Originally Posted by mdcomdial
I have a 2 channel Linn system centered around a Karin preamp, that I would like to use in a surround system.
The preamp is about 12-15 years old, but still sounds great. I don't know how much the quality of todays audio has improved in those years.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a receiver or processor that doesn't cost a fortune that is of comparable sound quality?
Are you looking for a stand alone surround sound processor? If so, as far as I know they are either an extinct species or horribly high end. You might be able to find something on Ebay though. So I'm not sure your preamp is really going to have a role to play in a surround system. What are your current audio sources?
The stuff I looked at on Linn's web site was all horribly expensive, so your old set up probably wasn't cheap. What do you consider "costs a fortune" to be? $1,000, $5,000, $10,000+?
As far as "comparable sound quality" what is it you like about the sound of your current system? If you want it to have certain characteristics, you are probably going to need to audition stuff. Nobody can tell you over the internet how something is going to sound to you.
You might be better off with just separate surround and 2 channel systems. There isn't really any "audiophile" surround sources, since SACD and DVD-Audio both bombed. Though there is starting to be some stuff that might qualify on Blu-ray, with the lossless audio tracks and some classical music disks.
Emotiva (they advertise on AVS - www.emotiva.com
) have good stuff at a reasonable price.
$800 for a 200 wpc x 5 channel amp and $700 for a pre/pro with most of the bells and whistles. Though they are out of the 5 channel amp at the moment and the $700 pre/pro hasn't shipped yet (and is sold out for at least 3 mo after it does).
You will pay a lot more for equivalent stuff from other places, so it's really hard to beat them for bang for your buck. I wouldn't have considered getting separates if it wasn't for them.