Newbie here. Just found the time to sign on and can say after a few minutes, I appreciate already the intelligence and civility of the discussions here.
Anywhoo...wanted to pose a somewhat theoretical question for any reviewer who might like to pose some thoughts, as my searches didn't turn up any direct answers.
I'm finally thinking seriously of going to the dark side (surround sound) and have just recently sold an upgraded Counterpoint 5000 preamp to begin funding the project. Since this is my primary music system, I'm vitally interested in its over all sound, but I'm wondering if five (or six) speakers may overcome some of the limitations of current $2k A/V receivers as compared to 2 speakers and higher end stereo components of ten years ago. Or am I kidding myself?
I've been listening to said Counterpoint gear (SA-5000, an NPS 200 and later, a 75w Parasound) for several years now and have been happy with the sound. I listen in a nearfield setting to some Signet floorstanding speakers from about a decade ago, as well. If I switch to a surround sound setup, my budget will probably limit me to a $2k receiver, so I'm thinking in terms of the Arcam DIVA receivers, the big Rotel A/V receiver, or the Marantz 8002/number of the month receiver coupled to 5 LSA Monitor 1 speakers.
So I guess my question is: how good is the sound, given the dynamic limitation of 5, 6, or 7 amplifiers being driven by one transformer, from today's A/V receivers when compared, say to some of the best equipment you've auditioned from the past fifteen years?
And if the quality of the sound from the electronics is not as good as sound from the quality/expensive components of the last decade, is there the possibility to achieve an overall listening experience with the surround components, in an audio-only environment, that will overcome some (hopefully enough) of the differences? I think I'm searching primarily for insight concerning the equipment's ability to resolve the lows and the highs accurately; it seems from everything I've read, all of these units get the midrange pretty close to right. And I've got to assume that the surround systems provide an amazing soundstage - am I off base here as well?
Thanks in advance...