They did a 5-ch demonstration at CES 2001, not sure if this piece was included. It doesn't sound like part of BM's reference line, but is sure to be killer. Up there with BoulderAmp's processor and ML too.
If you read the page carefully, sounds like it is a 5-ch unit now, b/c it is a 'modular design' which is upgradable 'to DD EX 6.1 and DTS 6.1 up to 7.1 standards'. It also has only 5.1 balanced outputs, but 'prepared for 7.1'.
When they say balanced amplification, they mean low level signal I'm assuming. I believe pre-amps still have small amplifiers in them and they are just trying to say that the topology is fully balanced.. ?
I'm shocked to not see AES/EBU, ATT glass, or other types of digital inputs. Nor does it sound like the unit has balanced analog inputs, but who knows..
BM sound at CES was phenominal, 2nd or 3rd best at show. If this was the pre-amp unit, watch out!
[This message has been edited by migliore (edited 05-16-2001).]