Have rec'd numerous suggestions from Arcam to Sunfire to you name it---Ideas? I want something warm for the system--not cold, lifeless digital---like some of the Pioneer or Onkyo or Denon products I have audtioned--I am used to vintage equipment and sound quality---your thoughts? I want great audio, but also something that will work well into the future for the video side of things (I haven't a clue about this video thing--will be running a Pioneer Elite Plasma)-- thanks
11-14-09: Mikelavigne i have a 4 year old Rotel RSX-1056 Reciever in my family room used as sound for my 50" Fujitsu Plasma; it's powering a pair of Dynaudio Audience 52SE speakers. you can see what my reference for sound quality is by clicking on my 'system'. i have a separate 2-channel room as well as a dedicated Home Theatre room with a 10' wide screen.
this Rotel reciever is only rated at 75 watts per channel; but it will drive all 5 channels at the rated power continuously and not get too hot and shut down. when listening to TV thru the Rotel and Dynaudio speakers i am frequently very surprised at the really terrific sound i get......very transparent, lively, and natural.....with lots of slam and pop. very much like what i hear on the 'big rig'.
the Rotel looks like a million bucks, is built like a tank, and is very heavy. very classey for $1199 msrp.
i would very highly recommend any Rotel reciever or amp as one of the very best bang-for-the-buck for high quality sound. in 4 years the reciever has never given me a moments concern.