I have been saving to buy my first legitimate audio system for a few years now and am finally ready to make a few purchases. Doing the research as to what to buy has been fun but intimidating to say the least.
A friend of mine is really into AV suggested that I veer from a pure audio route and purchase an AV processor. He swears that music through his Integra sounds great, including vinyl.
My budget could include the Integra 80.3, a pair of Vandersteen speakers, and the Emotiva XPA-2 amp.
Reading posts from other audiophiles though makes me nervous. There seems to be serous doubt that I can safely mix the two and many AV guys seems to focus more on the "V" than the "A". If I've always wanted an amazing audio setup, am I bastardizing this dream by bringing video into the mix?
Should I put my $ into a great analog pre instead of one that is devoted to video and audio?
I appreciate your help.