Originally Posted by jclif77
And this is where I get confused. I have an Integra dtr 50.2 that I use for two channel listening and tv. Am I missing out on sound quality because of all the potential noise? Would an integrated give me better sq, not because of the clean power argument but it concentrates on one thing, reproduction if sound?
Are you actually hearing noise? Have you tried listening in "Direct" mode?
Originally Posted by ack_bk
Keep in mind the Dynaudio speakers are 4ohm, and have low sensitivity. So if your goal is to really push these things and play loud, you will absolutely want an amp with some power.
I am with the others though, don't spend too much of your budget on your receiver/amp.
I have an Onkyo TX-8050 2 channel receiver, mediocre in all respects but it fit my main requirement for networked receiver. It admirably powers a pair of Polk LSi9, 4 ohm, 88dB sensitivity. The only difference I found when connecting external amplifier (Anthem MCA20) was more definition at high volume - higher than I would normally listen. The room, for perspective, is a large open space with 25' ceiling at its peak.
I agree, put money to speakers now then determine whether an external amp is desired (it is NOT required). The HK3490 is rated at 150w @ 4 ohms, this should be fine for 2 channel setup.