what do you find lacking in the sound anand - power / certain qualities etc etc. i wouldnt suggest adding on a power amp to your set up. power amps tend to target a higher end of the market and it will be difficult to find something that will exceed the yamaha in that price range (unless theres an indian brand which im not familiar with). your option could be to sell the yamaha and buy another avr.
anand consider this if your listening to music/movies is 50:50. instead of investing in surround sound think of a good 2.0 system. the sound quality for the same budget will be MUCH better. if youre more into movies then stick to surround sound
'Would be'? Does it mean you have not yet got these units?
Anand, the combination of 980, Yamaha 663, and Wharfedale 9.2 should give you excellent music even from a Redbook CD. I have been listening to the Yamaha 663 with a Pioneer 610 DVD Player, and the music is really good. I am sure the Oppo 980 will only improve the sound from the system.
If need be you can bi-amp the Wharfedales 9.2 using the Yamaha 663.
I fail to see how any amp in the 20K bracket can improve the sound from this system combination. If you are looking for a qualitative jump in sound quality, you must look at a CD Player, a dedicated 2 channel amp, and maybe even more expensive speakers.
See how you can extract more quality from the Oppo/yamaha/Wharfedale combination. Look at manageable things such as better cables, better interconnects, good stands for the 9.2s, and maybe even a small investment on your room acoustics. These will go a long way in improving the sound quality than any amplifier that you can get.
i have auditioned marantz/nad/denon/norge. norge1000 around 9K with 125W power seems to be ok , loooking at the price as well. i am trying to listen to sonodyne as well. being indian amps theses are more affordable. but one need to listen for a considerable time before taking the plunge.
just let me know if u get to audition sonodyne amp.
i have shortlisted for my use norge/sonodyne/sherwood amps.these amps must be around 10K. i have auditione only norge so far.