Originally Posted by norman.bradford@
Can I use your epiphanous discovery of the sonic benefits of the panny xr55 with similar benefits for my intended B&W 703 set-up? 5.1 for music, 7.1 for DVD HT.
The TV I plan to start with is sony 34xbr960 - then panny 50" plasma next year or Fujitsu 50" when those $$$ drop - with its own quality tuners/input direct from STB. I read people buy high end AVR's and then have to bypass the darn thing b/o video input/HDCP conflicts.
For DVD would a high quality Denon 3910 make sense as it would input direct into HDMI on any good HDTV, right?
If this works and provides the high quality we all desire, then you have saved me a fortune!!! Where can I send you a bottle of wine? In fact, I'll deliver just to hear your w
Well I don't review like the magazines that want to sell advertising so I won't make any sensational comments about how my audio life was changed forever with this amp, nor will I bore you with cliche's.
All I can say is that I can't tell the difference between this unit and a rotel 1095 that I was using before. Unitil people with much more "uber" amps chime in, I can't be sure there isn't something better or at least different sounding out there. I'm just so sure that I can make more sonic impact with further room changes than with an amp change, that I won't bother with a newer amp until I get my room just right.
I'll have you guys know that my room has ambient silence that is probably better than 95% of the people on the forums plus there is a general amount of room treatment already. If anyone is going to hear a difference between equipment, it will be in a room like this.
I don't think your 7 series B&W's will necessarily have a miraculous transformation, but I would be shocked if you weren't pleased with the performance of the panasonic. I can say for SURE that you would be better off using the panny and then upgrading the stereo speakers to an 800 series if you could afford it instead of shelling out mad money for a more pricey amp.
You can tell the difference in speakers far more readily than you can with a change to a "better" amp, assuming such a thing exists.