I quit Home Theatre a year ago to free some space for the rack. My plan was to focus on Stereo, believing that good stereo could compensate the missing 3.1 channels. Of course, I was wrong.
No matter how good your stereo is, it can not replace a mid price AV amp and the other 4 speakers.
After moving back to my home when renovation is done, I bought this Marantz NR1606. It is the samllest proper av amp in the market. I thought the sound will be inferior to my old Pioneer, but I was wrong. The sound is great!! And I hook up a pair of front height spk (no I cannot accept atmos ceiling spk), and a pair of surround spk, with the pre-out connected to my stereo, the sound is awesome! The sound efffect is very very good.
What a surprise. If you wish to find a small av amp, dont want to spend too much or occupy too much space in the living room, this is your answer.