- Aug 10, 2019
I am interested to hear of peoples opinions as to what is the best way to go on a home cinema set-up. A dedicated AV receiver or a processor and separate amplifier combination. At the moment I have a bit of a hybrid set-up with a Yamaha AX-1 8.2 channel AV Receiver with all its pre-outs running into bridged mono Rotel 980 Power amplifiers. This does mean that all the internal Yamaha amps are disconnected. Do I upgrade the Yamaha with a dedicated processor and retain the 10 Rotels or do I replace it all for a lesser powered but newer integrated receiver? I feel the former is probably best because the Rotels, whilst a few years old were a premium hi-fi product in their time and at 360W each, will never be pushed hard. Additionally with the advent of the new HD audio formats, separate amps offer the flexibility of discrete connection. Any views?