Anthem getting into two channel with new STR pre-amp-- anyone heard it?


Has anybody heard the new STR pre-amp?  I like the feature set for my purposes, but I can't hear it at my local Anthem dealer, as they do not stock this series.  It has home theater bypass, including for two subs.  Also has MM and MC phono inputs, and a DAC. 
mtrot
I'm gonna try and resurrect this thread.
I've been waiting for a thorough review of the STR Pre-Amp for months.
Finally Gene at Audioholics has done a stellar review of the STR Separates.
Have to admit that I am a long time owner of Anthem Statement gear & find their amps seriously under-rated. Their Pre-Pros are well-respected and rightfully so.
It's disappointing to me that there is such a seeming lack of interest in this gear. The STR Integrated is getting decent attention & great reviews.

After the empirical confirmation of my instincts, I will be buying the STR Pre-Amp for my 2.2 system in the New Year.

I'm hoping to find a dealer willing to deal a bit.
Harry, I hope you'll tell us how you like it.
My local dealer doesn't stock the STR Preamp, but when I told him an online merchant offers a 60d trial and 2-day shipping, he agreed to match the terms. On arrival, I fed it burn-in tones for about 150 hrs. I don't believe in that, but to my ears, it made a difference here.

I've played many kinds of music (not metal) and I like the unit very, very much. ARC2 is terrific. The sound is very clean and smooth and very involving. The DAC is excellent. Integration of my two subs is perfect.

I enjoy having tone controls for occasional quick tweaks. They are quite transparent.

In summary, this is a great preamp that I could easily see selling for 50% to 100% more. Even though I don't use the analog inputs or phono, I think it's a bargain and a class "A" component. I'm keeping it.


mtrot
give us an update?  Happy Listening!