Greetings to all! Long time listener, first time caller...So I finally have the time and space to get back into the game after being gone for 20 years!
Background of what I have owned, Polk Moniter 5, RTA 11's, NAD 3020, Carver MXR 130, and Carver M400. I started out with the NAD, loved it. Still have it somewhere in storage!
So now after being limited to what I could buy due to frequent travel and and smallish accomodations at times I am finally settled in a house with plenty of space (to a point) and not moving anytime soon.
So the rebuild has begun, I recently purchased a pair of Rti A7's, a pr tsi 100's for rear channels right now, and a cs 10.
Powering is being done by a Denon AVR2600 thats ..ummm 13 years old...lol. Due to above stated reasons. The Rti's replaced Bose acoustimass..I know I know, they served there purpose, easy to pack and travel and need limited space.
So here is the deal, Since the world of audio gear has spiraled from my grasp for the most part(tried to stay current over the years), things have defo become more complicated.
My Denon has 5.1 analog inputs plus pre outs, I was thinking about adding a NAD T 955. I was first looking at recievers, the local hi fi guy was really pushing the Den 2310, but I listen to a lot of 2 channel also, and from what I have read on here and other forums, the current Dens jsut really are not there for 2 chan.
Second, I really don't need the HDMI connectivity, my next purchase will be the Oppo 83 real soon. I have a Sammy 50" plasma and an Epson 1080 CinemaLite projector, and my current Toshiba HD DVD upscales great for me.
My thing is really sound, sound, and sound. Sure there are great features on many of those receivers, and they do sound appealing, my source material for music is my ITunes library now(convenience) but I do like to pop in a real disc from to time, and will more often with the Oppo.
So I have looked at the Marantz 7002(found a great deal), was looking at the Den's, but have shyed away now, looked at some NAD's T773, and T747.
I know the Den 2310 can be bi amped, which I think I want to do if a HTR is chosen.
So now my head is more screwed up than ever, the choices were much easier years ago!
I am leaning towards the Marantz if I go HTR route, but that NAD T747 looks really good, plus I can get a good deal on one right now:D, but the idea of keeping the Den as a pre and just adding the NAD T955 amp sounds good also.
The Rti's are still breaking in, but are still going to be a little bright with my current Den and forward. Bass could be cleaned up too, they go low enough, but lack some detail at times depending on source material.
Any thoughts? Or pros and cons?