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    AV Component Front-ends

    Had a weird problem with the HK AVR 7300 and it got me thinking about taking the system further towards component level gear.

    I'm guessing it would basically be a preamp/switched control center, HDMI/ Optical/Component/etc. ins and outs, perhaps with all the usual DVD decoding functionality (DTS/DD etc).

    Seems like the real gain would be going to standalone Amps, but I'd imagine there are other gains implicit in this.
    I'm guessing its another step away from mass market gear -

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    Quote Originally Posted by hjames View Post
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    I assume you want a good value and are not looking to buy the best analog section available which requires the willingness and ability to spend a small fortune on a processor.

    The Integra DTC 9.8 was a very high performance/price unit... it has since been superseded twice by the manufacturer... the Integra DHC 9.9 had some video upgrades and the new Integra DHC 80.1 (where do you go with your naming scheme after 9.9?) has additional bells and whistles over both it's predecessors. Both of the newer models have come out with higher prices... I guess since the 9.8 was hard to keep in stock, they determined that the price was too low. If you could find a lightly used 9.8 I would highly recommend it.

    If not, the upper middle product range of Denon and Onkyo/Integra receivers with pre-outs are among the better values in the budget HT arena.


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    I have preferred the sound of the DN-A7100 from Denon Pro to the Onkyo Integras. It is also pretty affordable, but only offers balanced outputs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Watt Street View Post
    I have preferred the sound of the DN-A7100 from Denon Pro to the Onkyo Integras.
    I haven't heard it, so I can't say, but I do agree that better Denons do sound pretty good. That said, this model has HDMI 1.1 so it won't pass 1080p video or process the newer high def audio formats present on many blu ray discs.


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    I have had some experience with the Integra DRC 7.1. (Working at retailer)

    It is a great unit WHEN it is working. And the support from Onkyo/integra have been rubish.


    The Anthem D2v on the other hand, is smooth sailing all the way. And it has a very nice room correction system.

    I have never really liked any Denon gear. I thin they sound harsh with a bit boomy bottom end.

    What about the Rotel RSP-15xx ?

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    The Anthem is excellent, but it costs $7500. I doubt Heather was planning on that sort of expenditure. The older Denon and Integra units that were mentioned are both closer to $1000.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hjames View Post
    Thoughts comments, brand loyalties?
    I have no practical experience, but many around here seem to be tracking down Integra AV gear....higher end Onkyo ?

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