OK - So I blew my (modest) budget on a pair of Thiel 1.5s. Now I need to drive them. Since I currently have only a bottom-of-the-barrel Yamaha AV receiver (which will NOT be happy with the 4-ohm Thiels), I'm looking at a used AV preamp and stereo power amp off e-Bay. My proposed budget for amplification is about $1,200 TOTAL (preamp AND amp).
Options? In my budget (and needing both some power and current capacity for the Thiels), I may be looking at things like:
Carver, NAD, Rotel, Denon, Outlaw Audio, Adcom, or Yamaha
Would a warm-sounding AVR work with the Thiels if I sent the bass to a subwoofer and didn't ask the poor, wimpy AVR amps to drive below, say 60 Hz? Since my goal here is avoiding solid-state brightness at all costs, what say you gurus? Thanks.