Originally Posted by Tank_PD
Yes, you can get a 2-channel amp and use the pre-outs of the Denon or Anthem AVR. If you get the the Anthem AVM, you'll need more channels of amplification if you have surround. What were you thinking of getting? For the cost of the STR stereo amp alone you can get the Anthem AVM 60 and the MCA525. What speakers do you have? It's going to be tough to tell the difference between the MCA525 and the STR in most situations.
It sounds like you are trying to save $4k and not get the matching stereo preamp, but why are your trying to spend $6K on the amp in the first place?
So now you understand my situation 100%. I have Paradigm Prestige 75F (fronts), C45 (center), 15B (surround), 7x Millenia One (2 surround back + 5 heights), and 1x SVS SB16.
For movies, I am satisfied, I don't think I need to upgrade anything. For music however, I want to upgrade the experience. Here are my thoughts:
I want to get 2x Persona 3F (fronts). I assume they will sound much better than the Prestige 75F.
I wanted to get a dedicated 2 ch amp for the Persona speakers, that would be much better than the Denon X8500h's amp.
The MCA252 has much more power than the Denon's. The P2 is more appealing with significantly more power and lower THD and better S/N ratio.
I consider the STR amp as the best quality of amplifiers I may afford.
I know there is Macintosh and other great manufacturers, I am just completely ignorant about them, and never heard one before. These companies do not have any presence where I live.
My existing Denon X8500h.
Pros: Great for movies, Auro3D, 13 ch, 7.1 analog input.
Cons: I don't like Audyssey, I don't like bass in my room, I believe there is much more than this. I believe Audyssey is limiting capabilities of this amp.
I wanted to go for Anthem processor/avr for better room correction and bass management. I was hoping that if they would suffice as Stereo pre-amp, I can save some $$. If I will do this, I will stick to the MRX1120, because I don't want to pay another 9ch amplification
This is pretty much all what is running in my mind.
To organize my request for advice:
- Do you think the Persona will be significantly better than the Prestige?
- Do you think adding a stereo amp (MCA/P2/STR) to the AVR will be significantly better than the AVR's amp?
- Can a flagship AVR double as a Stereo pre-amp?