I am slowly trying to build onto my existing home theater. I have heard many mention that amplification has dramatically improved their sound and puts less strain on their gear.
My question will sound stupid to most, but if I added an amplifier (I am looking at B&K, Adcom, NAD, etc.), do I have to make sure that it is 5.1 compatible? Would it make a dramatic difference? I find myself really cranking the receiver (approx. -25 dB's to get a good listening experience) and am wondering if an amp woiuld place less of a strain on my receiver and speakers. I may be way off base in that assumption and am sure I will get feedback telling me how lame I am to even fathom that thought of using an amp. Although my speakers are weak at the moment, I look to upgrade in the next couple of years. Some might say to upgrade the speakers now and wait on the amp. I am open to opinions and appreciate any feedback. Thanks in advance for all feedback.