Greetings everyone, I am planning some upgrades to my now 14 year old system. I use it for music 75% of the time in a 2.1 configuration and movies/TV in 5.1 25% of the time. Currently everything is controlled and powered by my Denon AVR-2105. The plan was to upgrade the speakers, update to a newer AVR with up to date surround format support and trigger out, and add a dedicated 2-channel class A/B amp for the main speakers to take some load from the AVR. However, I recently learned that the analog inputs in most AVRs re-digitize the signal and process it again, even in Direct mode. It never dawned on me before but it makes sense now that I think about how the AVR is integrating the subwoofer with digital crossovers. So during this past week I compared the inputs I had been using (which re-digitize the signal and run through the internal DAC) with the multi-channel inputs (which do not). This of course meant no subwoofer in the analog circuit as there's no crossover control on mine (simply an LFE input, phase and gain controls). So with speakers set to Large and subwoofer off, using my CD transport and a Modi Multibit DAC, I listened to several songs over the span of a few days from different albums and eras. I sensed a subtle but palpable difference in favor of the straight analog signal path, and this is with my current modest speakers. This leads me to want to pursue a purer analog 2-channel experience without losing out on the lower bass frequencies for some of the modern music I listen to. I don't think any of the main speakers in my budget ($1k/pair or less) are quite full range enough to forgo a sub altogether, so herein lies my dilemma. Unless there is a solution out there I'm not aware of. I've recently learned about stereo integrateds with a HT bypass mode. This seems like a great idea. But what of the subwoofer? Are there high quality integrateds with analog circuitry for adjustable crossovers to properly integrate a subwoofer, which won't break the bank? (I'm thinking three figures, not four here.) I haven't found any yet. One of my goals is to keep my system simple and easily switchable between HT use and music use. To that end, a solution to sending signal to the subwoofer in both scenarios is ideal. What say the experts? Am I looking at a worthwhile pursuit for music or is it a red herring and I should stick to my original, simpler plan? Is my Denon AVR-2105 giving me a false sense of analog superiority with a particularly poor A-D-A conversion process on the standard inputs? It didn't sound bad before, but now that I know that there's an improvement to be had it's hard to ignore. I'm less concerned about HT performance here, as it has been satisfactory and it's less of my focus. Side note, I had a Marantz SR-7009 for 3 days recently and although it seemed to present better low end bass extension than my old Denon, the Marantz sounded thin and clinical to my ears. The Denon had a warmer more pleasant presentation without losing any appreciable clarity. I know that this goes against internet wisdom. Perhaps some things from D&M have changed in the past dozen years. Age-wise, this wasn't an apples to apples comparison. Thinking of trying a Yamaha AVR next. I've been happy with my Denon but it's out of date and I'm not sure the newer ones are at the same quality level based on what I read.