I think this post belongs in the "Home Theater" section, not the "Speakers" section.
Anyway, if I were shopping for a pre-pro that supports HDMI 1.3 and the new lossless surround formats, I would take a good listen to the new Outlaw 997:
Go for a 2 channel integrated that can be used in HT bypass mode.
If your B&K has a pass through I'd recommend buying a dedicated 2-channel pre for music. I've tried some very high end processors (Meridian 861 was my last) and none of them compare to a quality dedicated pre.
Hey there, I would strongly recommend the Krell Showcase. I have demoed many, and found the Krell to do a phenomenal job in 2ch. stereo. Not to mention it has a built-in digital EQ for room correction if needed. For what you can get one used for it is a no brainer. Goodluck!
Doesn't the B&K have a direct mode? Anthem & Sunfire have one and its great. Personally, I'd try different amps first?
Does the Mcintosh MX132 trump them all?
If you are really particular about your analog sources, you will want to use an analog preamp with an HT passthrough with any of the pre/pros so far suggested. That is the only way to retain analog purity while having access to the latest, necessary doo-dads for HT and for MCH audio.
I agree with Elevick. I would keep the HPA-3 for the center and rears and get a nice two channel amp for the mains. I'm not sure if the B&K has an analog pass through, but if it does, I would connect the CDP to take advantage. There are a few very affordable two channel amps on the 'gon. I would recommend something from BAT. I own the VK-6200 and it is the best amp I've had in my system, and I used five tube monos before I went with the BAT. You could get a VK-200 or a VK-220, the newer model, for anywhere from $1200 to $1795. Either of these amps will give you considerably better two channel performance then the Proceed amps you currently use. I hope this helps.......John
Get a good transparent pre-amp to put between your processor and front L+R channel amplifiers.
Connect your CD system to one of the inputs, and your processor to another set of the inputs. Then connect the outputs to your front L+R channel amplifiers.
You now have your processor for multichannel sources and a pure two channel system in one.
Only hassle is setting the volume to zero gain when you select the processor input.
"Only hassle is setting the volume to zero gain when you select the processor input."
Not a hassle since most modern preamps have an HT bypass setting or input.
Thanks everybody, Special thanks to Elevick for the direct mode suggestion. Made quite a difference, so after this change Ive determined that its not the processor but he cd player or cables that are an issue. I cant buy a new amp guys. I like the Proceed HPA 3, and need the power to drive the Aerial LR5's, they are power hungry. I like the combo. My current cdp is Arcam 92T, and I am using MIT shotgun s3 cables from cdp to Pre/Pro and Shotgun s2 from amp to Pre/Pro and Shotgun s3 speaker cables. There is some continuity.
I am looking for a warmer smoother sound. I am considering McIntosh MCD 201, Meridian G06 or G08, I sure could use some other recommendations. Do I upgrade the cd player or the cables to the MIT shotgun s1. I am at a crossroads on where my money will be best spent.
Thanks all my fellow audiophiles!!
A 2 channel (tube) preamp with a HT bypass switch (although not necessary to have the switch/just use the volume control) is sage advice.
I run an Outlaw 950 for HT and a Rouge 99 Mag with HT bypass for stereo and works like a charm........
you married? The HT bypass is a mandatory thing for me as it is so easy for the wife and kids to use for movies etc. The vol control is a little more involved.
I went from a krell hts to a marantz av 8003, I was never really satisfied with either, I am now using a classe ssp 600 witch imo took everything to a higher level, the japeneese pre pro's just don't compare to the sound quality of the classe, good luck
If your budget allows it I would strongly suggest you Denon AVP-A1HDCI.
It replaced my beloved B&K red 50 and never regreted it for a moment. The avp does lots of things and it does them extremely well, including analog, and it is future proof.
Did I mentioned audyssey calibration?