I'm considering upgrading to separates from my current Denon AVR1912 receiver. I have had my eye on the Marantz AV7005 (or 7701) pre pro combined with the Marantz MM7055 amp to drive my speaker setup which consists of Paradigm Studio 60 v5 floors, CC-490 center, Paradigm Monitor ADP-390 surrounds, and a Paradigm DSP 3200 sub. Right now I seem to be missing that live, dynamic sound I heard when listening to the 60's before I purchased them. Movies sound great but for Music, the low end seems kinda weak so I use my sub to help when I'm in Stereo mode. Anyway, I had a few people tell me that the Marantz amp just won't be enough to make a huge difference and they recommended a Parasound 5250 amp and combine it with whatever processor I want. I'm looking for some suggestions and my price range for the combo (pre & amp) is kinda maxed out in the mid to high $2,000 range. Another option (your opinions??) would be to go with an Emotiva UMC-200 & their new XPA-5 amp (200w x 5, all channels driven). the rep i spoke to yesterday said they have a new design, same specs and it's for sale but they don't have it online yet officially until after their summer sale. The price range is excellent and it looks like a few of the big name reviewers actually had some positive things to say about the brand and the quality (i also know there are diehard haters too, as with any brand). The people I've talked to at Emotiva seem pretty passionate about audio and seem very informative and engaging (more so than when i talked to some people at Marantz who seemed like I was wasting their time. Anyway, suggestions? I appreciated any help guys!!
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7/11/13 at 5:58am