Stereo to Surround, Why? How? How Much?
Turning your stereo system into surround isnt always as easy as you think.
There you are with an Arcam or Linn stereo amp and 2 good speakers and all you need to do is change your amp and add some more speakers. Right?
While you are right, it is that simple, often people dont understand that doing that while retaining or improving the quality you are used to isn't at all simple.
Here are some examples of surround systems with 'proper speakers' that also sound great for music
Don't forget though that there are also really great stereo systems that can route your video HDMI signals and sound brilliant through just 2 speakers. Currently my cinema at home is running a Linn Akurate system in stereo, no centre, no sub, no rears, but awesome sound!
So what are the solutions?
Depends where you are, what you have, and the budget.
To start a new system here are some options for you, £2000-3000
We loved the Marantz NR 1607/8, and the new NR1609 is even better, it is brilliant value.
We use it with satellite, bookshelf and floorstanding speakers and it sounds really really good
Match with a Kef package bookshelf fronts Q350/Q650/Q150/Kube or floorstanding fronts, Q550, and there is an offer for either full Kef package
Marantz NR 1609, Kef Q350,Q650,Q150,Kube10 £ 2809 for £ 2299
Marantz SR6013, Kef Q550, Q650, Q150, Kube10, £ 3678 for £ 2999
Going further? £ 3000-10000
Move up to the next level with a specialist amplifier such as the marvellous Anthem range, now on dem, and the whole system becomes clearer, punchier, and also better for music. Most people have Jap amps and never get to hear something this good so if you are serious about having a great cinema you need to check these out
Speakers should also be upgraded, the Kef R series are a wonderful match for better amplifiers
Anthem MRX 520, Kef T305 , £ 3345 for £ 3199
Anthem MRX 520, Kef R5, R2c, T101, T Sub, £ 5395 for £ 4999
Arcam AVR550 ATMOS Kef R5, R2c, R3, R8a , R400, £ 8649 for £ 7999
Arcam AVR850 ATMOS Kef R7, R2c, R3, R8a, R400, £ 11045 for £9999
Going even further? We have more options Ring for a chat