You have presented a great question here......I recently debated what to do myself with sound quality and getting to hear what I want to hear from my system. I have a set of Sonus Faber Grand Pianos (love them!) But I said to myself "somethign is missing" I thought about getting a larger amp in 2 channel from the company that made my surround amp (Rotel) or getting a larger surround amp from Rotel, or starting fresh. I went with starting fresh, and ended up using 2 Classe CA101's is a mono configuration. What this did was provide me with enough power, current and controll to roll into the volume knob with out distorting. With less than 5 hrs on the amps, I started to hear details and such that I had not experienced ever before. I am a huge fan of buying a quality 2 channel or even better (if your budget or wife will allow) 2 mono amps. A set of Classe 101's will run you approx 3000 to 3200 bucks, and It will out perform a 2 channel amp rated at 2x300 from the same company. A set of mono's will give you a much greater reduction in noise, a huge increase in controll, and in many instances 2 smaller amps will save you money over 1 large one.
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