Just to be clear, the preamp sections in virtually all AVRs suck — yes, even yours. Anthem certainly does better than most, but they’re still built to meet very aggressive price targets and parts quality is first in line to get cut, not the least of which is the critical power supply. Nobody but nobody even semi-serious about better 2-channel performance uses any part of an AVR in the signal path, and unfortunately most people don’t realize how silly easy it is to seamlessly integrate a stereo pre and amp into a HT system. Anyway, just my $0.02 FWIW, and best of luck in upping your 2-channel performance.
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