Originally Posted by nelson57
Those of you who are hooked on this hobby will understand this scenerio.
My current setup is Anthem AVM-30, Emotiva UPA-7. Paradigm Studio 100's, L/R, CC690 center, ADP 590 surrounds. Sources Direct TV Model H21, Pioneer BD-320, & 23 Blu-Ray players, and a DV-79AVi, used for CD, SACD and DVD-A
This is a great setup, and I have no problems with it, but as noted you A/V junkies will understand that I am intrigued with trying one of these ICE powered Pioneers. Either a 25 or 27 but leaning towards the 25 for the differences vs. price factor. This is for nothing more than the pure fun of the hobby, and this curiuosity bug that I can't shake.
Have any of you ever gone from separates to an AVR, and found the switch satisfying? Do you think the 25 or 27 is comparable to what I currently have?
I know there was one poster who had the Anthem D2 and was disappointed with the Pio, but that is a much higher-end unit than the AVM-30, and power wise it seems to match the UPA-7 (although I don't fully trust the 140 watt spec). Not asking anyone to decide for me, but just curious as to any thoughts. If I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it today! Anybody?
My comments about the VSX-21 vs SC-07 largely apply here, too.
I have had various separates over the years, and currently still use some lovely vintage Luxman amps in my "music only" setup. If I ever get my SC-07 fixed, I'll use the VSX-01 as a pre/pro with the Luxmans (Luxmen?
), but largely because my speakers require an equalizer be inserted between the preamp and amp, which can't be done with any current AVR's I'm aware of. Since I installed my new Elite AVR's and Mythos STS speakers in my "HT" (aka family room), I find I rarely move to the "music" (living) room for serious listening anymore. I listen to most music on the AVR in my HT instead.
As I've said, a lot of this is in your mindset. If you firmly believe separates are superior, you are unlikely to enjoy "downgrading" to an AVR. Separates offer a lot of psychic satisfaction and there is undeniable status conferred on separates users by audiophiles.
On the other hand, I've been around long enough to know that much of the mystique of separates is historical, dating from the days when heat generating tubes (and later discrete transistors) made it impossible to design all in one components without severe compromises. In an era of IC's, that barrier is no longer impenetrable. There are lots of reasons some people favor different amplifier designs (one reason there are so many) and some still don't lend themselves to integrated components, but the inherent difference between receivers and separates is nothing of the magnitude it once was.