As the name implies , I'm thinking about adding a nice integrated to my receiver...I know it would increase my system's 2 channel performance, but to which extent?
If it can help , here's my system :
Pioneer elite sc61
Energy-rc 70 speakers
Marantz cd 6004
Marantz ud 5007 blu-ray
Pioneer elite n50
Kimber Kable 8vs speaker cable
Straightwire symphony 2 interconnects...
I feel that the pioneer sc61 is no slouch really in 2 channel performance.. In fact, I think I could live with it for a while... If that damn upgrade itch wasn't biting on my azz... If I were to go to the integrated route, I would be able to shell about 1000$ for a rotel or something that would be a nice match...(open to ideas!)
But.... Does buying an integrated in that price bracket would give me a good return on investment? Or the increase in performance too marginal for the disadvantages ( level matching and all that stuff I would avoid if not profitable enough!) it gives? Say, if it gives me a 5% performance, I would'nt spend 1000$ and try to find another immediate upgrade that would have more impact for less money...(again, if you have any ideas...)
Another factor that makes me hesitate is the size of my room... I live in an apartment and my listening room is about 12 x 12, so the power of the sc61 is really enough,,, So, it wouldn't be much of a power thing, but rather a "quality and accuracy" sound upgrade... Again , will the difference be night and day, or slight?
Thanks in advance to those that take the time to answer my questions, pretty much appreciated!