected them to an old Kenwood XD-652 mini hifi system which also works surprisingly good, but it's time to move on to something better and more stylish.
I also use Apple Airplay all the time to stream music from my devices to this system via an airport express (no Apple TV). But here's the thing: in time I'd like to combine a home cinema (for tv, movies and gaming) with my stereo speakers: i would love to have a setup where i can either:
- replace the the two front speakers of a home cinema with my Jamo speakers (or better ones in the future)
- connect both a complete home cinema and stereo speakers to one receiver or amp
I'm torn between buying a stereo amplifier or an A/V receiver like the pioneer vsx 922-k. I've listed some pros and cons below, but my main concern is wether an A/V-receiver will sound as good as a stereo amplifier. If I can believe the information I have found so far - it won't. That would mean I need to buy an amplifier as well as an A/V-receiverA/V receiver Pros
Stereo Amp Pros
- Built-in Airplay
- All-in-one Gaming, Movies and TV combined with stereo?
- Multiple speakers and surround sound
- Remote control
- (airplay with separate airport express)
- No sound quality loss compared to A/V
- Bass, treble, ... controls on the system
- Easier to connect record player (?)
What would you do? Is the loss of sound quality in A/V-receiver so big I need to buy a separate amplifier?
You might need to know that I listen to all kinds of music: from oldies to electronic music with powerful bass.
And one more question - the stereo amplifiers i found on Pioneer's website don't have an optical input - isn't that supposed to be the best way to connect an input device to your amp?
Greetings and thanks!