I simply love my Anthem AVM-2. Definitely under $1k and awesome for stereo!
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I use the Sony ta-e9000es. It is excellent. I brought home the conrad johnson pre-amp pvl-14 (I believe), with the home theater pass through, thinking I was going to improve on my 2 channel experience and it was almost identical in sound quality to the sony processor.
There is one used on audiogon @ the lin below. I don't know this person so don't hold me responsible for any part of the transaction....however the processor is excellent and that would be I think a pretty decent price within $100.00 or so.
Boldstrummer, that created a bit of confussion for me as well. My unit has one set of l/r outs and one set of 5.1 outs. The stereo outs output the same signal as the mains of the 5.1 set of outs. Since I don't have rear amps at this time I am running he-rez in two channel mode and I use the l/r outs to my sub.
The remote is a solid YBA remote. It offeres fine adjustment of the volume, source select, power, mute and other YBA/AR components.
I bought the MAP-1. It replaced an Audio Research LS2B. It is quite simply, at $2,500, a steal! And it does not have a bunch of needless electronics inside that can veil the sound of a good stereo source. Additionally, once you hear the MAP-1's ARM music surround mode, you will probably never listen to 2 channel the same way again.
$2,200 seems to be the going price for a MAP-1 from McCormack. Though it has many limitations, its beautiful sound lies in the fact that it does not have a bunch of extra crap to muck up the sound. No digital inputs, no video switching, no decoder chips (DAC's or ADC's). It's the closest thing to a straight wire with gain that I have ever heard.