Improving stereo sound for Yamaha 2092

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  1. Mike Estoup

    Mike Estoup Auditioning

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    I am currently running a Yamaha 2092 receiver to drive my home theater system. I am completely satisfied with the 2092 for home theater, don't miss the absence of DTS, and my room can't accommodate 6 or 7 channel speaker formats. I would like to improve the 2-channel stereo performance of my system and would like to ask the group for opinions on the best way to do this. I really had to grovel at home to build the system that I have, so I really need to try to minimize upgrade costs (would need to limit to around $1500). My speaker set-up includes:

    Mains - Paradigm Reference Studio 60
    Center - Paradigm Ref Studio CC
    Rears - Paradigm Ref SA-25 inwalls
    Sub - Paradigm PS-1000

    Options that I have considered include:

    1) trying to pick-up a used Krell KAV-300i integrated amp and using it for my 2-channel system, while using it to drive the mains for HT using the theater through-put. I am not sure how its amplification would mate with the 2092 or the Studio 60's however. Does anyone else make an integrated amp with a theater through-put like the Krell ? This seems to be the most attractive, cost effective option. Has anyone else done this ?

    2) pickup a quality 2-channel amp for the mains, and using the Yamaha as a prepro & to drive the Center & surrounds. Would this improve 2-channel performance significantly.

    3) integrate a 5-channel amp and use the 2092 as a prepro (again, would this significantly improve 2-channel performance).

    4) Sell the 2092 (if I can) & start over (least desirable option). If I did this, I would prefer a mid-priced AV receiver that excels with 2-channel music, add an outboard 5 channel amp when I can, then ultimately pick-up a dedicated AV processor and move the receiver to the bedroom for music.

    I would be interested in any and all thoughts on how to best improve my system performance.

    Thanks in advance,

    Mike.
     
  2. Shane Martin

    Shane Martin Producer

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    What about the Yamaha do you not like for 2 channel music? Is it bright? too bright? No soundstage?

    Have you messed with speaker placement? This is a cheap way to maximize your 2 channel performance.

    You could try buying an external amp and that might be the trick.

    An External Dac would be a nice improvement too however I'd lean towards a new amp or replacing the yamaha first if speaker placement is optimized.

    To me, Yamaha's are very bright sounding and replacing the the amp and using the Yamaha as a pre isn't your best solution. Then again You may prefer Yamaha's signature sound and thus an external amp is the way to go.
     
  3. Mike Estoup

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    I can't really put my finger on what is missing. Sound is on the "bright" side but not overly so. I would like a more "fuller" sound and an enhanced soundstage.

    Thoughts ?
     
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