Direction/purchase advice for a 60/40 music/movies living room setup please!
I'm looking to spend $2500 on either an AV receiver OR an AV receiver AND an integrated amp with HT bypass.
I own THREE pairs of B&W DM602 S3 speakers, which means I can have FIVE identical speakers in a 5.1 home theater setup, if I choose to go that way.
I need to emphasize that I will have THREE identical speakers going across the front: left / center / right.
But what I want MOST from this setup is the best sounding 2 channel stereo I can get.
So, if I must, I am willing to "settle" more on the movie side of things than on the music listening side of things.
So my questions for you knowledgeable folks are:
1) Would I be better off spending the entire $2500 on an AV receiver such as the Rotel RSX 1520 or the Arcam AVR 400 or the Anthem MRX 700 or an equivalent NAD receiver?
2) Am I better off buying a pretty darn good integrated amp with HT bypass with 3/5 of my budget and a satisfactory AV receiver with the remaining 2/5 of my budget? Finally, 3) What pros and cons can I expect from each option? Thanks a lot - I look forward to reading the expert replies!