Let me start out by saying I know very little about Pre-amps and amps, but after reading a lot of input from this forum, Iím seriously considering returning the HK DPR1001 to CC, and purchasing an amp instead, and using my Pioneer VSX-811s as the pre-amp (it has pre-outs so I can do that, right?). I need to get something to power those LSI7ís that I decided not to get rid of. Iím planning on trying the Rti8ís as fronts and the Lsi7ís as surrounds, with no center, and an HK 12 inch sub (or may move my Velodyne CHT 10 to work with this system). Used would be ok, but if I could find a real good deal on a new one, would definitely consider that also. The HK cost me about $675 with taxes and warranty, so would like to spend a similar amount on an amp. I could spend between $500 to $1000, but would like to find a real good deal Ė like perhaps a new $1000 amp for $750 (maybe Iím dreaming).
So, being a newbie to amps, I have several questions - since my Pioneer would be used as a preamp (I think), will the treble and bass settings and surround settings, and things like that still be available when going through the amp. In other words, your amp doesnít control the treble or bass, does it? Should I look at getting a multichannel amp, or should I just look at getting a two channel amp, since I listen to more music than HT, and just run the two main channels through the amp, with the other two channels (surrounds) and sub just coming out of the Pioneer? Do you think the Pioneer will sound good going through an amp?
Iíve been looking at Parasound amps on their website, and other places on the web. What do you guys think of those or do you have any suggestions. I tend to like something that sounds fairly ďbrightĒ (real crisp treble), and with ample bass, though Iím not a bass hog.
And, do you guys know of any online place or other wise, that sells them with a 30 day return policy like CC, so I can return it if it doesnít suit my tastes?