I've got a Pioneer PDP427XD Plasma, Sony HDR-860S DVD recorder, Sky HD, Arcam CD93 CD Player, Arcam FMJ A32 stereo amp and Denon AVR-2105 home cinema amp. PMC TB2 Front L&R/centre speakers and Mordaunt Short MS903S rears (I know, planning to upgrade to PMC DB1s).
Basically I want to upgrade my home cinema amp to something with HDMI switching. I have the front L&R channels routed through the Arcam stereo amp via pre-outs and want to keep this configuration so that I can remove all the home cinema components completely from the chain when playing CDs. So what I need is a home cinema amp with pre-outs, and that is a good sonic match for the Arcam. The Denon has been fine, and I have only really noticed a shift in the tonal balance when the same voice pans accross the front channels, still I would like to improve on this if possible. Is it worth waiting for amps to start featuring decoding for the new HD sound formats? I do plan to buy an HD player when multi-format ones have been through a couple of generations and hit reasonable price.
An Arcam home cinema amp would seem to be the obvious choice, but I don't really want to spend that sort of money. Any suggestions below £500? Am I selling everything else short by not spending more? Music and movies are equally important to me.
Advice greatly appreciated!