Well after reading here about amps, preamps, vintage speakers etc. I found myself lusting after a change in my home theater / music system. I started by replacing my center channel Klipsch with the Polk Lsic. Noticeable difference immediately. The voices were fuller, I guess that is less bright? The new sound from them matched far better with my polk sda-srs 1.2 tls. My kitchen is juxtaposed with my family room and the sound from the previous always had my wife asking if I could turn the sound down. That has now stopped and she even commented that I must have adjusted something because it doesn't bother her now. I guess I can throw the box away, mission accomplished there.
Second I began reading about amps here and through google reviews. I had settled on the earthquake 5 channel or the sunfire signature series 5 channel. I settled on the sunfire and found one and bought it. I just finished setting it up yesterday and I must say the new sound has so much more with so much less volume than what I had. I am now using the denon 5700 as my preamp. I must also say that my hats off to the folks at Denon on the 5700. While the new sound is superior in many subtle ways the Denon with the polk 1.2tl's was appreciably better than some friends of mine who continue to spend money on speakers but never quite match my previous setup. Well now they are going to be really pissed.
First noticeable difference is the new background sounds. Much more noticeable and truly separated providing a wider and deeper sound stage. I believe that the improvement in sound is evident at very low listening levels. I had told my wife that the new piece of equipment was going to improve the sound and make it less invasive into the kitchen space. For now another major mission accomplished.
My impressions so far have me convinced that the sound improvement is as follows:
Much deeper and richer sound at lower levels.
sound stage much broader and deeper than before.
New sounds or sounds much more in evidence possibly from the wider sound stage.
crisper highs without being piercing. The sounds of glass breaking is not pitchy and the sounds fade away noticeably instead of just disappearing.
Music through the Polks is almost remarkable compared to before. The soundstage is so much deeper and wider with much more accuracy. I could hear the separation before but now it's wider and you can feel the separation as well as sense it.
More music fun today. I guess I can put the sunfire box away, this is a keeper.
We watched Departed last night for the second time in two days, once with the aformentiond denon and now with the sunfire. I am Hooked.
Today willl be more music and playing with the sound balances and home theater set up program. I am wondering if this can get even better, perhaps a pre amp? What improvement might i expect, or should I just settle in with this for awhile? We are truly fortunate to live in a time that allows us to have such choices aren't we?:D