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The Classe Sigma SSP processor is small compact and short and sounds really good for stereo music. It doesn't take up much space at all. This is probably one of the smallest HT processor I've ever seen and it is only 7.1 channel processor. And the back panel of the Sigma SSP looks more like a stereo preamp than a HT processor. Has limited and much fewer connections than all other HT processors.
From time to time the earlier or first version of the Classe Sigma SSP can be found in used markets for less than $3k used or perhaps around $2500 ish used. This is the first early version of the Sigma SSP which did retail for $5k, and this model has been replaced by the Sigma SSP Mk2, which retails for $6k new. The Mk2 version supports the latest formats eg Dolby Atmos, DTS-X, 4K pass through. The first or earlier version of the Sigma SSP does not support Dolby Atmos, 4K, etc. Otherwise they are identical. Look for the early version that does not support the latest formats which can be had for around $2500 ish used, it’s a complete bargain.
Thanks for the kind words, Michael,
It does not have to be HEA, but it has to be good. I've tried going with Onkyo and Emotiva, and compared to my then 6 year old Casanova, they sucked. I mean, really really thin.
I'm having cognitive dissonance between the speakers I have and equipment I have in boxes vs. my living room space.
Right now I've got the Mytek running as the pre. Inputs from TV via optical S/PDIF and music via USB which goes to my two monoblocks.
In boxes I have:
So I'm kind of stuck.
I'm thinking of selling off the P7 and Brooklyn to fund this, but I don't want to downgrade by accident as music is one of my most important joys.
About 5 or so years ago I stumbled across the Sherwood RX-4105 receiver and was amazed at how well it tuned. With a few very simple tweaks it beat up on some serious big buck amps, or at least equaled. Since that time I've been thinking about tuning one of their AV units. I've been looking at the R-507.
I think there are some super low mass and small receivers that have got to be in thinking camps of some of the more mass production companies. I also think the new breed of audiophiles are going to be all over that market. We will see. In the meantime I'm going to check out one of these units from Sherwood to see if the same sound can be had in their simple 5.1 designs.
It's exciting to watch the new designs make their way into high ends territory. Takes a little mental adjustment for many, but it was always a matter of time.