I am fortunate to have two completely separate systems - a dedicated HT that is acoustically pretty dead, and a two channel listening room that is part of a larger living area in our basement. The 2 channel system is all McIntosh.
The HT uses an MX-135 Pre/Pro, all the rest is a mix - Sherborn amplifier, Oppo 95, HTPC, some Behringer amps and equalizers. I don't try and follow the latest and greatest Pre/Pro trends. I'm sending HDMI video straight to the PJ, and running 5.1 analog into the McIntosh. All-in-all sounds pretty good but not up to the level of the 2 channel system. But all the equipment in my HT cost less than my 2 ch speakers!
I do have plan to replace the Sherborn and Behringer amps with McIntosh next year.
My family uses the HT a lot, I mostly listen to 2 channel and pick up a movie a week on average.
"The mountains gleamed around in a hedge of inaccessible purity, from which his eyes fell dazzled to the green depths of the valley;
the whole picture was incomparable, and when he heard the harpsichord's silver monotony across the lotus-pool, he felt that it threaded the perfect pattern of sight and sound. "
From the Book Lost Horizon
Sonus Faber Amati Futura
Proac Response 1sc
Ohm Model F
Nottingham Dias with Ace Space 12" arm with Sumiko Palo Santos Presentation
Rega Planar 3 with Elys
JWC- Sorry to hear about your HT Funk. At least you still love music and if you wanted to you could hook up your 2 channel McIntosh to your TV and watch in stereo. You still have options available to you if you decide to return to HT. At least you are being true to yourself and your audio video feelings.
I like to have the option of two channel and HT. There are certainly times when I enjoy listening to two channel. Certain recordings warrant two channel only and other genres, Sci Fi, can only sound good in HT. I was an old Quadraphonic man way back in the 70s. I might have been one of the first people to concert to Quad. Maybe I just like all the extra equipment that HT requires you to purchase.
McIntosh-MC1.2KWs(4), MC501(1), MX135(2),MT10(2), MVP881BR(1),MEN220(2), Stax SRM007t(1), Stax SRM007ta(1),Stax SRA12S (2), Stax SRDXPro(3), Stax 4070(3), Stax Sigma Pros(2), Stax Sigma Non Pros (4), Headroom Balanced Max Loaded (1), Wadia Ipod Docking Station (3), Cerwin Vega D9s(4), Cerwin Vega CMX 212s (4), Adona Corporation Signature Component Stands (2), Adona Reference Amplifier Stands (4). Sony 70 Inch BR 1080p, AntiCable Speaker Cables (8), PS Audio PPP (2), PS Audio Power Cords(11), Teac 3340s(2), PS Audio Power Plant Premiers(2),Audio Research PH1(1), Sennheiser HD650(1), Sennheiser HD600 (1) Sennheiser HD580(1) Koss Pro4AA(1), Koss Quadraphones(4), Koss Phase2 (1) Koss 5Q(2), Headroom Micro Headphone Portable Amp(2)HP Pavilion Dv7, Ipad2, Tascam ATR 60, Tascam ATR 80.
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