I am running Deftech 7002's up front, BPX2's in the rear and their $500 center channel, forget the number.
Those will be replaced with a high quality line array in the near future. I've heard Selah's RS Line Array in my house being driven by nothing other than the 2600 and was very impressed with it. My big hold up is the cabinet maker right now.
I'll do a matching large center(mini array), same for the rear.
I have a large room volume wise and listen to a lot of hi res multichannel music which is why my interest is going with large speakers all the way around.
This is my first go round with this stuff and if I knew last year what I knew today I would have taken a different approach, mostly to the speakers. I like my DefTech's but I can see now I could have built a superior speaker for the same money.
Thankfully I am blessed with a wife who believes in function over form
I am very happy with my 2600 but I know with the array's I can drive them a lot more. I planning on going to a 2700 with the new setup for the networking options but if I could find a good pre that had the same video features as the 2600 I'd look at that with a solid and larger amp.
The DSP modes are useless to me. I played with them for 10 minutes and thats it. I listen to everything on STRAIGHT or through the multichannel. The only thing I use is PL II for some CD's and my DVD player takes care of that and passes it via the multichannel.
Does a dedicated amp help with low volumes? I took a listen through my DVD-A's that I did not really care for on my first listen. NIN's Downward Spiral on DVD-A sounded very muddy to me but I listened to it with the wife so volumes were moderate. Tonight I pulled it out, while writing this post and cranked it up. It was far more defined at louder volumes than low volumes. Is this because I was putting more power to the speaker?
Would an amp help lower volume definition in heavy bass/layed music?