This is my very first post and I am new to Hi Fi but happy to finally be getting into it.
I love music, classic rock, modern rock, EDM/House/Techno, and classical music as well. I'd say I like these genres in roughly that order of priority. I have the following gear right that as of now is not connected or in use:
Bowers & Wilkins CM5 Speakers pair (new anniversary gift)
Phase Linear 400 Series II Amplifier (gift from Dad)
Phase Linear 3000 Series II Pre-Amplifier (gift from Dad)
1. Does the amp/pre-amp do the speakers justice and vice/versa? In other words is this a "matching" system that I often read about people are striving to achieve?
(The cost of me making this system work is just the cost of service and repair of the Phase Gear which I have estimated to be about $300 - $500 USD.)
2. Due to budget constraints the only alternative to the above set-up would be to get the most "musical" AV receiver I can find for $1,000 to $1,200 USD - would you go this route given the cost/mismatch of the existing gear listed above?
(If you think there are 5.1 channel separates to be had for that kind of money that are a decent match to the B&W CM5s please share!)
I know many people will be tempted to simply say - "listen to both options and pick what you like." I am very reluctant to hook up nearly 30 year old gear to new speakers without first getting them serviced. Also, even if I risked it I don't think it would all that useful when the only comparison is that of a Demo room at Best Buy's Magnolia.
Lastly I would like to know what the trained ears of other members have to say, hopefully conscious of the fact that you become a better listener with practice.
I sincerely appreciate your comments and suggestions!