Drool I have owned an HR-895 Pro-Logic receiver since 1993. It has served me extremely well. The upgrade bug hit recently so I purchased a Phase Technology Teatro Series speaker system for Music/HT use. I also picked up a Monster HTS5100 line conditioner, an Integra DVD changer and misc. Kimber Kables.
For the past several weeks I have been auditioning HT receivers around the $1500 price point, give or take a few hundred bucks, such as Denon 3805, Pioneer Elite VSX-56TXi, Rotel RSX-1056, NAD T763, Arcam AVR250 and on and on. To my dismay, I do not think any of them sound as good in stereo playback than my Carver. Which places me in a conumdrum of sorts. I will not pay $1500+ for something that doesn't sound as good as my 12 y.o. Pro-Logic receiver!
So for the first time ever, I am considering separates. However, this isn't feasible without going to the used market due to my budgetary constraints. I am watching several Carver amps on ebay currently and wondering a few things:
1. What would you recommend for a mid-quality preamp in the $1500-$2000?
2. Does Carver have any 3+ channel amps?
My thoughts were to buy a couple of Carver amps to supply the sound I'm used to from my HR-895 but all I am finding are stereo only, which places me one channel short for 5.1. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Now apparent, I am not well versed with Carver, my receiver is all I know.
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