I have been building this system for years. I recently built a new home and December 2017 moved my Audio child in. Even though I had taken acoustics and electrical wiring into construction consideration it was less than I had hoped. It took about 6 months to dial it in and oh boy is it dialed in! This is first ,a highly resolving two channel music system and second, an AV system . While listening to music everything associated with AV is turned off except the 3 channel amp which in turn keeps the center and surround speakers loaded. I've been on this journey for 40 years traveling the world to attend audio shows developing wonderful relationships with dealers and distributors. My tag says " done for now" because sometimes I like to kid myself.
Well, I am a Home Theater nut and just this past Thursday call my “parts department” guru, really, my Home Theater friend, as I have been upgrading for almost 40 years too, to tell him that I wanted to add Tidal to my system so I could start to listen to, and start to learn to appreciate, 2-channel music! A turntable would have to wait until I see if I like 2-channel!
My equipment is:
My front L & R speakers are Golden Ear Reference with my Centre being the best that Golden Ear makes so far, their XXL speaker,
4-in-wall Atmos ceiling and a final 2nd Centre channel in my ceiling above my floor center to help me, at times, hear what is being amplified to the center channel for dialogue.
My amps are:
5-channel Classe CT-5300 running my front 3 & back 2 rear channels
7-channel Emotiva XPA-7, running the other 7 channels
an Oppo UPD-205 4K DVD player
a Marantz pre/pro 8802A
which has the ability, I am told, to stream Tidal with nothing else needed except a tablet to have the Ap downloaded to.
Now, my question to all of your you reading, is what else should I do/purchase to help me get the best sound that my system can be capable of.
Look forward to hearing a few ideas of where to go to help me enjoy 2-channel as much as I enjoy HT, and my movies, which I get through 4K discs, Apple TV, Netflx, and Prime Video.
I was going to add a Bryston DPB-2 to my system but was told that I should not get it at this time, and also that it would not add anything to the music! Comments on this idea too would be helpful.