Looking at getting a UPA and umc200 to replacement my old avr Yamaha
Is the UPA alot better than most avr amps
It's a family room theater , TV and Dali speakers ikon series
In my experience, I've found that separate components sound better than AVRs. Some will disagree and that's fine. The level of improvement can also depend on other factors like speakers, the room acoustics, and the recording itself.
I bought a UPA-500 last summer to upgrade from an aging Denon AVR that strained when driving several speakers at higher volumes. The UPA-500 blew the Denon AVR into the middle of next week. It was literally night and day difference with my speakers and my room. I already knew what separates could do (I owned a XDA-1 and mini-X), but I desperately needed to upgrade the HT. The UPA-500 was the ticket. The AVR sounded anemic compared to the UPA-500. Finally, no more strain, plus tighter and deeper bass.
The UPA-700 is a great way to kick off the obsession enjoyment with higher-quality audio. It's a fantastic amp with great performance and even better value. The UMC-200 and UPA-700 will be a great combination.
I just recently bought the UPA 700 to replace my Yamaha RX-v 596. I still use the Yamaha as a pre-amp for the UPA though. The sound difference is incredible, night & day. I will never go to another AVR again. I am now looking at getting the UMC 200 also. All I can say is ,"wise choice".