I am putting together an inexpensive system for my living room. 100% audio, will run a CD player, tuner, ipod dock and a turntable eventually. An MM amp will be just fine and I would prefer a subwoofer output. I am powering a set of B&W M1s with a Mirage Omni S8 sub. My nominal budget is ~$500 and would like to see about 80w of power into 8ohms. I was looking at the Yamaha A-S500. Any thoughts on the Yamaha and any other suggetions?
Harman Kardon HK3490. Substantial power, flexible inputs, subwoofer output, a decent DAC, and a passable MM phono stage. They often come up for sale for around $300; looks like they are backordered most places right now at $449 though.
and have more questions. The HK3490 seems hugely popular and gets solid reviews and a few places have them in stock. The real question is whether I am making a smart decision looking at this entry point device. My gut tells me I should be spending about the same amount of money on my power source/integrated amp as I did on the speakers which is approximately $900 including the sub. Am I wrongminded in thinking that and would I be overspending with a slightly higher end amp? Will the difference be noticeable through those B&W M-1s?
That would have me looking at the REGA Brio R, the Marantz PM 8004, the Yamaha A-S 700 and the NAD 356 BEE. I am really torn between those 4 as I have very favorable experience or history with all four companies / brands.