Well I am officially a convert to separtism. I languished for years in the delusion that a really good avr was comparable to the pre-amp / amp etc system. I used the Denon 5700 as my primary unit. While I feel that it was up to the task of driving the big Polks and it never ever gave me trouble it is only fair to say that I have finally had the epiphany. Mind you, it wouldn't trouble me in the least to revert to the old ways if I felt that the separtist method was exaggerated. Alas, my world is realigned. I make no comparative statements as to the quality of Sunfire's equipment versus other manufacture's I am merely pointing out what most of you have known for quite a while. The Denon, while an excellent piece, does not provide the clarity, soundstage, depth of sound and effortless performance. When pushed the Denon was not really up to the task. It's volume went up but the soundstage created by the big Polks was not as 3 dimensional. It is really quite a remarkable difference. When I close my eyes and listen to the sounds of great music or equally great soundtracks in our movies the separation is really not comparable. I am not an audio tech kinda guy, I prefer sinking my mind into other things like cars. I leave the techno speak to those of you who are more inclined and far more adept. I admit I gather bits and pieces from ya'll and I think I am catching on to some things like "head room" for example. My choices of my upgrade equipment has come as a result of this forum. I can easily say that, for now, Music and home theater have provided more enjoyment then before. I really like how there is absolutely no sound coming from the speakers when not being driven by what is provided in the media. I am convinced that this represents what is termed " pure " sound. If tubed equipment is better it would probably be wasted on my blown out ears. How can the sound of the super elite high end gear be so much better than what most of us have now. With all due respect, can a pair of $ 50,000.00 speakers really out perform the Polk's by so much as to warrant the extra $47,000.00?$? To those of us who can afford the additional coin and truly appreciate the quality improvement more power to ya!
I guess I am in Audio Nirvana, for now. Thanks a heap!!!!!!!!!