I have recently changed up my speaker set due to a move to a really small apartment. My Athena F2.2 were somewhat obtrusive, even though I loved their sound. I had them paired with a Panasonic SA-XR55, and I honestly haven't heard a better combination. I wanted to move toward something smaller, but after demoing some bookshelves and smaller satellites I determined that I'm just hooked on the full range sound of towers. so, After finding a great deal, I purchased a pair of Mythos STS towers. These have the form factor I'm after, as well as WAF which is key. Lifestyle speakers, it is!
Running them on the Panny, I'm left wondering if it's suitable for these things. I've graduated to big boy (or compared to some of you, just bigger boy) speakers, and perhaps I need to upgrade my receiver too. On top of that, the mids and vocals seem receeded or quietted on the Mythos with the Panny. Much like my need of "lifestyle" speakers, I also need a "lifestyle" amp. I have a tv stand with space for something only 5" tall (opening is 5", interior is 6").
I'm considering either a slim amp (Marantz NR-1604, Pioneer VSX-C300, Yamaha RX-600), a T-Class amp (perfferrably with multiple inputs), or a small tube amp/integrated amp (I.E Jolida). High wattage isn't necessary, as the mythos have an integrated sub amp and are pretty efficient.
I only need 3 HDMI inputs, so I can use my plasma as a switch with its digital audio out. I don't need surround as I've sold my Athena 5.1 System, and I won't need it until I move to a larger room.
If I am looking at best value (sound quality and features for price), does anyone have suggestions as to which direction to go? Are tube amps really that much of an improvement over, say a Sonic Impact? Ideally, I'd get something with at least two inputs. Are the slim AVR's more feature oriented than sound, or could I expect a significant improvement in sound, too?
I don't need anything extremely "audiophile" grade, because honestly a lot of my experiences so far has been Roku, 3.5mm jack on my computer, and MOG/Grooveshark. I just want something better than the way the Panny sounds now.
Sorry for thr the rambling, and thank you for anyone that's read through