If the T747 has tape outputs you could run those into an AUX input on the Arcam and then use the volume control on the Arcam. It should be simple enough.
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The pre-amp section of the Arcam integrated would certainly sound better with a good quality source than the pre-amp section of the T747 Receiver. I have owned the same T747 receiver myself, and any Arcam integrated amp will sound better than the T747 does by a long shot, unless you don't like to hear detail, dynamics and clarity in your music....
I bought the 747 because: one, I wanted to be able to use it for watching movies and two, the input selector on the arcam doesn't work anymore. It will work for a while and then the sound will just drop out. When I spray deoxidizer on it that helps but never solves the problem. I was thinking of buying a NAD C275 power amp and running the front speakers off that. Do you think that will improve the sound quality from the 747 or do you think my best bet is to buy another integrated(used). Unfortunately, my budget for that would be less than a 1000, ideally even less than that, as I want to first buy a totem storm sub and center channel.
Alternative, buy a used NAD c272 and see what that does for you. Rainmakers well powerd can have some very strong bass. Trading the 747 for one of the bigger NAD receivers or one from another mark could also help. Adding a subwoofer to an underpowered system will not increase overall enjoyment in my opinion.
Thanks for the help Unfortunately, the only switch is for AV operation or normal operation. As far as fixing the switch I asked two places and they both said it would probably be a few hundred dollars. Having said that I have only listened to the totems through the arcam once and although I liked the dynamics/energy(my terminology may be faulty)the highs seemed harsh compared to the NAD. I am going to try this weekend to rehook up the totems to the arcam - I live in apt in NY and my wife is sick so trying it out right now is not an option. I might post this on the home theater section since my interest is 50 50 but I am wondering what people would do to improve this system if they had 2500 to spend. I should say I listen to mostly rock and most of my music is digital. thinking of building a music server with a mac mini.
The Rainmakers deserve much better than the 747. There are several options but 1. get a better AV receiver - any of these in the $1500-$2000 range will drive the Rainmakers adequately:
Marantz SR 7005
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A2000
NAD T 775
Rotel RX 1550
Denon AVR 4311CI
AV receivers are getting better - more, cleaner power and better isolation of digital parts from analogue parts - not to separates level, but tremendous value because the competition is so fierce (too bad there isn't this same level of focus on 2 channel integrated amps, but that is another story).
This should leave $1k to $500 for 2. a digital set up. Assuming you alredy have a mac mini, you could spend the remainder on a new dac, the new iDAC from Peachtree was well reviewed, and Wavelength and Musical Fidelity have new DACs out as well. The Trusty Cambridge Audio could serve as well.
Another approach is to dump all your investment in a higher end receiver with a quality USB DAC, more power and better preamp section.
I suggest you look at:
Arcam AVR 400
Anthem MRX 700
listen before you buy.
You could try it, it would definitely control the speakers as long as you are happy with the pre-section in the 747. I am not sure how the C275BEE measures up next to the C272, but I have heard the latter with some decent Triangle and Dynaudio speakers and thought it sounded very good (with NAD C162 pre). The older model amp can be found used for well under five hundred bucks, and the newer one used or refurbished for under $700. The C275BEE should sound at least as good as the C272 and probably better given the upgrade I noticed from the C372 to the C375BEE integrated. If this works for you, you would have extra resources for other gear.