I've been lurking and have learned alot so far- thanks all. Grew up listening to dad's Monitor 10's, and have just acquired a pair of SDA's (for the second time). The rig I use is my dad's old Yamaha CR-840 which is no powerhouse but sounds pretty good through the speakers. My challenge is that I need to replace this with something more modern for Home Theater setup. I do have a Yamaha RX-V490 currently for that purpose, but when I hook up the Polks to that one, they sound muddy and hollow by comparison. Apparently, the quality of the RX is nowhere near that of the CR.
I'm hoping you guys could give me some suggestions as to a cheap or used AVR with pre-outs that I can build off of in the future (amps, etc.) as funds come available. My plan is to sell off the CR and use (only) that money for the replacement. Can I get a sound quality equal or better to that old Yamaha for about the same money? I know it's gonna be tough, but I scan Craigslist and Ebay regularly. I just need some ideas on which brands/models to look for.
I could also do a trade with someone who is looking for a CR in nice shape.
Thank you in advance.