hi all i have an old sherwood amp and im looking to upgrade i have a 5.1 set of mordant short alumini speakers and wondered what the best amp would be to match them i will be running a ps3, an lg plasma and a virgin (tivo) box on it cheers
Can you give us an idea of budget?
What kind of sound do you like? Fast & detailed (Pioneers lean this way) or more on the full-bodied warmer (Yamaha) side? My memory of the Mordaunt Shorts are that they could veer towards brightness, so might need a Yammy to take the edge off. I can't be too confident about this though as it was a few years ago that I heard the MS.
Now is an excellent time to buy an AVR with new models from Yamaha & Pioneer arriving in the shops, there are some cracking deals around. One of the best deals I've seen, for example is the successor to my AVR, the Pioneer Sc-2022 at just £400 (albeit an ex-demo example). That really is a lot of metal & excellent sound SQ for the money.
There are bargains to be had with Onkyos and Arcams too, so it depends what you like. Synergy is as important as budget though, so although it's a faff, it's really worth testing your speakers with any amp you have in mind...or thoroughly checking out the dealer's returns policy first! Even if you had to spend a little more than some crazy Internet deal to get a decent demo, it's worth it, as you'll have many years to rue a hasty decision!
Sources; Bluray: Pioneer BDP-450, CD: Cambridge 640C, Tidal>iPad>Airplay, Roku 3; AV Receiver: Pioneer VSX-2021; Speakers: Ruark Epilogue II's; MA Apex A10 /MA Radius R90HD rears/R370HD sub.; TV: Panasonic TXP-42G30B plasma
I,ll second the pioneer sc2022,bought mine from peter tyson outlet via ebay bid £399 brand new ,boxed 2 year warranty,great deal