Originally Posted by youthman
These new toys aren't mine. I brought them home over the weekend to photograph for a friend that is in the A/V business and will be listing them for him. Cool thing is that he doesn't mind me playing with them before I list them. [
] I need to run to Walmart and pick up some speaker wire before I can do any testing.
From my understanding, Integra Research is a little different company than the current Onkyo Integra Series. With the Retail price tags, I would think so.
I'm curious about a couple of things:
1. How does a $13,000 Retail system (Integra Pre/Pro, Amp and DVD Player) compares to my $4100 (Yamaha receiver, Parasound amp and PS3) retail system.
2. How does a $4000 DVD player compare to my $400 PS3?
3. How does a $4000 Pre/Pro sound compared to my $1200 Yamaha receiver that is serving as my Pre/Pro?
4. How does a $5000 130w/ch amp sound compared to my $2500 220w/ch amp?
I am anxious to see if my non-audiophile ears will be able to hear a difference in equipment that is at a much higher price point than my current gear. My hypothesis is that I will not hear 2 - 3 times an increase in sound quality and will see the law of diminishing return at work here....but who knows, I could be pleasantly surprised. Guess we shall see. I'll post my thoughts hopefully later this afternoon.
I think Integra Research went by the wayside if I'm not mistaken but here are my thoughts on that stuff.
In my opinion, there is no DVD player that was ever invented that can compete with the biggest piece of crap $80.00 blu-ray player. I, like you, get extremely excited when I find great deals for my theater. This equipment is made for people that can easily afford that Ferrari you posted a picture of earlier. These people aren't interested in price tags. If you have ever read an article from Electronic House, you can see alot of large homes with home theaters that look neat, but have over priced gear. Alot of these projects in that magazine cost well over $50,000 and they will be poorly designed as far as theater acoustics go. But they have silk pillows or a star field ceiling or something like that, and the price just gets ridiculous.
1. You're system wasn't $4100 if I'm not mistaken. Maybe if you walked into your local home audio store but I recall you paid significantly less. The point is, your system, I'm sure, sounds great. You have quality components.
2. I already mentioned my utter distaste for a $4000 DVD player earlier. The same goes with that Marantz Blu-ray player that goes for $6000.00 and that Lexicon that is nothing more than an Oppo inside of a Lexicon case, that goes for $4000 I think. And yes, it actually is an entire Oppo blu-ray player inside of a really cool looking Lexicon case. From what I've read, your PS3 is second only to the Oppo BDP-93 as far quality blu-ray players go.
3. I own an Integra DTC-9.8 pre/pro that I paid $600 for. I'm almost certain, it is just as good as the $4000 one, and I'm pretty sure your Yamaha is too. I "upgraded" from a Denon AVR-988 and to be honest, I liked the Denon more. The Integra has the balanced audio connectors for my amp which I'm sure makes no difference in sound.
4. Your Parasound will undoubtedly blow that $5000 piece of junk away. 130 watts per channel is terribly weak for that price point. I have an Outlaw that is 115 watts at 4 ohms (all 7 of my speakers are 4 ohms) and for me its fine right now. I paid $600 for it shipped. My amp will not compete with your Parasound due to the difference in power. You've got a good system and a nice room. I, like you, am proud as hell of my bargains. I don't brag to people about the retail prices of my equipment. I brag about the discounts I got.