it would actually be 5-channel stereo rather than through the surround processing. I can’t stand listening to music in surround mode.Thanks. Hereâ€™️s my dilemma: if Iâ€™️m doing a full 5.1 with Excites [plus Atmos and maybe Auro eventually], will I be wanting to do as much as if not more all channel music listening than 2 channel? ....bc if thatâ€™️s the case, the money for the integrated amp would be better spent on a 3-5 channel power amp, no?
It's kind of a preference question. Do you like listening to stereo music processed through a surround encoder? Some do, some don't. I don't. Even when I was big into the SACD and DVD-A craze, I usually preferred to listen to the stereo mix than the discrete multichannel mix. So I always put my money into the front L&R channels first and compromise on the rest. But if you like surround processing and prefer to listen to music and watch shows in surround, then it makes sense to invest more equally on all the channels.
Not having listened to music through an integrated amp for a comparison, I’ve preferred all-channel stereo or 5-channel stereo to 2-channel stereo through an AVR.
I’m not much into classical, jazz, or symphony, and there are days that I like to play loud [which suits the all-channel stereo mode].... but I’m sure there will be times when I’ll want to appreciate music in 2 channel listening. I know that I’ll need some form of external amplification that much is certain. If I go the integrated route, can I have my cake and eat it too— still be able to listen 5-channel stereo when I want but with the integrated still powering my fronts to lessen the AVR’s burden?