Originally Posted by jonathan56
I agree, amazing that guy from Mac couldn't take some legit concerns.
I'm a little surpassed people are recommending a Marantz in a high end system like mine. Am I just a audiophile snob or I under the wrong impression that companies like Marantz, pioneer, onkyo, etc are things that college kids but from best buy?
Also, it seems now even a company like DataSat shouldn't be considered since it's HDMI is even inferior to the Machintosh that has 10gbps.
Definitely would appreciate some clarification .
First of all, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Marantz and "high end" is a pretty relative term.
If the $ are not an issue, a great choice would be the Datasat. [Disclosure: I am a Datasat trained RS20i calibrator]. When we did our [blind] comparison of the Datasat and an Integra, 95% to 98% of the differences were related to Audyssey vs Dirac. And given much experience in this area, the results would have been the same had we used the latest and greatest Marantz. [We did a similar compare but not blind]. Not even close. Everything about Dirac vs Audyssey was improved. And while the RS20i is currently limited to a 7.x.4 Atmos configuration by the the chip utilized, it can support up to 24 physical channels so that once the chip can be upgraded, you are not restricted from adding additional channels. And it is is certainly more modular than most other products - with the exception of Theta and Trinnov. So my guess is that when an HDMI upgrade is desired, while you may or may not be required to send in the unit, at least it will be upgradable.
If Datasat is not your cup of tea, then go for the Trinnov (with an additional $10,000 of cost).
What some are suggesting, I think, is if you want to minimize risk (in case what I just said is not accurate relative to upgradability), then an 8802 is a great and relatively inexpensive placeholder.
And who knows what might be coming down the pike that provides what you are looking for at a more modest cost.