I bought a slightly used AV7005 to try in my 2-channel system a few months ago, where it was used with a McIntosh MC302 amp. I was impressed with the features and sound quality and the AV7005, but I recently stumbled across a good deal on a Marantz's SC-11S1 preamp that I couldn't resist. To my ears, the SC-11S1 sounds a little more "transparent" in my 2-channel system, and of course, it has superb subjective build quality and looks, which doesn't hurt. I've been trying to decide if I should just sell the AV-7005 or use it as intended in my HT system, which currently uses a Denon AVR-2113CI receiver. Speakers in my HT system are a bit a of hodgepodge, but my main L-R speakers are nice tower speakers from Clearwave Loudspeaker Design using Seas Excel midbass drivers and Scanspeaker Illuminator tweeters. These speakers are also castoffs from my 2-channel system, and I'm sure a receiver is not doing them justice. For those of you in the know, how do you think an AV7005/power amp combo would stack up versus the AVR-2113CI? I don't have a MC power amp lying around, so I'd have to buy one. I've been considering the Parasound A52, Wyred MMC-5, or Marantz's own MM7055. I realize Emotiva's XPA-5 is the unquestionable best buy out there for a MC power amp, but I don't really have the space for a 75 lb, 19" deep amp in my HT system. The MMC-5 is appealing. (I've used Bel Canto ICE-power in my 2-channel system previously.) However, I would prefer something a bit less expensive. Any other amp sugestions? Thanks in advance.
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3/11/13 at 2:20pm