Originally Posted by comfynumb
Hi Milt, I just got the new Marantz av8801 pre/pre, amps are a Sunfire 200 wpc x 5 into 8 ohms. that is driving everything. I'm set up in 5.1 as I like SACD AND DVD-A. So I have the Oppo 93. A def tech supercube 1 (for now) and my surrounds are Pinnacle BD650's. I said amps as I'm trying a Parasound out on the Revels, but I ended up with a hum that's driving me nuts.
I was just wondering because you are thinking about whether your Sunfire has enough power to do the F52s justice.
I'm nosy so another question, are you using the Oppo analog outputs for 2 channel?
It would be worth your while to test both outputs for SQ differences, imo, to compare the Oppo DACs to the DACs in your Marantz.
I know the Marantz is getting great reviews but I know nothing of it spec-wise.
FWIW, I think a well-balanced system is the smart way to go.
By that I mean using a cheapo disc player and spending $5k on a power amp is not a balanced system.
I'm also a big believer in having the best source device available, in relationship to the rest of the system, as everything down stream is affected by it.
Another FWIW, your system looks pretty well balanced imo.
I'm not surprised that the Sunfire sounds better to you than the Parasound, Bob Carver is nothing if not an amplifier guru.
While Parasound makes good solid gear, I think your system would deserve the Parasound Halo line.
Halos offer great quality, value and SQ, imo.
So the lesson is, you've had less than one day enjoy your new Revels.
TIME FOR UPGRADES!!
:D:DEdited by Milt99 - 2/15/13 at 1:12pm