I am toying with the idea of adding some external amplification to my existing AVR to upgrade my 2.0 listening and help drive my somewhat power hungry mains. Current setup includes:
Marantz SR7200 AVR (6.1, 110w/ch)
PSB Stratus Bronze towers (90dB, 4ohm)
PSB Stratus C5i Center
PSB Image B4 Surrounds
Klipsch R-12SW Subwoofer
Rega P-1 w/glass platter and Ortofon 2M Blue Turntable
Cambridge Audio 540p TT preamp
I’d say I’m about 60%/40% Music/Movies. The AVR does ok and doesn’t clip, but Im sure I haven’t opened up my main speakers to their full potential considering their sensitivity and impedance. I know my AVR is outdated by quite a bit, but I still think it sounds reasonably musical and could serve as a pre-amp for an external amplifier for now and provide an upgrade path going forward. Im considering a used NAD272 for a very reasonable price. My question is, would my money be better spent elsewhere? I don’t really care about Atmos but do agree the receiver would be a weak point. It will be changed out in the future, so I’m ok with that for now.
Anyone have any input? Appreciate it!