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You cannot do discreet 3.1 with a traditional Integrated Amplifier. An integrated amp does not have the processing necessary to decode discreet/separate HT signal. A traditional integrated amp also does not have 3 channels of amplification to meet your needs for a 3.1 setup.
You are going to need to re-evaluate your criteria. Considering you want 3.1 channels, and you want HDMI and 4K video pass-through, you are likely going to need to stick with a high quality HT Receiver, or an HT Processor and 3 channel amp (or 3 channels of identical amplification).
Reubent this gentleman has everything he needs already.
OP all you need to do is to take the front left and right line level outputs from your Marantz into an analog input of the new integrated amplifier.
You can use one with or without a home theater bypass function.
If the amp has a home theater bybass all you have to do is to select that input on the new integrated amp and then play your theater the same way that you do now.
If the amp does not then all you have to do Is to find the volume that gives you equal levels when doing your calibration. You can contact us if you have any questions on how to do this.
A warmer more full bodied sounding integrated will really make those Triangles sing.
Another way is to run an optical output from the TV to an integrated with a built in dac and in that way the audio for home theater will also be on the system, then the TV must be set to output PCM.
Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
Gryphon Diablo a bit over your price range but might be worth the stretch. And @audiotroy is correct. If your AVR has preamp outs, just hook the front L/R outputs from the Marantz to the HT bypass or any other line-level input, balance the volume to correct level (if no HT bypass), and you're good to go.
Hello hello All,
My apologies for going dark. My Dad passed away a few weeks ago and I’ve been out of the loop for a bit. Thank you for your thinking and contributions.
A few more questions to posit...
What at do you think about room correction for stereo? Is this a good idea or does it mess up the SQ?
Do I want to get a preamp with and integrated streamer or should that be a separate box? I worry that the pace of change in the digital world renders equipment obsolete quickly, unlike analog.
Thanks again for your help and contributing to my ever more costly bad habit.