both good choices I also am reserved about the Anthem. Have you thought about the Classe SSP30?
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I think the Classe would be out of my range,but I will look into it!
I would ideally like to have a Tube Pre-Amp for 2-channel Playback and Bypass the Processor until I use it for Movies and TV!That is what my aim is!
I just read the Ref30 might have a switching problem.The Rotel is real new and I do not know what the upgrading options are?
I have a Ref 30 and have been very pleased with it. To me its best feature is that it senses signal presence and changes output accordingly. For example. I use my DVD/CD player for both movie (7-channel) and music (2-channel). It is connected by a single digital coax cable. It automatically switches off the surround channels when a CD is played and goes back when a DVD is played. Simple.
The room correction circuitry is also very nice and with the help of a SPL meter, can really tame a room's resonances.
Of course the unit sounds good too or all of this would be unimportant.
I think the switching problem others have mentioned is not a problem, the unit just "clicks" when it turns on and shuts off channels.
My only complaint is that B&K has been slow to roll-out software upgrades like Pro Logic II. They claim it will not be long but no date has been set.