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ok Kal. What is a move in the right right direction? What is your short list? I am interested and looking for better quality sound for movies. Why do I need a processor, if all the DVD, BlueRays players are going to containt processors more up to date than the HT processor. I would rather only have to change one processor than two. This is the spot I am in now. That is why I was thinking of changing to a multi channel amp once and just change my BlueRay player as required for newer stuff. What does the future hold for us in home theather?
I'd suggest that you audition a good pre-pro that is equipped with Audyssey room correction. The top of the line Integra 80.1 - which is a very good (though maybe not great by 'phile standards) sounding unit - will allow you to compare "corrected" sound with a "pure" signal path that bypasses all processing. Some contributors here object to this type of DRC, but I believe that the improvements yielded (especially in the bass) easily outweigh any negative effects. Just MHO, but I do think you'd be cheating yourself if you decide not to do the audition and make an educated decision.
I got the Krell HTS 7.1 for that exact reason,7.1 analog for audio and let your player do the video.Donnot let some of these guys fool you into thinking you need a D2v,ssp800,etc because they are the ones going to loose $3-$6000 overnite when another format change comes into play.I find the HTS 7.1 does sound great,and that was side by side with a Classe SSP 600,and a Anthem D2.The D2/D1(if you want to save some money)are great for HT for sure but the 2ch is no where near the Krell.And lets face it,you can pick up a used 7.1 for less than $2000.But run the serial# with Walt at Krell and find a later built one around 2007.I was looking at one and it was built in 2003 and for $300 more got one that was purcased new and only used in a bedroom for 1yr and built in late 2007.
I HTS is a great processor for the money but it is still digital. I was thinking moving to analog would give me a smoother more liquid less digital presentation. I am accustomed to listening to tubes on my big stereo. I have 5 to 10 times more money in my stereo than my HT. I guess I am bored waiting for my new stereo speakers. I read March's Stereophile and noticed you were listening to Parasound's Halo P7 multi channel preamp.
Coxhaus wrote: I HTS is a great processor for the money but it is still digital.So? If the source is digital and the amp/speakers are analog, what is at issue is who is doing the processing and the D/A conversion. The model is the same.
I was thinking moving to analog would give me a smoother more liquid less digital presentation.Why? See above.
I read March's Stereophile and noticed you were listening to Parasound's Halo P7 multi channel preamp.Because I needed an analog preamp in order to compare the analog outputs of the players. After that, I user the player's digital outputs to a processor.