Hi. I have the RX6's up and running with Yamaha RX-A1010 receiver. I used to have MA BR2 AV setup with the RX-A1010 but I go to the movies more often nowdays than watch them at home and I use my receiver 90% for music and 10% for movies so I decided to get pair of floorstanders that go nicely with my Yamaha but maybe things could really improve more if I change my receiver to a integrated amp. RX-A1010 is quite good for music and stereo for receiver and it has power and specs are in good shape but still I wonder could I get more out of my speakers with integrated amp..
Well, I don't think this is necessarely a forgoing conclusion.
I use my AV Receiver (modified) in my main system. It has 'bettered' a few stereo amplifiers in my posession for sheer musicality (this is after all why I listen to music). Amongst them a Denon PMA 1510AE, now sold and my recently acquired cyrus 8vs2 which is currently used in another system.
No, it is not perfect either but the combination of great facilities, power and 'musicality' is very convincing.
I have no idea how good or otherwise your receiver is in stereo but let your ears, rather than opinions, do the decision making and don't assume just because something is 'stereo only' it will make you automatically enjoy music more.
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I have heard the Creek 50A, Arcam A19 and Marantz Pearl Lite but not with the MA RX6 and not at the same time, the Creek 50A was the best. The A38 gets a poor review in WHF so not so sure its better than the A19. The impression I got is the Arcam A19 would suit classical music more than rock, the Creek seemed a good allrounder but was more musical. The Pearl Lite seemed pretty good but not so involving as the Creek. I suggest you read other reviews of the Creek, there is a link to 2 on their website.
Don't base your purchase on WHF reviews alone. I can categorically confirm that after having the A19, A28 and A38 at home, the A38 trounced the smaller A19. Sure they share a warm, detailed and room filling sound, but the 38 has so much more realism and control. And it sounds great with ALL genres of music!
Synology 212j, Sonos Connect, Leema Elements Dac, Pro-Ject Debut, Arcam A38, Kef R100, Chord cables
Yes I quite agree, don't go on reviews too much and thanks for the comparision of the Arcam amps.
It's true that some receivers sound better in stereo use than others and as many of you have pointed out that it all comes down to personal taste and what you hear so demoing would be the way to go. I have owned 3 receivers (Onkyo and two Yamahas) and I think both Yammies were good in stereo but with very different characteristics, detail levels and power. I decided to gamble this time and got the Creek Evolution 50A without demoing it firts and at the moment I am hearing the best sound I have ever heard as a 'whole'. I have only listened briefly different types of music through my new Creek but out of the box it's far more flexible and musical with different types of music than any of the receivers i owned. I traded off some muscle and grunt on the bottom end but got better mids and highs in exchange so I am happy so far.
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Back to 2 Channel system. It sounds like you're having a Phil Spector moment (although he wanted to go back to one channel). I recently went back to a 2 channel system whilst still retaining my 5 channel one. Like most people I started with 2 channels and then bought into surround sound, but got fed up with all the cables and settled for a Yamaha sound bar, which is really, really poor on stereo. So have set up a separate 2 channel system along side it. I use my MacMini as the source (95% of my music is FLAC & ALAC files anyway) and have installed the Audirvana plug in to improve iTunes and added a Meridian Explorer external DAC with it connected to a pair of Audio Engine 5+ powered apeakers. I share the sub between the two systems and the whole thing looks quite neat and sounds terrific. Truth be told I'm completely out of touch with Hi-Fi these days and didn't want to buy a load of new stuff, and the Audo Engines are qute reasonably priced. I wouldn't recommend this approach to everyone, but it's how I got back to 2 channels.
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