I have come to the conclusion that at this point in my life having a dedicated 2 channel system of high quality just isn't realistic. I will be moving to a 3 bedroom apartment in April with one room starting as the home office but becoming the home office/guest bedroom as our family grows. The rooms are both a bit small and will only become smaller as we move more things into the office. Since it will eventually be next to a child's room, AND in an apartment, loud listening wont really be an option.
I have my bonus coming sometime around May of next year and in thinking of the best way to get my bang for the buck, I think instead of buying a REALLY GOOD 2 channel rig, I am going to re-invest in making the gear I have better, both for 2 channel and HT. I should be able to get a bigger bang for my buck.
Tell me what you think.
Here is what I am going to buy used or new:
-Purchase a Grand Cinema 250x5 to replace my Carver AV-705x. While I really, really want the Signature 450x5 its just not in the cards right now. Plus the 4 ohm power of the Cinema Grand should be more than enough for the LSi 15?s, and LSiC
-Purchase 3 really good IC?s for my front 3, along with quality jumpers for the Sunfire, thinking Audioquest dbs series.
-Purchase a Logitech Squeezebox Touch to stream FLAC from my computer in the office downstairs (will be hard-wiring it). Connect it to my Integra via optical/coaxial to use the DAC's in my Integra (I think they are better, but not sure).
-Purchase an Oppo 93 for blu-ray and 3D (we plan to purchase a Panasonic Plasma 3D TV w/ our tax return)
-Use the Grand Cinema to bi-amp my LSi 15's and power my LSiC center. This gives me the most power to the best speakers I have. My Integra DTR 5.9 has more than enough power for the 2 surrounds I use now, or even 2 more if I went 7.1
-Purchase either the BeyerDynamic DT-770's or AudioTechnica ATH-M50s for loud listening in the office
Here is what I am re-using to save some on the cost:
-Re-use my current bi-amp Audioquest wire FLX wire until I can afford to upgrade (another MIT wire deal, or over time)
-Move the AV-705x upstairs to use with my Monitor 60?s and bi-amp them via Y cables
-Keep using the HK3490 in my office since it takes coaxial. Upgrade that later on to a NAD pre paired with a Musiland Monitor 02 as my DAC.
By spending the money in the HT, I get better HT sound and also can use the stereo setting in the Integra when I want to listen to music via the Squeezebox so its high quality. The downstairs living area is bigger, more conducive to listening and the wife will also be able to enjoy it. I have a mid-range setup in the office, with some really good headphones if I want to crank it.
P.S. this doesn't mean I am giving up on a good 2 channel setup, I just realize its going to take a house before I can probably realize that dream.