I am redoing my home theater setup and have just purchased the Definitive Mythos ST towers and the Mythos Ten center channel speaker as part of the upgrade process. Currently, I have an older Denon 3801 non-HDMI receiver and I want to update/ upgrade this area of my system as well. Aside from getting some of the newer HD audio technology into my system, I also want to make sure that I take a step forward and ensure this next system is more musical than my last as the system would be used as a source for music and movie sound in equal measure. Given that the Mythos ST base drivers are already powered, would I get any substantial benefit from buying a good integrated stereo amp (was looking at Simaudio i5.3) with a home theater bypass to power my front two ST front speakers (using a modest receiver for HT purposes only) or will a high end receiver from a "music-friendly" manufacturer do the trick for both purposes? Obviously, I know there are cost differences in some of these approaches. Some of the receiver/processor options I've looked at are: receivers like the Pioneer SC-07 (can get a good price on it) the Marantz AV8003 combo and most recently the Yamaha DSP-Z7 and the Arcam AVR600 (perhaps the less expensive AVR500 when it is released). I need to have one system as I live in a condo. I haven't heard the integrated amp setup so I don't have a reference point.
If you can provide any insights, it would be very much appreciated.