According to some , Audio Control HT receivers and processors would be very good for Two channel music
Another option is to use a high quality 4K Blu-ray player that has a good video processor, good quality 7.1 dacs with 7.1 channel analog outputs, the ability to play cds and has a very good audio section combined with separate amplification for 7 channels.
In other words, a unit similar to the no longer produced Oppo-205 combined with your choice of 7-ch amplifier, or a stereo amp for 2-ch and a 5-ch amp for additional surround channels, that would function just like a very high quality AV receiver but outperform virtually any current AV receiver on HT and 2-ch music audio performance . Currently produced examples of these Blu-ray players would be the Panasonic DP-UB9000, Pioneer UBP-LX800, Sony UBP-X1100ES, Sony UBP-1000ES or Cambridge Audio CXUHD that I'm aware of. The amp or amps would be connected directly to any of these units 7.1 analog outputs. A bonus on using these units would be the addition of very good 4K video processing.
I use a similar setup with a 1080P Oppo-105 for a 5.1 surround and 2-ch music system with two stereo and a pair of mono-block amps that performs very well.
g_nakamoto183 posts06-26-2019 11:41amhi there. i'm not really an audiophile but i have a mcintosh mx132 preamp tuner that i use in a 2 chanell setupwith a mc602 power amp. it sounds fine to me.What, are you kidding? If that puts a smile on your face when you turn it on - you're definitely in the mob. Fugetaboudit...
Depends on how serious you are about 2-channel music. Personally I'd get a good stereo integrated amp or separate stereo amp and preamp and just use the AVR to handle HT processing and power the center/surrounds. If the stereo pre or integrated has a HT bypass feature it's is even easier (but not necessary) to combine the two systems into one where the AVR is completely out of the signal chain for 2-channel.