Replacement for Denon AVC-A10SE required
I've had a Denon AVC-A10SE for over 11 years and until recently it's provided excellent sound quality and service. But recently I've had two problems with it. A hissing in the rear left channel and now a sharp cracking noise from the left front speaker. Swapping the speaker has proved it's the amp and not the speaker.
I think it's likely the amp is coming to the end of its useful life. So I'm looking for a replacement which MUST be good enough to handle music as well as 5.1 sound.
My speakers are B&W CM4, CMC and DM600 S3 for the rears. The CM4s cost £900 11 years ago so are probably comparable to CM8s.
I've shortlisted a Pioneer LX85 and hope to demo it in store with my speakers in a week or so. Are there any other amps I should consider? I feel the sound balance with my Denon is quite smooth but wouldn't mind a bit more bite providing it isn't too harsh.
Budget is reasonably flexible up to £1.5K.