I thought I might add my 2 cents to this thread as I have had a Halcro SSP-100 for about a month now.
My previous processor was the Meridian G68 XXV which considering it's near $10K price tag is a direct competitor to the SSP-100.
For music I would have to give the slight edge to the G68 as the sound was more fleshed out and not as thin sounding as the SSP-100 (I only have about 30 to 40 hours on the SSP-100 so hopefully the sound will fill out more with burn in)
For movies I thought maybe there was some brand loyalty going on in this thread as having owned Lexicon in the past (great for movies but sounds like someone is pouring sand in your ears for music from all the grain) I did not think the SSP-100 could be that much better for movies. Boy were they right!!!!
I have never owned a pre-pro with so much dynamics and surround envelopment before. I have also never owned a pre-pro that blends all of my speakers and subs so well that it feels like a wall of sound that envelops you. It really is one hell of a trick with the SSP-100 as with some sounds you can look at your surround and still shake your head wondering how a sound is placed so precisely in another location. The SSP-100 does a phenomenal job of placing you in the action without sounding like a gimmick.
If you are going to judge this pre-pro solely for music than it might come up a bit short, not that it is bad, it is excellent for well recorded music. If I was a 75/25 music person than the Meridian G68 may be a better choice (I am not including the Theta Casa III and Meridian 861 as they add about 4 to 6K to the price) Then again if I was that much more into music but wanted the best movie experience as well than a dedicated 2 channel pre and the Halcro (either SSP-80 or 100) would be the way to go.
I love music but spend most of my time with TV and movies, probably 70/30 movies. I can't imagine swapping out my SSP-100 with any other pre-pro in the world and that is saying a lot for a constant upgrader like myself.
The Bland and Pramrod were not kidding when they spoke of the sound quality of the SSP-100.