Newbie asks help: Receiver or separates?

agidol

Auditioning
Joined
Nov 4, 2006
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4
Real Name
Steve
Hi, I'm kind of new in HT world and I have this question. I'm fairly satisfied with my receiver but I'm wondering if I will have noticeable (not imaginary)sound improvement by getting a separate power amp. My current set up is as follows:
Yamaha RXV730 receiver (75watts per channel)
Paradigm studio 60s, studio CC, and 20s as surrounds
Sony 200 Disc CD changer

I do 60/40 movie/music (mostly Jazz, some rock)
My volume level is not super loud -- it maxes out around -36db so sonic clarity rather than sheer output is more important to me.

Someone told me I can look into Adcom GFA5500 or 5503 which drives 200 watts per channel and within my budget of say $500 if I buy used on eBay.

So in order to improve my set up (which sometimes sound a little flat) should I invest $500 in a used amp or should I improve something else such as CD player? Any help is greatly appreciated.
 

Paul_Dunlop

Second Unit
Joined
Nov 28, 2001
Messages
318
I would say yes to the external amp, since you are using Paradigm Studio's

Maybe get a 3 channel that will drive the 'front end' and leave your surrounds on the Yamaha

I think this would be a big improvement, not a small one
 

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