Hello AVS forum!
I'm looking at a few applications that may require 1 or more amplifiers, and one of the applications is a turntable and having a separate amp may better the front speakers and I can look at a lower channel amp (I may just get a Emotiva monoblock for my center channel)
The Processor or Pre-amp that I am most likely going with is the Yamaha CX-A5000 and I made this decision on my prior experience with Yamaha stereo receivers and I really enjoy the RS700 but mainly just use it for Vinyl but it's certainly not the best I've had for that application, just wanted to spin the records and chose the brand because I liked Yamaha.
So an obvious choice is to go with the MX-5000 and there are deals on Amazon and can get both under $5000 total (roughly $4000 as I may buy used and spend extra somewhere else maybe a better center channel speaker?)
But let's go back to Vinyl, generally a phono pre-amp and amp is all that's required to listen to vinyl, of course in the 50s you could just directly connect to an amp well that's how RCA showed it back in the day. I will eventually buy a tube pre-amp but right now I'm just getting the main components and deciding on if separate amps would benefit the main speakers for music?