Separate amp with an avr


Hello to everyone. My question is this. In my bedroom I have a Marantz SR 5010. Can I add an external amp to this receiver for the purpose of supplying power to the main speakers, Paradigm S2. Would it make any difference at all? Just wondering if "better" power to the mains for music and movies, would allow the Marantz more breathing room? The amps in the Marantz are fine, but the Paradigm's use more juice than the Def tech studio 55's that were the mains before. Thankx in advance for any ideas. Just thinking out loud!

arthurd
Yes you can add an amp to your setup and it most likely will improve on a few things provided that the amp you add is of better quality than the Marantz's onboard amps.  It will take some of the load off of the Marantz power supply which will allow more power to go to the remaining Marantz amp channels.

How much improvement is tough to determine without more specifics.

Bill
a better amp to the mains can make a big difference
Since the Marantz is a decent avr, what dollar ballpark would fit the bill for an amp. Remember this 5.1 setup is in my bedroom. The sky is not the limit. I realize their are many possibilities but a $3000-4000 amp is not reasonable so dial it back. Paradigm s2 fronts, def tech studio 55 back, svs sb1000 sub and old celestion center. I also have to meet wife approval. HA. Thankx to all.

used Odyssey Khartago, under $600
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when I substituted a 120 watt Parasound amp for the front channels of my 120Wx5 Onkyo AVR, the differences were quite significant...seems you need to borrow an amp and try as we all have different thoughts/experience with this...

Find a used 2-channel 125w/ch+ B&K, Parasound, Anthem, Acurus, etc for less than $500.00 and you should be good to go.

Bill

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Thank you all. I will give everything a try. I think Mr. Reynolds has a good idea about biwiring. Also a friend has an Anthem amp. I can try it out. All this was a thought. All things to consider.