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In what way does it make it "High-End" again? The 861 was and still is a excellent performer, but it keeps flawed with the 621. I would have bought a 621 three years ago, but today, I want more. There are two major flaws with the 621.
1. No 192kHz
2. No true 8-channel support
Now, I'm well aware there are few 192kHz titles and 8-channel titles.
192kHz is limited to 6 channels and only used for music. That's something I can live with, so it isn't an issue for me personally but it would be nice to have.
No 8-channel support is a deal killer for me. In two or three years, we'll have alot 8-channel titles and then what? Please don't tell me about Meridians miraculous 6-channel to 8-channel conversion. I want real 8-channel support.
For now, I found an excellent replacement for my 861 and moved the 861 to my second living room system. As soon as Meridian announces a 8-channel solution, I'll place my order for the 621. Until then, my 861 is used for watching some tv shows.
I'll talk to Meridian again next weekend and ask what their plans are. After all, they've mentioned a possible 8-channel solution a while ago. So we'll see where they stand right now.