I bought one here for a friend who used it briefly and compared it with the Pre 5, which if you ask me is a KILLER 2 channel pre for the money. My friend said the Pre 2 did "the holographic thing" slightly better, but he thought the Pre 2 dsp was actually a little cleaner sounding for vocals. He returned it due to a ground loop problem which looks like it had to do with the digital out on his DVD player, not the AR. My experience with digital pre/pros in the sub $2K price range has not been good, on the whole, but my experience with AR stuff has been that it's bulletproof and sounds awesome considering the modest investment. If you have an opportunity to buy one with a warranty, I say go for it. Email me privately if you want more info.
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