Originally Posted by email@example.com
I have been reading a lot of the posts, great info, thanks. I am thinking about upgrading my 4306 to the big monster and have a couple of questions. First my setup. I have a 7ch Earthquake CineNova, 803D B&Ws. Today I have a dedicated (NAD S100) preamp for hifi 2-ch listening, and use my denon for everything else. I was hoping that the new, heavy, expensive AVP would fix this and replace the need for my 2ch preamp. The AVP has balanced out, just like my S100... and the components seem good, and no poweramp to mess with things.
Any ideas/comments. The point is that I would like to have all that the AVP has to offer AND a very good hifi quality sound (in (or is it to) par with a good 2ch pre-amp.
One more thing while I am writing, I've been reading on the US site, and I can not see that the AVP supports the new HD formats for sound... what is up with that?
I would like to opine on the separates issue since I have both. One is a large system with a Pre/Pro, good 2 channel Pass Labs X350 and a B&K 7 channel amp along with Self powered subs and furniture with transducers. I play from a NAS drive, CD, Satellite, HD-DVD, DVD and Bluray. This system is connected by dedicated filtered electricity and good cables. My second is a 5.1 Receiver with a DVD player a self powered sub and good speakers.
Both systems sound good but of course I'd rather sit in front of the separates system.
I've upgraded over the years nearly every year and with the separates it's more fun because it's only a component. I've tried quite a few amps and had wanted to try your amp but I didn't. This has been a fun hobby for me for the last probably 20 years and my first Pre/Pro was the Yamaha DSP-3000 which I really loved and in fact still own. You also have many different speakers and my two mains need more power and with separate amps you can do more to configure this. I also really like 2-channel music and with a set of big speakers and a powerful 2-channel amp you really get good sound.
On the other hand if you buy all in one it's easier to set up and one might argue that you eliminate interference by having less cabling and fewer AC connections causing ground loops.
I guess my point might be to not be concerned with the interference unless you actually buy separates because I've had more trouble with separates and interference. I also think your issue comes down to what you want to do with the system, budget and etc.
This issue can be more subjective and less scientific and that's probably a good thing because years ago at a time when I owned a McIntosh with tubes it was both scientific and subjective. Now that I'm older I really want to buy both a tube amp and a phonograph, yikes.
If I were you I would do as you mention and move to one unit that has what you need and has balanced outputs to match your amp. My pre/pro works very well with 2 channel audio. My point is that you have a nice amp and lots of power which is good. Just don't connect the amp to the same circuit as your pre/pro. With an amp of your size I might even make sure I used one step heavier in guage for the in house wiring on a dedicated circuit for the amp. You don't want excessive voltage drops in the AC line.
Just my opinion.