Originally Posted by Shawn Barrere
...So, question is, when it comes to integrated amps.....is the sound quality of these better than that of equal cost avrs?
Why do you ask?
It is not so much dependent on AVR vs Stereo, but rather - what you are your priorities and what is it you need to do?
There are differences, for example -
2 Amp Channels vs 7 Amp Channels for a Fixed amount of money. 2 Amps for $500 vs 7 Amp for $500.
Stereo Class-A/B vs AVR Class-D
Then Power Supplies. AVRs tend to be under-rated, Stereo tend to be over-rated -
AVR = 700w = 500w Power Supply
Stereo = 200w = 300w Power Supply
Now there are logical reasons for this. In an AVR, the amp channels are not used equally. The bulk goes to the Front/Center, and less demands to the Surrounds. In a Stereo, the amp channel are used equally.
More than AVR vs Stereo
, the true question are - how much do you have to spend, what you are priorities, and what is it you need done?
AVRs are very feature rich, but those features aren't free. The more you add to one area, the more you have to subtract from other areas to stay within a fixed price point.
So, it is the task at hand that needs to be served. I'm fond of saying -
If you want a Music System, then get a Music System; meaning a Stereo.
If you want a Movie System, then get a Movie System; meaning Surround Sound.
But, an AVR will still play music, and a Stereo can still make for some great movies ...but... what are your priorities? You (and your budget and circumstances) are where you will find the answer to the question - AVR vs Stereo.
It is not an absolute thing. The real answer is - maybe ... it depends.
Myself, my priorities is Music, even though I watch a lot of movies. My budget is low and my space is relatively small, so I choose Stereo and will not be swayed from that until I win the Lottery. Even then I won't change, Music and Stereo will still be my priority. Though I will now have the money for a second system dedicated to movies. But the priority of Stereo doesn't go away.
... I'm not sure I see the point. ... At the same price point, and assuming I don't need all the fancy connections and what not.
What point is it that you do not see?
Why buy a Sports Car? Why buy a Mini-Van? Well the answer is to serve the task at hand. You buy a Sports Car for fast efficient fun. You buy a Mini-Van for more utilitarian purposes.
Same with AVR vs Stereo
, YOU determine this - you, your priorities, your circumstances, your space, your budget.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and there is no one definitive answer.