I would like to find a Audio Research Mp1. I think that fits what I am looking for. If anyone know where I could get one just EM me. Thx.
9 responses Add your response
I have though of trying the Emotiva XMC-1 as I had previously in the past had a UMC-200 which was pretty good. The XMC-1 has Dirac which is one of the best. I did want to stay with the separate dac/pre senerio as it has no processing. Even with a multichannel analogue processor there is still processing being done once or sometimes twice which to me means degradation. I may try this server and see if the Dirac program can be put on it. But I will only run 4.1 or 4.2 channels for home theatre. A centre is not needed. I will research the other processors mentioned. Thx.
I'm not sure how you arrived at your statistics and percentages, but have you considered a high-end pre/pro that runs analog (no processing) for 2-channel audio? Some McIntosh units could provide the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, McIntosh increasingly lacks the cache of more esoteric brands around here.
Dbphd, will not use an oppo 103/105 for audio. I only use the oppo for HDMI video. That's it. I had a 105 and it was awful. I can't be more blunt. The 105's chip is very high in resolution but at the same time too thin and unbalanced - awful. I run the music via coax to server now and it is stunning. I am talking with core in regards to running my server with 4 channels straight to two of the dual mono Audiozen Noah amplifiers. I want no processing. When you listen to a system with no processing you will see what your missing. And once you take the processor and run a separate dac/pre you get 30-40% more information for movies and music.
I don't fully understand your setup. If you're using an Oppo as an analog source, it should be a 105, not a 103. A processor with bypass would give you the best of both worlds. The front LR of surround could use your current stereo setup with the surround channels from a processor going directly to amps.
In my setup, output from DirecTV HD-DVR goes via HDMI to an Oppo 105 connected via HDMI to a Cary Cinema 11a processor. Stereo goes from the Cary to a Parasound JC-2 BP, surround directly to amps. The JC-2 is shared with an Ayre C-5xeMP and JC-3 phono stage. The Cary is shared by a Sony XA5400ES. For surround, the JC-2 BP provides unity gain and the Cary controls level. For stereo, the Cary and subs are out of the loop. I have used this scheme with the Oppo 105 serving as both source and processor, but I wanted mch DSD from the Sony that requires HDMI and a processor that can accept mch DSD.