As you imply, some may look with disdain on the Denon units because they supply products in the mid and low end (unlike Krell, Halcro etc). OTOH, although the high end Denon separates are comparably priced to the "high end brands", IMO they are at least as good (probalbly better). I have purchased the Denon AVP-A1HDCI/POA-A1HDCI for what they are, not for the brand name. I think it was a good choice for a price is no object purchase, though I am open minded to others that have reason to have selected other products. Actually, I would be interested in the reasoning behind other purchases at the high end.
That is the problem with a lot of people becuase they base everything on name rather then what the unit can do.
If that's the case, I'd just buy a normal high-end amp from a normal high-end company for that price. Same for the preamp probably. The Denon seems to be going for people with an inferiority complex. If you only need 5 channels, get a 5-channel amp. If you don't have 3 Blu-Ray players, 4 Satellites, 2 DVD players, 3 VCRs and 4 video games, I don't know how you'd use the overkill you'd be buying.
If you don't need all that channels so be it but why would you look at another processor?
I sold my D1 and sent back a Krell S1000 after a week.
Good choice, krell is horrible when it comes to processors.
Well, there's a difference between 'high-end' and 'mass market' design.
Difference? How, I understand that receivers and other "mass market" processors measure and perform better then "high end" designs but what is your point?
We've been through this before in another thread, but IMO, the Denon stuff is still a mass market design, even though the price is high. It's a perfect match for B&W speakers. Or a Cadillac Escalade or a Rolex. It's a luxury mass market product. A truly high-end customer wouldn't need 75% of the circuitry in it and no more than 7 of the amp channels, so why bother putting in except to look cool? Hey, as long as it sells, they've achieved their design goals, but high-end design, it isn't.
So what is a "high end" design?