Expansion From 5.1.2 to 7.1.4 Power Amp Choices
I am currently using my NAD 777 V3 in a 5.1.2 configuration. I want to expand that system into a full ATMOS/DTX 7.1.4 system. To do so, I need to add 4 more channels of power amp (the NAD only comes with 7 power amp channels). I am looking at either getting TWO NAD C 268s or ONE Anthem PVA 4. Funny enough, they are almost the exact same total price. If I get the Anthem, it will be the only non-NAD amp in my system (I use an old NAD to power my sub). I've not been able to find a review of the exact Anthem unit, but others in the series PVA 5, PVA 7 have decent reviews. The NAD C 268 also has very decent reviews. The two units use different approaches to get their power output. The NAD uses a "digital" amp, while the Anthem seems to use a more traditional approach (and weighs more than the two NADs put together!).
Does anyone have any experiences with either (or both) of these amps? My guess is either one would work just fine as the "height" channels in the 7.1.4 ATMOS/DTX system. I'd just like to hear if there are any "issues" with either amp.
Thanks for any information.