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post #1 of 6 Old 08-07-2019, 02:13 PM - Thread Starter
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Need advice on upgrading

I have a 26 year old Rotel tuner/preamp and amplifier with multi rooms wired for speaker pairs with impedance matching volume controls. Amplifier lost right ch output. I am torn between buying separates i.e integrated amp, tuner or just going with a receiver for simplicity and cost saving like the Yamaha R-N803 Network Stereo Receiver. I like the WiFi, Bluetooth,streaming capabilities. Also I need the ability to play from my laptop my Itunes library CD collection through the system. I do that now by using the earphone jack on the laptop to RCA input on the Rotel tuner/preamp. Maybe with Wifi or bluetooth capability I could do it differently.
I do know that separates would get me closer to the audio quality I would like but my budget is tight. Another consideration and I realize this is a 2ch thread but there are comparably priced AVR's with maybe better audio specs. I would then be inclined to build out a home theater setup but mainly a 2 ch user.
My current speakers are low end hopefully to be upgraded in the future.
Any and all suggestions welcome.
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What about a NAD Recevier?

You get the best of both worlds.

7.1 possible expansion while having a great 2 channel base and plenty of bells and whistles.
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Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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What about a NAD Recevier?

You get the best of both worlds.

7.1 possible expansion while having a great 2 channel base and plenty of bells and whistles.
Interesting. What model are you referring to?
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Interesting. What model are you referring to?

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-Frxwj3...SABEgI5v_D_BwE

The NAD T758.

If you’d like possible expansion to 11.2, the T777 comes with processing for that many channels.

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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https://www.crutchfield.com/S-Frxwj3...SABEgI5v_D_BwE

The NAD T758.

If you’d like possible expansion to 11.2, the T777 comes with processing for that many channels.
I was just looking at those on the NAD website. On first look they seem pricey. But any further discussion on those I should probably take over to those forums.
Any further recommendations on 2 ch systems?
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I almost went with a preamp/amp combo for 2 channel. But every combo still needed a DAC, and I needed one that could switch digitl sources. That meant one more black box, a deal breaker. I compromised and I'm very happy I did. It doesn't feel like a compromise at all. The combo Yamaha integrated and the Emotiva DAC work very well together.
The Yamaha A-S1000 integrates into the HT setup very nicely. It has direct amp input, in that mode it is nothing more than a stand-alone amp that the AVR controls, volume & tone all controlled by the AVR. FWIW the AVR has very decent sound quality and the A-S1000 was an added mainly because I got it dirt-cheap second hand. I do think it drives the speakers better than most AVRs can. YMMV
The cheapest integrated amp that I'm aware of is the Onkyo A-9150. It also has digital inputs, which my Yamaha int. amp lacks. But it makes up for that in other areas.

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