Originally Posted by Prosoft7
Thanks for the responses.
Javry, changing gear to the right direction! Looking to replace my weakest link.
I have Belkin PureAV F9A-1033-12 currently. Can only go for Tripp Lite - Isobar HT7300PC Power Conditioner, nothing more. Rather spend the money on replacing the Pioneer VSX 54TX Receiver.
Duc135, bought the ground fault tester. So far, test readings are just fine at my home!
Only thing I am unsure about even after reading so many back and forth argument about Receiver and Preamp (as separates). Why a good receiver will not be as close as a equivalently priced Preamp if I just use the pre-out slots of the Receiver? The value, as we know, is dependent on price. If I spend $165,000 for a pair of speakers, even my grandpa will be happy sitting in his grave! But the trick is to get the best performance out of least spending. Can we have a solid discussion based on experience and logic in favor and against both?
Also, what preamp or receiver matches best with the set of Revel F52s/C52/S30s for mainly HTS? Please share your past experience and knowledge. An open discussion will help us all who are new member of this great group of Revel owners/users.
I have never used a pre-amp so I can't say I have any real world experience, only what I've read. IMO, the days of the uber high price pre-amps are gone. Receivers now are more than capable of competing toe to toe with most all pre-amps. To spend X times the cost of a decent, comparable, modern receiver is just silliness unless the pre-amp offers a feature that no receiver does and you absolutely need it. I thinks it is now more of a status and look at what I have thing now. As for your comparison of a receiver to a comparably priced pre-amp, there is no real competition. For the price of a low end pre-amp, you can get a top of the line receiver that will dance circles around the pre-amp.
I have used Sony, Harmon Kardon, Pioneer and Denon receivers. Only the Denons and the HK were recent models so I can't honestly compare the Sony and Pioneer. The receiver you decide on should satisfy the needs of your setup and requirements. My choice of receiver was made because I needed/wanted Audyssey XT32 to calibrate my speakers and multiple subs into my room. At the time Denon had the only option. Going from Audyssey XT (Denon 4310) to XT32 (Denon 4311) was a noticeable improvement in my opinion. I do have a three subs in an 18' x 17' x 8' sealed room and no matter where I placed my subs, was getting a huge null at the MLP at certain frequencies so powerful sub EQ was what I needed.
Same goes for amps. Any pro amp that can deliver the sufficient power to your speakers is as good as any Krell, Mark Levinson, NAD, etc amp. So long as it can deliver the power at the frequencies and impedance you need that's all that matters. The amps' job is to power the speakers and nothing else. It should not add a certain sound or presence to the audio. If it does, it was designed poorly. It should reproduce the signal it was fed from the source. Nothing more, nothing less. With "high end audiophile" amps, mostly what you pay for are the name, looks and usually quiet, fanless designs. If it's tucked in a closet somewhere, the only time you'll notice the difference is when you look at how much bigger you bank account will be if you bought pro audio amps.
As for the power conditioner, if your wiring is good, your lights aren't constantly dimming and you don't have frequent black/brownouts you can do without it. Like I said, most modern electronics have power supplies that are more than capable of dealing with voltage swings. Look at the back of any modern device and it should give you a voltage range. Often it's like 100V - 120V or something like that. Again, the only reason I have the UPS is to prevent loss of power to my equipment when updating the BIOS and potentially bricking it. It has nothing to do with conditioning the power to protect the equipment or make the audio and video quality any better. I just use a decent quality surge suppressor for that.
Save your money on that and the expensive cables and spend it on your receiver, room treatments or professional calibration instead. That's where you'll hear the difference.