I'm going to finally have a room that isn't a 11'x11' cube for my HT. The new room will be more rectangular so I'll be able to move my fronts out from both the rear and side walls. I mention this because my old room left me very disappointed with my B&W DM604 S2's. The sound was poor to say the least. I was at first thinking of jumping on the UMC-200 sale which ended on the 20th. I was going to pair that with an XPA-5. However, after days of research I decided against the pre-pro. I also realized a new room may let me get away with a more powerful AVR and I should at least try that first before adding extra amplification. My old AVR was an Elite VSX-24TX. It said 90wpc but between it's real world output and the room . . . it just wasn't cutting it.
This leads me to the AVR-X4000 and my hopes that it's 125wpc and new, more acoustically friendly room, will be enough to let the 604's sing before looking into an XPA-3 or 5.
My center is probably the weakest link, it's a B&W CC6 S2, the sub is a Velo SPL1200 (older model) and my rears are B&W LM1's. While music is definitely a priority, the reality of my movie/tv to music ratio is probably 75/25.
You may be asking "what the hell are you asking here, Iggy?" and the short answer is, do you think the X4000 is a good choice for my needs? Or, should I look into the supposedly better "audiophile" Marantz options?
Thanks in advance,