Originally Posted by lovinthehd
Originally Posted by justindo
I haven't heard the Revels or the Ascends, but I've heard good things about them. That written, an extra $300 for the NrT tweeter seems rather steep. You may also want to consider speakers from Dynaudio and Focal which are two of my favorite current speaker brands.
Regarding electronics, for a $500 budget I'd probably recommend the Music Hall A15.2 integrated amp. It should be a nice upgrade over your Sony, although more money will buy you better gear. To my ears, electronics and, to a much lesser degree, cables make a difference, but speakers are the biggest factor.
Please explain how the Music Hall amp is an upgrade? That thing doesn't even have digital input or a DAC? Where is the dividing line where cables make a difference?
Money does not necessarily buy you better gear, but of course you know that already, right? I can find some silly expensive gear that does nothing but empty your wallet very easily. Your ears are suspect in any case, as is the brain connected to the ears....that's simple human nature, nothing against you. Speakers are the most important issue in this discussion, not the avr/amp involved.
It's "nothing against you" either, but I don't need to justify my post to your ironically condescending post, but I will elucidate for the purpose of the thread. Features do not signify quality. In terms of features, the Music Hall is clearly lacking compared to the Sony. If one is looking for a one-box solution that includes everything under the sun then by all means go for the cheapest A/V receiver you can, because according to most on this forum, and probably you, all electronics sound the same. The Music Hall is a purpose-built, no-nonsense integrated amplifier with good parts and sound quality considering the price. The Sony has numerous features yet doesn't really sound very good comparatively speaking. I haven't A/Bd the two, but I have A/Bd the Music Hall with a circa $1,500 Denon A/V receiver and the Music Hall sounded better to my ears. I've heard Sony A/V receivers and I haven't been impressed, so I'm guessing the Sony won't do so well against the Music Hall. Of course you amusingly called my hearing and brain into question and yet I'll continue to rely on them as they've yet to fail me. If you truly think all amps and cables sound the same, nothing I or anyone can say can convince you. As humans, it's natural to want to "prove" everything with science and measurements and while our understanding of things has advanced exponentially in recent times, there are many things we can't and never will be able to prove or measure.
I agree with you that more expensive gear doesn't always sound better, but it often does. Synergy, in my opinion, is just as important as price.
As to the last part of your post, the title of this thread is about electronics, not speakers, although the OP did mention them and so I offered my input, just as you did.