Building a new system - need advice please
I have recently decided to refresh my audio setup and change direction a bit. After years of using B&W speakers I turned my attention to Klipsch and bought a full 5.1 set which includes their RF-7II mains, RC-64II Center and RP-250S Surround speakers.
I also decided to go for better amplification (I currently have an Onkyo 838) and purchased 2 new Emotiva XPA3 amps:
1. Amp 1: XPA3 - 3 channels at 3x275W
2. Amp 2: XPA3 - 2 channels at 2x300W.
Once I realized that with this setup, my receiver is now the weak link in my system, probably keeping me from improving the sound quality of the system for both movies and music, I decided to go for a Pre-amp.
I naturally went to Emotiva and took advantage of a sale that they had going and ordered the XMC-1. After ordering (it hasn't been delivered yet) I started second-guessing myself because I haven't really done a proper Pre-amp research, I just read a few great reviews of the XMC-1 and decided to go for it, thinking that it would probably match the amps I bought the best.
I am by no means a tinkerer, I like playing a little bit with menu options, trying to get more from my system but I by no means look to achieve the ultimate sound quality, I look to enjoy my system when I watch movies (mainly) and when casually listening to music every day.
I then came across the Marantz AV8802A and looking at its specs, it does provide many more features (11.2 channels, Atmos, Auro, EX, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP2.2 to name a few of them).
The XMC-1 has very little going for it when it comes to all those bells and whistles but I think it might sound better (I haven't heard any of them yet).
I called Emotiva abd they just told me that they are delaying the shipping of my XMC-1 by about a week so that they can install a new board on it which supports the HDMIY and HDCP which is very important to me as I am using a 4K TV.
To make a long story short: I could really use some guidance/advice as to which is the best Pre-amp to go with based on my current setup and listening habits. I am probably not going to make such an investment for a few good years to come and want to make sure I choose wisely.
Thank you for sticking thorough my long post and for your help!