Am I insane??? I have been trying to find a modestly priced preamp with balanced outputs with a built in crossover and bass management system. A decent built in DAC would be nice too :) It has proven to be a much more difficult endeavor than previously thought! I know I might be barking up the wrong tree with 2 channel purists... but sometimes I like a little extra bottom end thump when I listen to certain types of music and watch movies as this system is in my living room.
What I am currently running is an Adcom GFP-750 pre into a DBX DriveRack PA+ (Pro Audio, I know!). It performs the crossover duties, and room correction if I wish, but it is only functioning as a crossover most of the time. That feeds a pair of Epik Sentinel Subs and my Parasound HCA-3500. For mains I am currently running a pair of CRS+, but I should have my upgraded SDA SRS 2 in a couple weeks. I love the sound of the Adcom direct connected to the Parasound when I am running my SRS 2, but I just like a little more "Boom" every now and then.
Any ideas? Can someone point me to a solution that won't break the bank? I would like to continue to run stereo subs. The only other option I can come up with is to pick up a miniDSP Balanced 2x4 kit to handle the crossover duties.
I have been tempted by the Onkyo TX-8050 to run as a pre... But I am not sure of the sound quality or the quality or type of built in DAC. It also does not have any balanced outputs, which I have some concern about as I had a LITTLE buzz when I was running RCA's. But that might be something in the Adcom. I suppose I would be willing to sacrifice the balanced outputs for the right solution.
I am looking in the sub $1000 market, but less would be nice. I might be willing to sell my GFP-750 to get there... Depends on what you guys know of :)
Thanks in advance!