A backwards step?
I might get shooed out of the hi-fi section but I'm thinking of making some changes to my system again & thought I'd put it out there to get some thoughts.
I started out a couple of years ago wanting to add a power amp to my AV set-up & it was recommended that I could try adding an integrated instead.
First tried the MF M6-500i because of the HT by-pass feature. Then stepped up to the AMS35i which was great. After a few firey experiences I ended up with a separate MF Primo pre-amp & an AMS35P power amp.
Sounds great for music no doubt about it, but I haven't ended up with what I originally set out to do which was add some extra grunt to my AV set-up.
Spoke to the dealer that I bought my kit from & he has offered to swap the pre/pow for an M6-500i & a new Yamaha AV reciever. In terms of dollars spent I'm a little bit behind but not much. He's pretty clear however that he doesn't think that this is the best thing to do.
I'm not going to argue the case that the M6 is in the same league as the AMS. However my usage is 50/50 music /HT, probably even more HT if I'm totally honest.
Unfortunately I don't have the space (or the money) to have two totally separate systems.
So......... is the trade off in terms of SQ outweighed by the practical benefit of adding a powerful high quality integrated?
On another note I'm in the process of moving my Diablos on as well. As much as have enjoyed the clarity they offer I truly miss the scale & midrage that floorstanders can give. Have been eyeing off a pair of Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Concert Grands. Anyone with any thoughts on these?
Funny, after all the experimenting to pretty much go full circle & end up back where I started!!! Bloody expensive circle