Hi Svensk- Have you also considered a progressive output DVD unit? The DV-09 is outstanding, but progressive output DVD is the way to go. As for cables, it isn't so much that Audioquest is "undesireable" or "inferior", it's more that the Coincident is outstanding regardless of price. They'll give in 95% of the kilobuck+ stuff. If you've got noise problems, balanced "might" help, no guarantee though. I've heard balanced systems with noise issues equal to or greater than single-ended system. Also, get dedicated AC lines to feed your equipment if humanly possible. It will improve andio as well as video performance. As for the electronics, it really is your own preference. Proceed, Theta, Krell, and even B&K offer very good processors. (There are others, of course, so other readers don't get upset that I don't mention them all). Controls, features, modular upgradeability, appearance, perceived value, all play into the decision besides the sonic performance. Hopefully, your audio system is separate from your video, but it's all about priorities and practicality. Goodluck and enjoy.
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