What makes for a good receiver/amp/pre amp and why?
I've been listening to my Rotel 2 channel rig for some time and desided to conduct yeat another test between the Rotel preamp and my receiver subbing as a pre amp.
All kidding aside,the Rotel preamp has a more narural sound.It brings life to dynamic range and opens up the soundstage.Imaging is really detailed with different volumes inbetween instruments...meaning air inbetween everything like each sound has it's own speaker to play it's sound....
Now the receiver introduces a different sound....like a static without actually being there.....I'm having a hard time trying to come up with words to describe what I hear.....so Please bare with me....the soundstage isn't as wide with the receiver as a preamp,it is still behond the sides of the speakers but doesn't seem limited to the walls like the pre amp(Rotel )does.The other thing I noticed is that the receiver also seems to skip certain sounds...like for example..........in one track I ran I can hear the bass guitar totally clear in the background supporting the kick of the bass drum,then following the guitar note for note.I can focus on the bass guitar the entire length of the sound with the Rotel Pre amp.Now the same sound with the receiever(Denon) as the pre amp,I cannot follow the bass guitar.It gets lost in the mix like all the other sounds are drowning it out.
I have only owned 1 other seperate amp and that was the B&K st140,I never owned the correct matching preamp for it,I always ran it off the receiver I owned at the given times.Now that amp sounded completely different each time I made a receiver change.The sonic signature of each recveiver was introduced each time.For better or worse it was there.I sold off that amp and that was that.
I never put this much time into 2 channel listening/testing like I'm doing know.Home Theater is still my baby ,but 2 channel is so enjoyable now that I made some changes to my system.
My question to all is what makes for a good rig?What makes for a good amp/pre combo and why does the sound change so much between a pre amp and a receiver acting as a pre amp?
I understand the seperation between electronic as noise and such from other parties sharing a common chasis,but using an outboard amp is some sort of seperation.
My Receiver has a Direct 2 channel bypass.I would have thought this would improve some of the sound quality when using the internal amps and external amps.It seems to make little difference.
Using the external amp compared to the internal amp is night and day.The internal amp in the Denon holds no candle to the Rotel or the B&K, but the Rotel pre amp in the mix makes all the difference in greater then the internal amp vs the external.
I completely understand why alot of you guys use a receiver as a preamp for 2 channel listening and home theater alike,I'm getting real tired of rewiring my gear when I want to watch a movie.
I used to go as far as putting in the rt1000p's in the mix due to the lsi's do not match at all the cs400i and the rest of the theater speaker package.I don't have the room to run both pairs up front for 2 channel and theater separately.
This entire ordeal with my system is a temp thing.....when the house is done,I can build the system correctly with the rsp1066,RMB1075 and the rb1070.I will power the mains with the rb1070,the 5 channel amp rmb1075 will do center,rears and surround back.I think this will make for an incredibile 2 channel and theater rig........later down the road I want to build the office 2 channel rig but funds are growning thin due to all the expense of the new house,furniture,and such.The theater comes first.Once it's done I can start building funds for the 2 channel rig.
I got alot of thinking,I got some sort of lock on the 2 channel rig but who know by then.