Looking for Opinions on NAD C372 vs Denon POA-2200 + Denon PRA-1100
Just as the title suggests I am looking for opinions on performance and sound quality( as subjective as that is) from anyone with experience a NAD C372 and/or a Denon POA-2200 + Pre-amp combo. The pre-amp I have with it the Denon PRA-1100.
I bought the Denon because so many people have told me that once you get a dedicated power amp and move away from integrated pieces you really start to hear a difference. To my ears there doesn't seem to be any noticeable difference in what I am hearing, though I have to pain painstakingly switch wires and inputs every time i want to hear the different amp so I am not getting a very direct comparison. My only observation thus far is the Denon seems to run super cool. The NAD while not running hot by any means is noticeably warmer. Aside from that I can't discern any real difference in quality.
I have tested the units with the following speaker pairs: Mirage m190i, Paradigm 5se mkII, and Paradigm Monitor 7 v7. I use tone defeat to bypass any EQ or what have you for any and all listening. None of these pairs have any real heavy power demands and have recommendations that fall well under the power specs of either the NAD at 150wpc ( i think) or the Denon at 200wpc(i think), which as I've gathered is what most people aim to provide their speakers...more power than they need so they can draw as much as they want.
That being said I've driven all these speakers with a Yamaha R-700 from the early 80s. 40wpc but the loudest out of the three amps and i don't notice any sound quality difference there either. That might boil down to the fact that I'm just not ever using more than 40 watts regardless of which amp due to my volume levels...it is a small apartment after all so i guess i just don't need much power to achieve high volume and the low end on these speakers isn't THAT deep...though plenty for most musical minds.
Anyways, that was a bit of a tangent but i wanted to provide some detail as to the scenario. It seems like at least a slight majority of people skew in favor of NAD for musical rendering, but classic Denon power amps get their fair share of reviews, and I myself am at a stalemate. For some reason I want to believe in the Sound quality of NAD, but my ears can't find it, and The Denon combo looks so damn good.
Given the choice between the NAD C372 and the Denon Combo POA-2200 + PRA-1100, which would you choose and why? Perhaps knowing that my next hopeful purchase, and really the reason I am looking for high quality power is because I want to get a pair of Totem Acoustic Sky towers. I'm trying to find an appropriate power source for them, without breaking the bank.