The Insignia looks like a great deal at this price and it even has a phono stage and the reviews are positive. I'm thinking I'll try one to drive an outdoor system. If it doesn't work as anticipated there's always the no questions asked return policy at Best Buy.
Pass Labs X250 amp, Pass X-1 Preamp
Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
Van Alstine Ultra Hybrid Tube Preamp and Ultra Hybrid Tube DAC
Martin Logan Original Dynamo Sub
Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
Music Hall 25.2 CDP
Adcom GFR 700 AVR
Cables- Silnote, BJC
Velodyne CHT 8 sub
I have one of those receivers, and my son has a Sherwood. The backs are the same, and each remote control works with the other brand. So, they are made in the same factory,or they use the same design. The Insignia receiver is good for the money. Peace and goodwill.
"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
Well I bought it and tried it with the outdoor Axioms for a few days. Sadly it didn't compare very well to my 36 year old garage sale Marantz even with it's bulging caps. I returned the Insignia to BB for a refund.
I agree with a new cap job on the Marantz or try to find a Yamaha or Onkyo integrated amp which I know would make the Axioms sound good. If you listen to FM radio then a receiver would be better and if HT is no interest with this unit then I would look at some of the older used receivers out their. When they get past their prime as far as technology concerns they loose resale value quickly and you might be able to score one of these on the cheap that has the sound quality and current that you want for these speakers.
yamaha htr5560 receiver (HT)
Nu Force P8 Preamp (2 channel)
Pass Labs X150.5(2 channel)
Adcom 545 mk2 power amp(rear channel amp)
Dynaudio audience 60 mains
Dayton 8" HO custom sealed subwoofer(2 channel)
Yamaha NS-c444 center channel
Emotiva ERD-1 surround speakers
JBL e250p subwoofer highly modified
Samsung 46" LED TV
OPPO BDP-83 blue ray/multi format player
ps-audio NuWave dac (2 channel)
Dell I660 music server running fidelizer windows 8 audio optimizer
PS Audio Quintet power center
I'll probably get the Marantz recapped. I've tried tube amps and high powered t-amps with the outdoor Axioms but nothing so far has the synergy of the old Model 1150. It could be the 50 ft run of 12 gauge speaker wire but nothing else sounds as good.
I feed the Marantz from a SACD changer and a FM tuner when I want to catch a ball game on the porch.