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New Streamer, DAC or Let it Be
Emotiva and Parasound amplifiers sound extremely different from each other (especially compared to the A-series), so you should have heard a big change (ignoring preference) when you switched over to it?  
Dual purpose amp
As long as your amplifier has an input selection switch, you can have them both connected and also sending a signal, and switch between inputs. Two caveats: Depending on the amplifier's circuitry, you may get noise or signal bleed from the uns... 
Bryston BP-17 cubed or Benchmrk LA4 Preamp
@kevemaher will PM you.  
Bryston BP-17 cubed or Benchmrk LA4 Preamp
Both the Benchmark LA4 and Bryston BP-17^3 are designed to be reference-oriented devices. So things like frequency response, etc. will be very similar. The noise floor on the LA4 is lower. The BP-17^3 has more inputs and outputs, plus a headphone ... 
Streaming Curious
I'd like to renew the discussion a bit and focus more on where I'd want to look to get similar SQ to my vinyl setup. For analog sound, I agree you're going to have to spend more and look a little farther afield. Adding this component makes it n... 
Turntable Cartridge upgrade question.
is there any other brand worth looking in to ?  @ssg308 sorry, I didn't see your question until now. But yes, there are lots of other good cartridges and brands, but it's more of a known quantity to move up an Ortofon model line given you like ... 
Streaming Curious
The Bluesound Node is a decent inexpensive starting point to try streaming, but its user interface is just one of many options so the sound quality and user experience, which are the two most important parts of a streamer, aren't necessarily going... 
Turntable Cartridge upgrade question.
@ssg308 yes, moving from the MM 2M Black to the MC Quintet Black S will provide a noticeable improvement in sound quality. I expect you will be able to immediately hear the improvement through your Mani 2.  
Turntable Cartridge upgrade question.
Why not upgrade from the 2M Black to an Ortofon Quintet Black S? You'll get refinement across the board, including greater detail retrieval, and can have confidence you're getting a quality cartridge that is backed with reliable and high-quality c... 
DAC/Streamer/PreAmp
+1 for Lumin. The build quality is outstanding, with great attention to detail. Designed to be compatible with a lot of different integration and control options. A wide range of features. And of course incredible sound quality. Plus super great s... 
B&W 805 D4: which 5 channel power amp should I go with (home theater): Parasound or Rotel
@candyisdandy the extra headroom is usually nice. The volume difference between 180W and 250W isn't much. But the A 51's current capacity is higher, and that can translate into audible improvements even a the same volume, given that the B&W sp... 
sound streamer / receiver
@krams perhaps the Meridian HD 621 does not support the audio codecs you are using, from your HDMI source. It was introduced quite a long time ago. There is a newer Meridian UHD722 but I suspect you might need the Meridian 271 with one of the proc... 
B&W 805 D4: which 5 channel power amp should I go with (home theater): Parasound or Rotel
Do power amps help with brightening or warming the sound of speakers that are pretty much bright? Like if I wanted a warmer sound which one of these amps would be warm sounding if that's a thing? @candyisdandy I'd recommend the Parasound A-mode... 
sound streamer / receiver
The Trinnov Altitude 16 with the latest HDMI 2.1 board will accept 8K and can output digital over optical or coaxial for some of the channels. Otherwise I think Meridian is expecting you to use their controller with Trinnov, Datasat, or Storm Aud... 
B&W 805 D4: which 5 channel power amp should I go with (home theater): Parasound or Rotel
Those Parasound and Rotel models are going to sound different from each other. Hard to know which would be a better match for what you're looking for. What would you say are your top goals from the sound reproduction of the amplifier?