Amp for b&w cm8's for 80% tv / 20% music ?
After several years with a lower end Sony home theatre system, I decided to go for a higher quality stereo system instead. After lots of research and some listening, I decided on two B&W CM8 speakers and am very happy with them.
However I'm still using them with the old 5.1 Sony amp - using optical input from sky hd and ps3 set to stereo. I'm not planning to go back to a 5.1 (or 7.1) setup, but when I do listen to music the amp doesn't really do the CM8's justice. So I'm looking to get a new amp but am struggling to choose between the Yamaha AS500 and the Rotel RA1520. The Rotel is going to be better for music, but is supposedly not the best amp for detail, and it will be mostly used for HD TV/ films. The Yamaha is much cheaper and apparently good with detail, but will I be wasting my CM8's potential ?
One other question, if I'm using 2 channels, should I just use phono stereo outputs on sky hd/ps3, or is there any advantage in using the 5.1 signal via DAC's ?