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Thank you for ideas so far.
Googling around for these candidates, it seems some were released before they even had component video inputs?
I am not hung up on the latest inputs (HDMI?)or switching, but do plan to also use multiple video inputs, where I would at least like to use component video inputs for HD TV.
The main thing is trying to get away from the home theatre in a box receiver format, which I assume uses cheap amplifiers and might defeat the purpose of higher resolution Magnepans.
I don't think I understand the latest codecs, or all the gee whiz surround sound processing....would just like good quality, in the spirit of 2 channel audio but with the extra channels for a more immersive sound when seated at a desk with multiple computer screens and television monitors.
Maybe not quite cheap as dirt, but I just found an old review of the Magnepan home theatre speakers where the reviewer was raving about magical sound and sound stage which came from a Cayin TA-30.
I have always used tubed preamps but have never had tube power amps due to Magneplanar's reputation for being so power hungry.
But given the low volume and more nearfield set up for this application, could anyone recommend the Cayin, or another reasonably priced amp for tube magic in the front channels?