I bought NK AV-500 and Infinity speakers + sub from BestBuy in 1999 - mostly rental VHS tapes. This was my first home theater setup (with a 30" Panasonic CRT curved television. That's right - curved, but not today's curve
. It was not a flat screen - it was a convex curve on the entire screen.
Once DVDs became mainstream, I bought a DVD player with Dolby Digital / AC3 decoder. I moved from an apartment to a house with a large 2 story family room (about 18x18ft) that opened to the kitchen. I thought I will have to upgrade my setup. I was so wrong. I continued to enjoy the system in the large room, loud and clear.
Meanwhile, my friends starting setting with the likes of Yamaha, Onkyo etc. They had the fancy features, Dobly Digital, DTS etc. I thought the features were cool, but I liked my sound better. I did not know what was better or why it was better.
I think after about 6 years when I could not ignore HDMI anymore, I bought my first plasma TV (Panasonic) with HDMI input. It is at that time I decided to buy a "modern" receiver (Denon 989). HDMI switching became a requirement and the TV did not have ARC. Used the same infinity speakers. I packed my Nakamichi away at this point.
Eventually, about 5 years back I built a dedicated theater room in the house with a projector, SEAS Pendragon speakers for LCR, 2xHSU subs, old infinity speakers for rear and Sherbourn 7-350 amplifiers. My Denon became the processor, connected to Sherbourn. My plan was to complete the theater with proper on-wall surround speakers (7.2). Infinity speakers are doing a good job as rear speakers, but they are on the floor at an inconvenient spot.
Now I learned about Dolby atmos. I am going for a 7.2.4 setup with Anthem AVM 60 as the processor. I have zero'd in on Goldenear Super Sat3 for surrounds(4) and ceilings(4), demanding 11 channels of amplification - but I have only 7 from Sherbourn. My plan was to use the Denon for the 4 ceiling atmos speakers. Then it dawned on me - I could use the Nakamichi AV500 instead.
That is what got me to this thread. Right now, Nakamichi is connected to my son's drums kit, driving one Infinity speaker and an Infinity sub. I have a feeling the Nakamichi will do a better job than Denon as an external amp for the ceiling speakers.
The 7.1 channel Denon total power is 805W, but the Nakamichi 5 channel is over 900W. I believe the Nakamichi can deliver ~150W/ch to 8 ohm, where as the Denon may deliver up to 80W/ch to the same speakers.
When I bought the AV500 (while on AOL dial-up internet) I didn't know much about speakers or amplifiers. I think I just ended up buying a great system without really knowing about it. I will deploy the system hopefully in the next 2 months. I will come back and be sure to write about it.
I am very thankful to whoever started this thread.