You are mixed up aren't you. The prices of these aren't even in the same ballpark. The Anthem is in a whole other league. Even the AVM 20/30 will crush the others sonically. Have you considered Sunfire, B&K or Parasound? Why not Sony ES too. Personally I like Sherbourn & Mac.
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I thought the Integra DHC-80.1 and the Marantz would be in the same price range ($2K - $3K). Both offer excellent performance based on reviews. Anthem has a very good rep, but unless it's at least twice the price I doubt they had the budget to crush the Integra or Marantz. They simply can't move enough units.
I use the Integra DTC-9.8 so I'm partial to Integra, but I don't see how you can go wrong with the Integra, Marantz or Anthem.
Thanks guys, great input. Would you also consider any Arcam product like the FMJ AV888, or still recommend staying with the Marantz or Integra's? I found out that the Anthem AVM50v retails for $5,500 which would be my max budget; do you guys still feel the Marantz or Intergra's are still better in comparison?
Not sure why you feel a need to buy new. You can find several Anthem D2s listed on Audiogon for around $3500. I'd guess its video processing would exceed that of an Oppo 83. I've bought most of my audio electronics and a pair of speakers from listings on Audiogon, and have yet to regret it. Just read the reviews of the sellers carefully.
On AVS you can read a thread about whether the stereo performance of the D2 warrants the price. An 80.1 I heard lacked the soundstage and timbre portrayal of my vintage Proceed PAV/PDSD, but the fault may have been the setup and associated equipment. Of course, the PAV/PDSD had an MSRP of $10K over 15 years ago, lacks HDMI, the latest codecs, and software for correcting room acoustics, so sonic comparison with a $2K processor that offers the latest technology may be unfair.
I've sold a few of my previous components on audiogon in the past, without incident; but the one time I bought a product from someone 5 yrs ago, had an issue. I bought an Electrocompaniet EMC-1UP CD player, not cheap by any means, and the unit arrived looking and working like new and in a manufacturer box, but the seller (or someone) had filed off the serial number on the back of the unit; he never clearly explained why either, but the unit worked fine, so I've kept it.
I found this review http://www.avguide.com/review/playback-23-parasound-p7-multichannel-preamp-marantz-av8003-av-pre-tuner?src=Playback comparing the digital Marantz AV8003 to the analog Parasound Halo P7 very interesting. Bodes well for the Marantz.