Much of my two channel audio set up is 35 years old and was good stuff in its day. My biggest investment by far is not hardware but media, my NAS holds some 13,000+ movies and 25,000+ songs. Ideally in the future the NAS would be my only media source.
NAS - WD EX4 16TB
13,000+ mp4 video files
25,000+ songs - high quality mp3 files
LR Stereo Rack
Belkin R5C350 Surge Protector
Nakamichi MB2S CD Player
AIWA Cassette Deck
Carver TX-11 FM Tuner
Yamaha C4 Preamp
DBX 20/20 RTA
Yamaha M2 Power Amp
Dahlquist DQ-10 Speakers
LR Video Equipment
Yamaha SRT-1000 speaker
All of the stereo rack units are in excellent working condition, for those of you who may not know audio equipment of the era:
The Yamaha M2 power amp is rated at 250W RMS (8 ohms) .003% THD or 350W RMS (4 ohms) .005% THD. The preamp pre dates CDs an while it is in excellent condition, and extremely clean it is lacks one essential feature I desperately want, a remote control.
I still love my Dahlquist DQ-10 speakers, speakers have been updated and completely rebuilt with all new drivers. They image well and still do everything I need. But I still wonder if a pair of Magnepan 1.7 speakers are not in my near future. I'm not a surround sound kind of guy, at least not for audio. My preferred "sound stage" consists of a 2.1 speaker system.
I'm not too impressed with the Yamaha sound plate, I'll turn it on for movies or football, by why turn it on for the news? Both the Samsung TV and the Oppo 103 pull files from the NAS just fine.
Without spending a dime I could use the Oppo to DAC and route L&R RCA to my Yamaha pre amp and listen to music via the DQ10 speakers. I could use the 65" Samsung as my android to select songs. To be honest I haven't tried it yet.
I got a bug up my rump (not a bright idea, just a bug) last week, I saw that Big River Retail had a Yamaha RX-V675 for almost half off and I wondered if I could not use that to replace my out dated but very clean Yamaha pre amp. The short answer is no, I could use a zone 2 as a pre out but I would have no volume control.
That got me thinking, instead of a half fast "patch" perhaps I should do this well?
I made a few phone calls and a helpful Yamaha dealer mentioned the RX-Ax040 series which he is willing to sell at very attractive prices. I am partial to Yamaha build quality, longevity and sound quality. The RX-A2040 is very attractive price -performance wise but if I buy pre-amps only every 35 years I might swing the RX-A3040 which may be over kill for my needs but a nice way to complement the old and clean 2 channel Yamaha M2 power amp. Then thinking a little further, I don't need an integrated amp, I just need a new pre-amp. . .
So I found this topic and read a little about the CX-A5000 was very interested. I am particularly attracted to its robust DAC abilities and while honestly I don't need 11.1 having more features than I need is OK. I may in time make use of some of them.
If I am running a single amp 2.1 system I do not see the loss of Dolby Atmos as a issue. What I do see as a problem is the whole system is dependent on (what I read is) a second rate external Yamaha wireless network adaptor? If that is true it may make the RX-A3040 a better choice than the CX-A5000 for me?
It is obvious to me that I do not stay as current on AV as most other folks here so I am inviting comments and feedback.
All I really want to do is reach through my speaker and touch Jeff Beck when he is playing "People Get Ready" is that asking too much?