The Proceed AVP has an excellent analog pass-through.
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Thanks for the suggs.
I think the Krell may be a bit out of my price range...I could swing an HTS1 or HTS2, but the 7.1 is a little bit too much on one componant. I will try to seek out a Proceed to audition...the hard part about that is that I don't have a reference amp yet. I think I am going to start with the pre/pro, and then audition amps with it and my JM Labs. Is my thinking flawed there? Since I know I can get more bang for the buck buying used here on Audiogon, I don't want to ask retail dealers to audition pre/pro + amp packages at home...I like to go to the shops to listen, but if I am not going to purchase retail, I would hate to waste their time.
Any other suggs are happily received.
The Aragon stuff looks nice...especially the Stage 1. Is this the "next generation" soundstage? The only thing I can't ascertain from the product manual is weather or not these units have balanced inputs...
Bummer that there don't seem to be any dealers in the LA Basin (according to the dealer locator on the Klipcsh site anyway)
I was also interested in both and ended up with the SS only because I got a good deal. Somethimes I tend to over analyze and wear myself out in the process. All research indicates they are both good units. However, the SS upgrade is reasonably priced at $800 vs $2500 fpr the proceed. Additionally, the bass management is very flexible. You can have different settings for each input which is good. So I can boost the bass for movies and have the correct level for music. The major drawback with the SS is you need the remote in oder to set it up. On the other side, once its setup you can operate with or with out the remote. Sound quality is improved over my Marantz AV550 but still suffers because of my imperfect room. That will be my next project.