I am looking to replace an older receiver that I use only for stereo playback. It is rated at 100W into 8-Ohm speakers, and I would like to stay with a similar spec. The speakers have 15" woofers, and can handle most of the low-freq stuff. I may replace these later with a 2.1 setup, but for now, I am just focusing on the power section.
I would like to get better audio and smaller, if possible. I would like support for 2 to 3 playback sources, preferably with at least one digital/optical input, and at least one rca/analog.
The optical source would be a TV/Blu-ray input...no big home theater setup in this room, but would like nicer sound vs the TV speakers. I would like the ability to mix the sub channel into the L-R channels, if I do not have a sub attached.
The analog connection would be a Bluetooth link to whatever other audio device...laptop, mp3 player, etc. The ability to low-pass the stereo input into the sub channel if I should one day go to a 2.1 setup would be another nice-to-have.
Particularly, given the size goal, are discrete pre-amp + stereo or 2x mono amps an option? If so, recommendations? If it is better to focus on integrated solutions, are there recommendations there?
Budget is ideally less than $500, but I can go above that for the "right solution".