Bel 200.4/similar quality preamp.Feasible upgrade?
I've been using a low end Sony ES HT reciever for 10 years now, am very much enamored of the different "soundfields" and such, and use this with two JBL-L65s as mains and two smallish mid 90's vintage Advents as surrounds. I'm on a comparative shoe string budget compared to many so I don't want to run into the problems of the proverbial retail sales manager who scrimps and saves for years to buy a used Ferrari only to find that maintenance costs are far beyond his means. That being said, The Bel 200.4 amp and Bel $2500-ish preamp have caught my eye as something I might consider upgrading to when the Sony wears out. Unfortunately I'm not close to where I can readily audition these and the available data on the net doesn't answer a few questions that I have:
1. Would this set up give me the same sort of soundfields, straight out of the box, that I have with the Sony HT reciever?
2. Does the Bel preamp come with a built in mm phono input or would I need to buy a seperate phono stage?(Just purchased a Music Hall MMF-5 with stock cartridge which I'm crazy about and expect to be using more than digital sources for the forseeable future!)
3. Does this setup seem like a "match made in Heaven" for the L-65s or more like....."well, yeah, it'll sound pretty good but..."? (I can't bring myself to part with these speakers but might consider moving them to surrounds at some point.)