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In Reply to: RE: Gave up on HT... posted by ABliss on January 06, 2022 at 16:01:28
It's good reading this thread.... now I can stop shopping for an AV processor.
I've been thinking about this for years and couldn't get comfortable with how to do HT in conjunction with an all tube 2 channel. Anyway, I like the two channel AV. The center channel images very nicely. I also use subs which help a lot.
My only complaint is clocking too many hours on my good output tubes. So, I'm going to get an el84 amp to use for AV duties. I can use Russian equivalent output tubes at just a few bucks a piece. The mono amps sit next to the speakers so switching the speaker cables is an easy task. el84's have a punchy and a wonderfully forward mid-range that emphasizes the voice spectrum. Which fixes the problem with having to turn up the volume to hear the dialogue which makes everything else too loud. I think it's the perfect AV tube amp.
Its such a relief, no clutter, no remembering how to switch from one system to the other, just simplicity.
I also have tube mono blocs which I roll out now and then for a change from my solid state amp, but I have not heard el84s.
I don't think anyone mentioned this but no AV Processor also means one gets to use their DAC of choice. Which ads to a very pleasant and non fatiguing experience. In my case, there's a really nice holographic, clear and dynamic presentation.
But before this thread I kept thinking about missing the bullets coming form behind, or the jet screaming past. I'll get over it pretty quickly when I think about not spending $2g's on the most minimalist, used, "last years" format, Processor and running cable through the walls and adding 4 more speakers and trying to figure out what format to play with what video etc, etc..
I have a separate DAC that I use with my Denon AVR for 2-channel music . If you have one or more digital sources connected to your DAC, there is no reason that you can't use your own DAC with an AVP or AVR.
I don't miss the planes flying overhead either.
I'm going to hook it all up with 2CH, and play some movies. See if I miss the whiz bam boom. In the meantime my surround receiver is on the floor behind my speaker, and the rear speakers are just sitting there...
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