Another happy customer here since adding my A38 to the system
Massive improvement in stereo playback. Cinema remains the same.
AV: Sony KDL37w5500-Yamaha RXV2065-Monitor Audio RX8 AV12-Pioneer BDP320-Chord & QED cables and connects-------------
HI-FI: Arcam A38-Arcam CD37-Monitor Audio RX8-Chord cables and connects
another beautiful amp! keep the suggestions coming
Ben how do the MA speakers sound in combination with your Arcam (retorical question)
Pioneer VSX-LX53, Klipsch SP-1, Synology 112, Ipad2, Onkyo ND-S1.
Also regarding the original post, I first added a rotel power amp to my av receiver to try and improve stereo playback. It did improve things but not by much and certainly not worth the expense. If you do decide to add something add an integrated with av bypass or similar and then just use hifi when listening to music.
So what does the pre do(i know it control's the volume)to make such a diference...?
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I have read the manual of the A38 online.
What I read was that if you use it in HT mode the amp then acts as a power amp (correct me if I am wrong)
If this is true what would be the advantage of using an integrated amp?
or would the pre-part still be used
Yes it does act as a power amp when in ht mode hence that there is no improvement when using cinema. When you want to listen to stereo you will not have it in bypass mode. Your source will be directly connected to the integrated and so it will now be a stand alone system as your av receiver can remain turned off.
Gsb I believe that a pre handles volume and inputs. I guess that the pre in your MF amp out performs the many pres in your av amp and that is why you prefer the sound. I'm no expert I'm afraid I only know that I prefer the sound of a dedicated stereo amp to my av amp (even my old a75 IMO sounds better than my rxv2065 for stereo).
thanks for the explanation Ben
things become more and more clear to me
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