I meant Rotel RSP-1068 or RSP-1098 not 968.
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I've read your review of P7 with much interest. I was somewhat surprised at the favorable review as your recent focus was on HDMI based processors and the use of room correction. And I thought you were rather dismissive of analog preamps for MCH music. What happened? Are MCH preamps making a comeback? Is there any room for MCH analog preamps in the market when HT is dominated by HDMI processors and most audiophiles have not embraced MCH? More importantly, how does the sound through P7 compare against HDMI processors with room correction engaged?
What an inquiring mind! I make no precise choices between HDMI/processor configurations (which are convenient and flexible) and all-analog configurations (for those with such predilections). Either works well if, in the latter case, one can do most of the processing in the player and handle room acoustics in other ways (from room engineering to add-on boxes). It is more of a philosophical divide and I am trying to present both sides.
Personally, I prefer the all-digital route on principle.
Hi folks. Rather than start a new thread, this one seems pretty close to my question.
I am pretty new to all of this. My apologies in advance if this is a question better posed somewhere else.
I am about 50/50 ht to 2ch but have been less picky about ht set up. In part I think because I find blu ray so captivating that I havent felt the need to try and improve on what comes out of a ps3 via hdmi.
What I am curious about now is the world of ht pre/pros. My 2ch listening is all digital and I would love to not need a separate 2ch pre and 2ch dac.
Are there multi ch pre/pros out there with quality dac sections and hdmi inputs and outputs that are considered to present 2ch digital content well?
The other choice would be to invest in a high quality multi format player like the Ayre but it seems to me that if I am going to have that high quality dac stage and output that I would want to use it with as many sources as possible.
I have an Onkyo PR-SC886P Pre on it's way.It's a refurb and I bought from shoponkyo.com
I thought about a lex or Krell, but I decided to go with the Onkyo, because of the Audessy Eq feature.
From what I understand it's digital processing is very good, analog is ok, but I won;t need that. I have a seperate 2 channel pre.
It's the same as the 9.9 and the refurb price is hard to pass up. If you are interested, AVS forums has a thread that is good reading. Kal, also did a review on the previous model, in Stereophile. Music in the Round, Jan. 2008.
I will be using the new Oppo Blu Ray player to process the audio and pass them through the HDMI connection to the Onkyo. All I will have other than that will be some broadcst movies and sports.
Thanks. I read the reviews. I would love to hear your feedback as well. I am considering the exact set up (oppo when I can get one) via hdmi.
Will you be using the oppo for redbook as well? If so, let me know what you think.
All of the sources thaat i use (Sonos and Integra multi format player) could be sent directly to the pre/pro. If the digital pre/pro was up to the task, I would no longer need my 2ch pre and my benchmark dac which would pretty much pay for the integra 9.8 and the oppo...
Yes and I'm still trying to decide if I am going to keep it. It does a good job with movies, but I just keep wondering if I would be happier with a higher end pre with 5.1 inputs. Don't get me wrong the Onkyo sounds good, but as long as I'm in the 30 day grace period, I keep checking options and second guessing myself. I can say that if my, now gone Meridian 561 had 5.1 analog inputs, I would still have it. I really don't think I was missing much of anything with that in my syatem. I jsut needed to try SACD, DVD Audio and the hd codecs.
Sorry, I probably muddied the waters even more.