This post and the questions asked may offend die hard audiophiles. If so, I apologise in advance...
I recently bought a Yamaha RX-A810 receiver, primarily for use with films, but I'd also like to get the best out of it with music. I appreciate that an AVR will always represent an element of compromise in terms of stereo performance.
While I love the spread of sound and detail the Yamaha produces with films, especially DTS HDMA and Dolby True HD soundtracks, it's less talented with music. The tone and detail produced with music are very pleasing, but the sound lacks some bite and authority at the bottom end. Compounding this problem, I'm sure, is the fact that I'm using a budget Panasonic Blu-ray player as a CD transport.
I'd like to introduce another system component to address this problem, without spending a fortune. If money and space were not important factors, I'd love a dedicated stereo system. However, this really isn't a possibility in the foreseeable future.
Option one is to buy a dedicated CD player, which would be connected to the Yamaha's analogue inputs, thereby taking advantage of the CD player's onboard digital to analogue converter. It would of course need to be a CD player that produces a more forthright sound at the low end; maybe something like the Teac PDH600, which is available in a few places for £300.
Option two is to buy a DAC as an intermediary between the Panasonic BDP and AVR. Again, a more dynamic sound at the bottom end is a priority.
Any advice from hi-fi enthusiasts would be hugely appreciated.