Originally Posted by sbeveraggi
Hi guys, I'm looking for a pre with HT bypass and bass management, and could really use some help.
I currently own a Denon 2809, Ascend Sierra LCR and a Rythmik F12SE sub, and would like to improve 2 channel listening.
Here are some thoughts on my two preamp main candidates:
-Well regarded brand, reliable.
-Cannot crossover speakers to sub lower than 80hz (it is fixed, right?).
-Emotiva seems to get lots of love AND hate around here.
-More flexible bass management.
Has anyone had a chance to hear them both? Do they have different SQ characteristics?
Are there any other options below $1000 I should consider?
Thanks in advance for your help.
PS: By the way, I'm also considering a Rotel RB-1572 class D amp. Any thoughts on it?
I did own the USP-1 for a short while but functionally the 2100 has it all over the USP-1 IMO. The biggest advantage the USP-1 has is a lower price, 5 year warranty and being able to set the High Pass crossover where the 2100's is fixed at 80Hz.
The 2100 has many advantages though:
Does not have to be powered up when using your HT system.
No bright non dimming blue lights
Subwoofer level control
MP3 input (if needed)
Much better remote
Balance, treble and bass controls (if needed)
I did find the USP-1 a tad brighter than the 2100 but I did not compare the two side by side so my thoughts could be off in that regard. But going off memory several CD tracks I played with both preamps the USP-1 did seem to add a touch of sibilance.
The HP and LP setting knobs on the USP-1 have no markings so trying to set them is kind of difficult especially if you are using a mirror with it in ones rack
. I found in order to have an idea of where to set them you had to turn them all the way counter clockwise to get some form of reference.
So in the end I went with the 2100 and I am glad I did
. The USP-1 is an excellent preamp but on the operational end it comes up short IMO.
I bought my 2100 from Audio Advisor as a "Open Box" which was not opened and actually a brand new unit for $399.00
. Audio Advisor now has factory refreshed 2100s for $487.50 with a Parasound 3 year warranty. I can not think of any new sub $1000.00 preamps with HT Bypass that have the features of the 2100. You could try used on Audiogon but that usually means no warranty. Good luck
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