BillD wrote:Two things. I think it would be a mistake to sell the Sunfire 300x2 for an A-760x.
Second, why would you want an HR-772 to use as a tuner/preamp (i.e., not use the amps). If you need a tuner/preamp, why not get a tuner/preamp like a CT-7?
I'd like to go to as much as possible to a "Carver" branded amp to match the 490t, TD-1700, and whatever I end up with as a preamp. Also, I want to get an amp with gain controls, which the 760x has, so when running the Klipsch Chorus II's I have more usable range with the volume control. The combination of Sunfire amp and Chorus speakers gets really loud really quickly. I just sold a pair of Magnepan 2.7's (the 2.7's being the reason I bought the Sunfire) which, efficiency wise, are on the other end of the scale. If I ever get back into Maggies, I believe the 760x will do a decent job on them (with the gains cranked back up!).
The CT-7 would be my other preamp consideration.
I like the HR-772 because it has 6 audio inputs (plus phono) vs 5 (plus phono) on the CT-7. I can use every input I can get.
It has a 5-band tone control vs 3 on the CT-7 (maybe won't matter, but nice to know it's there).
The HR-772 has a larger volume knob which I feel gives me a finer volume adjustment by hand vs the small one on the CT-7, again usefull with the Chorus's.
It may be my imagination, but I think the display characters on the 772 are a bit larger then the CT-7. The total display area is larger so everything's not so cramped on the 772. Older eyes, you know.
I had the HR-772 running the Maggies previously as a preamp and thought it did a decent job, I had no complaints.
Good talking with you BillD.