Originally Posted by WillyJ
Love my P9. Running it through a Fosgate all tube preamp and the AVP. Don't get me going on the Audyssey/Pure Direct thing - we had a big discussion on this thread about that very thing some time ago.
OK, I won't get you going!
Seriously, the room has a big impact on whether an analog source is better pure direct or Audyssey. And how much flexibility one has with speaker placement and room treatment. Audyssey doesn't make a pure analog source sound better, it just greatly reduces the adverse impact a problematical room can create. In most cases probably more than offsetting the negatives it can induce.
The better the room, the better the equipment, with good placement and room treatment, pure direct becomes more and more the way to go. I was able to set up my system, which is a combined 2 channel/HT, with 2 channel as priority one. That greatly changes the dynamic for me, admittedly not the norm. But, I might be the 1 in 100 AVP owners that is lucky enough to have these advantages in terms of two channel analog.
I can tell you this, with my Basis TT, Graham Arm, Benz, Parasound JC2 and Revel Ultima 2 speakers, the AVP as a two channel pre amp is pretty fantastic. Shocking my snobby two channel, tube, vinyl friends.