Suggestions 4 surround processor w/newest formats.


Hi all,
I'm looking at finally upgrading my ol' reliable surround processor (Legacy-Audio NexStep) to something with all the new HD-Audio formats. Any suggestions as to which way to go?
Have been internet searching Krell, Lexicon, Parasound, Halcro etc.
Some of my associated equipment...
Amplification: Legacy-Audio monoblocs.
Speakers: Infinity Prelude MTS.
Digital: Marantz BD-8002.
Any other info about my system that would help with suggestions please let me know.

Thanks all @ A-gon,

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joysjane
interga 9.9 is about advanced as you get today, but as you know this will followed by more changes. It will not end until you have departed the scene.
The replacement for the 9.9 will be shipping in a matter of weeks. There may be bargains on the 9.9 and its sibling, the Onkyo 886, when that happens.

Kal
Anthem, then Anthem, then Anthem, then Cary if you want 2 boxes.
That Integra looks pretty nice and has what I'm looking for.
Macdadtexas, what would be the model I'm looking for on the Anthem?
Thanks for the reply you's guys. Keep it coming and I'll start doing some reasearch and let you know which way we're going.
A-gon's the greatest!!!
Hey Buconer,
That Integra looks like a receiver. I have Monobloc amps. Can I use it as a processor only? Already have all the amplification I need, and then some.
any of the Anthems, it depends on how much you want to spend.

the D2 is pretty incredible
09-26-09: Joysjane
Hey Buconer,
That Integra looks like a receiver. I have Monobloc amps. Can I use it as a processor only? Already have all the amplification I need,and then some.

(They both look like receivers, but are processors. No extra amplifiers.)

Integra link >>>[http://www.integrahometheater.com/model.cfm?m=DHC-9.9&class=Separates&p=i]
Anthem link >>> [http://statement.anthemav.com/HTML/Products/D2v/Literature/D2v_Lit.html]
Joysjane. If you can wait for the new Onkyo PR-SC5507 processor in early 2010. Lots of excellent features. Check it out online.....

Regards Bacardi
Or you can get the equivalent Integra 80.1 which, I understand, is now shipping.

Kal
I would look at the Meridian line. I have been very happy my G68 and with the new HD621 HDMI interface it is practically future proof.

Still haven't decided fellas.

Have been reading up and it sounds like the Marantz does al the new format decoding itself. Might just end up letting it do it's job and bypass the whole processor gig.
What say you's?
11-15-09: Joysjane

Still haven't decided fellas.

Have been reading up and it sounds like the Marantz does al the new format decoding itself. Might just end up letting it do it's job and bypass the whole processor gig.
What say you's?
Depends. How's the bass/level/distance control in the player? How's your room acoustics?

Kal