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Still looking for a Processor/Pre-Amp

Barry

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Still looking for a Processor/Pre-Amp
« on: September 16, 2020, 12:18:54 PM »
     I am still looking to update my surround system, which I also use for my two channel CD, SACD and FM Tuner. So two channel sound is important as well as Atmos. And I would prefer a unit at had balanced ins and well as outs.

Dealers have suggested:

The MacIntosh 710

Audio Control maestro x9

And the Bryston SP4

 
Any suggestions? Anyone have one and these? Anyone have any experience with these?


Krell 707 3D; Krell 400e (center) 600e; S-1500 (rear); Panasonic 9000 4k player; Revel speakers: Salon 2, Voice 2; W990; SVS subs SB-13 Ultras; JVC DLA-RS3000; Stuart StudioTek100; Krell Cipher; Day Sequerra FM Reference: VPI 19 Mark 4 & SME 309 & Audioquest 404i & Krell KPE

Re: Still looking for a Processor/Pre-Amp
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2020, 01:02:46 PM »
I don't think you mentioned a reason you're not considering the newer Krell Foundation?

From a recent Widescreen Review review of it (https://widescreenreview.com/eq_detail.php?id=661 if you have a subscription):


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Conclusion

Once I learned that EQ needed to be set to Off to get the sort of sound quality I expect from a surround sound processor in this price range, movie sound perked up so much that the Foundation won me over right at the end of the review period. Analog pass-through sound quality was excellent right from the beginning, filling the role of an analog stereo preamp so well that it really wasn’t necessary to have a separate analog preamp for analog sources. “Civilians” were properly “WOW!’d” by the movie sonics, to the point that they would groan when a demo scene was stopped. In every case, they wanted to keep on watching the whole movie. That’s one of the main jobs of a surround sound processor, and the Foundation did it well. The Foundation is up against seriously good competitors in its price range. If the feature set fits your needs, the Foundation will definitely deliver on your sound-quality expectations. WSR


Barry

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Re: Still looking for a Processor/Pre-Amp
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2020, 01:59:55 PM »
First, there is NO Atmos here.

I have the 707 and, when working, sounds great. However, Krell is not the company it once was. Repairs are more often and they do not do them well. Nor do they respond well to my questions. For example, I asked them about a modification to my 1500 amp and they said they would respond the next business day. That was a month ago and they do call respond to my emails or phone calls.

They even said, in Jnauary that a new unit would be coming out that woulds be 4k and Atmos.  No luck seeing that 10 months later.
Krell 707 3D; Krell 400e (center) 600e; S-1500 (rear); Panasonic 9000 4k player; Revel speakers: Salon 2, Voice 2; W990; SVS subs SB-13 Ultras; JVC DLA-RS3000; Stuart StudioTek100; Krell Cipher; Day Sequerra FM Reference: VPI 19 Mark 4 & SME 309 & Audioquest 404i & Krell KPE

Re: Still looking for a Processor/Pre-Amp
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2020, 04:13:23 AM »
StormAudio ISP 3D.16 24 or 32 MK2 depending on number of channels required.  What Bryston SP4 is based on but the ISP MK2 can decode 24 channels for Atmos (soon for DTS-X pro too). 

Re: Still looking for a Processor/Pre-Amp
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2020, 04:40:37 PM »
Barry, did you do anything? I see Anthem has released an update of the AVM 60 as the AVM 70, plus a higher end model, the AVM 90. 

https://www.audioholics.com/av-receiver-reviews/anthem-avm70-90-mrx1140-740-540

Re: Still looking for a Processor/Pre-Amp
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2020, 08:01:17 PM »
Barry, the AVM 90 may be right up your alley. If it's as good as the Anthem Statement processor from back in the day, you'll be very pleased!
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Barry

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Re: Still looking for a Processor/Pre-Amp
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2020, 12:52:46 PM »
Thanks Paul and David!

Now I am actually looking for TWO DIFFERENT UNITS!
 
First, for the big room, I was thinking of the McIntosh 170 and the Trinnov. But, to be frank, I wanted the following things:


1.  Best sound, surround and two channels.
2.  Ease of Use and set up
3.  A reliable company. I was with Mark Levinson for over a decade and they were totally reliable. They went to hell when acquired by Harmon. (I know they left Harmon).  The I went to Krell and now they are falling apart.  So I want a reliable company.
The McIntosh also has balanced inputs, several RCA and it has a phono input. Also, I learned that they use the same boards as the Trinnov. (Don’t tell anyone I told you.) I just do not know what the Athem AVM 90 will have.  Or when it will be out.
 
 
Second unit: 
For our upstairs room I was thinking of the Marantz 8015.  But now I think I would like to see the Anthem MRX1140, but gosh knows when it will be out. The Marantz is back ordered. (I technically have ordered it but can easily cancel)


Krell 707 3D; Krell 400e (center) 600e; S-1500 (rear); Panasonic 9000 4k player; Revel speakers: Salon 2, Voice 2; W990; SVS subs SB-13 Ultras; JVC DLA-RS3000; Stuart StudioTek100; Krell Cipher; Day Sequerra FM Reference: VPI 19 Mark 4 & SME 309 & Audioquest 404i & Krell KPE

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