Going from 2.1ch. hi-fi to 5.1ch. home cinema
I'm looking for advice to upgrade my hi-fi to a home cinema system.
Currently I've a Yamaha A-S500 amp powering a Rotel RCD-06SE CD player and a PlayStation 3 via RCA cable to Dynaudio Audience 42 speakers on Atacama stands with Chord Carnival Silverscreen cable and a Gale subwoofer.
It's a modest 2.1 channel system. Having heard a proper 5.1 channel home cinema system, I'd like to upgrade whilst maintaining the quality of 2.1 channel audio. So I'm thinking :
1. Replace Yamaha A-S500 amp with an Arcam AVR350 amp.
2. Add rear speakers (Cambridge Minx) and a centre (Dynaudio Audience 42C).
Then I can connect the CD player by RCA cable and the PS3 by optical and get 5.1 sound, whilst still using the Audience 42's for music.
Any thoughts on where I might improve on this? I don't want to sacrifice the quality of 2 channel music from the CD player with an inferior AV amp. If money was no object then I'd get an Arcam AVR600 and enjoy DTS-HD and True-HD sound, but £500 is my budget to get the whole job done.
Thanks for any help.