I got rid of my avr in order to get a new one. So instead of having several days of no music I hooked up my Marantz 2230 to my SDA CRS+. I had been using my Marantz as a phono preamp.
Pure bliss! Such simplicity, no subwoofer hooked up, just my Marantz and my crs. That thing has some real juice, as much almost as my dedicated amp. I might try hooking that up tonight just to see the difference but it was so clear, so defined, and I finally heard what must be referred to as "image weight". There it was, right in front and all around me. I have a new avr that just showed up today and I was going to sell my Marantz. Not now, not ever. I think I'll start my 2channel rig as soon as I can acquire another SDA, maybe 1c's. But really, now I understand why folks have one system for home theater, and another for 2 channel.
It was as if my system went "ahem", cleared the throat, and started to get past just warming up and really sing. This, from a 30 year old receiver that hasn't been upgraded? I know most of you already know these things, but it was going over my head until now.
What the heck am I going to tell my wife????? Kidding, she'll just just roll her eyes and plop down to listen to my next change. For now I'll have to stick with the AVR setup for lack of more rooms and speakers, but I'll be working on a 2 channel for the first time.