I am not bothering to read the rest of the thread so sorry if I offend.

I tried Yamaha, Pioneer, Onkyo, Marantz and found all of them gave me more of a meh sound that could not wave a stick towards the sound I got from a really old Nakamichi AV1. I tried plugging in different levels of external amps, and that also didn't make any difference.

I eventually gave up and went with the advice of someone here (name alludes me) who is in BC I think. He bought an Anthem and loved it. So I sad F!-it, and just shelled out the cash. I wish I would have done it long ago and saved myself the agro of all the other experiments and time, driving, buying and selling to get no gain.

Anthem just made it sound WOW.

Anthem: AVM60, Fosi DAC-Q5
Axiom: ADA1000, LFR1100, QS8, EP500, M3, M3comp, M5
AudioSource: Amp One/A