To Amp or Not to Amp...
I'm just looking for some opinions on whether *you* would feel compelled to ad an amp to this setup, and if so, why?
AVR: Marantz SR7008 (auditioning in prep for SR7009)
Front R/L: Martin Logan Motion 40
C: Martin Logan Motion 30
Surround R/L: Martin Logan Motion 4
SW: Martin Logan Dynamo 700w
I picked up the 7008 (just set up yesterday) as a means to audition Marantz and Audyssey, and I plan to exchange it for the 7009, once it's released. The 7009 is spec'd for 4-16 Ohm impedance, so that concern with the MLs being 4 Ohm is eliminated, and I want the integrated WiFi & bluetooth, and MultEQ XT32.
I'm in a relatively small, odd shaped space. Essentially half of a 20' x 12' room (so 10' x 12') with 9' ceilings, open to a 2-level foyer at the rear. 9' viewing/listening distance.
Nothing is fully broken in yet (speaks have only been in for a couple weeks), but after running Audyssey yesterday... I'm impressed. But I'm really wondering how much I'm going to be leaving on the sidelines by driving everything with just the AVR? Not necessarily in volume but in quality. I like it loud, but I live in a townhouse, I did enough hearing damage when I was younger, and it sounded plenty loud in my limited listening yesterday. But I get the feeling the MLs are hungrier for considerably more than the 7008(9) can offer, and that I will be rewarded with even better SQ.
Usage is probably 70% HT to 30% 2/2.1 music.
I'm looking at Emo XPA-3/5 and Outlaw 7125, 7200 or 7500. I also have a feeler out to Classic Audio on some ATIs, and am open to recommendations in the affordable range. i.e., <2k.