Recommendations required for Amplication for joint Hi-Fi and AV Duties
Until recently I have kept my Hi-Fi and AV systems separate and in two rooms. Music is my main priority, therefore the Hi-Fi comes first. However, the upgrade bug caught up with me and an urge to merge the systems back into the main room to allow the wife and children to have the games room back! So I ditched my B&W CDM1 SE's and KEF Q35.2, Q15.2 and Q95c and invested in a Spendor S8e, C9e and SR5 speaker set up for combined Hi-Fi and AV duties. For Hi-Fi duties, Rega Planar 3 + Elys, Linn Genki CD, Linn Wakona Pre-Amp plus Linn LK140 power amp. For AV use, Panasonic DMR E55 DVD Recorder, Denon 1801 AV Receiver and Panasonic TH-37PE30 plasma. Cables: Linn interconnects plus Chord Rumour2 speaker cable. Challenge: To switch between the systems,I have to manually change the front speaker cables over. Not a huge issue, but I have the dreaded nightmare of someone forgetting to switch off the amplification before doing so, plus the fact that I fancy upgrading the old Denon for somethng more higher spec and up to date, good as it has been for the last 6 years. Therefore, any ideas on replacement of the Denon and Linn amplification into a set-up that will satify both needs and remove the manual cable switching. Don't forget that Hi-Fi reproduction is the numero uno priority and the sound has to be as good, but preferably an improvement, over the current Linn gear, otherwise why bother to upgrade. Amps must be able to contain and control the Spendor's Bass, which is the only occasional weak point with the current Linn's. All advice gratefully received to narrow down candidates for demo's. Budget could be between £2000 to £3000.