Having gotten into audiophilia through headphones, I got my first speaker system when i moved in my new apartment earlier this year. I was blown away at how good it sounded given the budget, but i could tell there are certain things that could improve.
I currently have: Smart TV, toslink Digital Output -> Geshelli Labs Enog 2 Pro, RCA to 3.5mm cable -> Aux Input of SMSL AD18 -> Klipsch R-51m Speakers
I bought a Denon AVR-X1600H that’s on sale right now. I have been switching back and forth from the Denon and the SMSL + Geshelli DAC and the Denon is definitely an improvement but its a full blown AV receiver with 7.2 surround and a bunch of features I don’t need since i’m just looking to have a 2 channel stereo setup. So i’ve started looking at integrated amplifiers like the NAD c316bee v2, Cambridge Audio AXA35 and Denon PMA-600NE.
I honestly bought the AV receiver rather impulsively cause it seemed like a good deal and I listened to it at the store and liked it, without really thinking its not REALLY what i’m looking for, like previously mentioned. Although, seeing my use case (this is connected to my Fire TV to watch movies and stream music on TIDAL), it may be a better solution than an integrated amplifier but I don’t really have experience with speaker setups to really know. So given my use case, what do you recommend?
I live in a small apartment so i’m not really looking to have it sound super loud and just looking to keep the setup simple with 2 speakers for now.