Originally Posted by samcolt
First of all this is my first post and I have to say that your forum is awesome. I picked up the avr7120 last week and it sounds very good to me but i am no audiophile. I wanna try to get the best sound i can out of this unit, so i was wondering how much of a differance there would be by using the pre-outs on my fronts and maybe my center. I have boston vr3 for fronts but my center is a crap onkyo wich I will be replacing soon. If a amp will make a nice improvement for sound I will consider it. And if you guys have any amp recomendations that would be great.
Well, from what I hear, and I'm sure Doug917 and others can chime in, the 7120 is no slouch at all with its own amp! However, I think the A7200 amp that is also clearanced at $750-$800, would provide an increase in sound quality, and be able to fill a larger room w/ more SPLs than the 7120 amp. The A7200 is rated at about the same watts, but it is with "all channels driven", which is more difficult to achieve, and should greatly enhance the HT sound.
So it kinda depends on your room size and how loud you play movies/music (2-channel or 5-channel) etc...
First though, get a good center channel speaker...it is crucial for good HT. I'd recommend the rsc-200 from Onix, affectionately known as "Bigfoot" due to its size, because it has great reviews, almost a legendary status among av123 guys (me included!), and is only $600, or less if you call and work something out. Not sure how well it'll sound with your vr3s though, concerning tonality.
Anyway, good luck in your search.