This looks to be a fantastic piece. Sold out of first two runs and next batch out in August.
My Halcro SSP-200 is sold. I was waiting for a worthy replacement. This looks to be it. Expect to receive mine sooner than later.
-Swap-able boards to HDMI 1.4 per manufacturer
-Full Parametric EQ
-Trinnov processing / room correction coming as ADD-ON OR INTERNAL. News at CEDIA on that.
-THX processing (yes, I wouldn't buy an SSP without it.
-Most sophisticated and detailed RS-232 control I've ever seen.
- Excellent support
Dolby TrueHD & DTS HD Master Audio
Multi-Channel (192KHz/24 Bit) PCM Audio
Full 7.1 EX/ES, THX Ultra 2, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS Neo 6
8 HDMI Inputs with HDMI Equalization Settings per input
2 (Dual) Mirror HDMI Outputs with HDMI Equalization Settings
Parametric Multi-Band Equalizer
8 Stereo Analog Audio Inputs
6 Digital Audio Coaxial Inputs
2 TOS-Link Optical Digital Audio Inputs
8 Channel DVD Audio/SACD Input With Bass Filters
8 Composite Video Inputs
8 S-Video Inputs
8 Component Video Inputs
Analog And Digital Audio Record Outputs (2nd Zone)
2 Main And 2 Record (2nd Zone) Composite Video Outputs
2 Main Component Video Outputs
Rear Panel Ethernet Connection (ADA Net)
2 Programmable Low Voltage Output Triggers
ADA MX-900 (Universal Remote Control) Included At No Additional Charge
90-260Volts AC 50/60Hz 40 Watts
23 lbs 3.5"H x 19"W x 17.5"D
The Cinema Rhapsody Mach IV is ADA's flagship home theater controller/preamplifier. It features 8 of everything - 8 HDMI inputs, 8 component video inputs, 8 S-Video Inputs, 8 composite video inputs, 8 analog audio inputs, 8 digital audio input, and an 8 channel analog bypass input. There are also dual mirror outputs for each video signal type helping separate the Cinema Rhapsody Mach IV from other preamplifiers on the market. Instead of relying on a cheap scaler/doubler video chip, the Cinema Rhapsody Mach IV acts as a video switcher with a loop-through. Every type of video input can output to an external high-quality video processor, looping back into a single HDMI input, so that only one HDMI cable is run to the video display. While the Cinema Rhapsody Mach IV does all the switching, you can still incorporate your video processor of choice.
The Cinema Rhapsody also has incredibly unique features that make it the only controller choice for many home theaters. In addition to featuring a simple to read and operate front panel control and its abundance of connection jacks, the Cinema Rhapsody Mach IV incorporates two bass crossovers, one in the DSP and one in the analog domain. This makes it possible for the Cinema Rhapsody Mach IV to work with full-range speakers, permitting them to play bass information while at the same time summing the bass of full-range channels with channels that are rolled off as well as the LFE (low frequency effects or ".1") channel. The subwoofer (speaker best designed to deliver bass) plays the bass from all channels simultaneously with the other speakers that are capable of delivering bass. With any other preamp, full range speakers would need to "roll-off" (not play bass) so that the subwoofer would play the bass. Not so with the Cinema Rhapsody Mach IV. Similar to providing a video loop facility so that one can incorporate the very best video processing, the Cinema Rhapsody makes it possible to incorporate the very best speakers into your system without compromising performance.USER REVIEW
Well, many movies later, I can really provide some good insight. Want to start a new thread as the other contains a lot of speculative info and anyone who clicks on this thread will see the review up top (rather than getting lost in the current one).SET UP
: How simple is that!!!
a. I have 5 sources (2 Blu Ray, 1 HD DVD, 1 DVD, 1 HD DVR). So, 5 HDMI cables!! No more analog cable mess!
b. 2 HDMI OUTPUTS (2 zones)
c. RS-232 hook up: Splice a CAT-5 wire from your control processor into the ADA Bus on back and you're done (Thanks Neil - Ceenhead).
d. iRule iPad control. Simply plug into the LAN ADA input from your router and control is there.
e. ADA SET UP SOFTWARE: Works wirelessly from your PC (or MAc with emulator) or via ethernet crossover cable.
f. 12 VDC trigger and low volt trigger (two total)
1. The piece simply works
. Can't take that for granted these days. No pops, clicks, HDMI issues, etc. As stable as an analog preamp. No gremlins. One nit-pick is that on occasion, the volume and video may get clipped for a second or two (or less) when swapping chapters. It has never impacted viewing or been an issue but something of note.
a. Unique feature
: Each HDMI input can be tweaked in power if HDMI handshakes become a feature. You can change the signal power (equalizer) from 'auto' to 'low, low medium, medium, medium high, high'. All 5 HDMI inputs are on auto for me. No issues. Nice for long runs or finicky cables, players.
via the ADA software (automatic 2-way) so you can see and hear changes to your set up on the fly. Works as advertised. A very slick programming interface. Never need to touch the front panel for programming (but it can be fully programmed from the front panel but more painstaking). You can save back up files in case of a crash.
:A great pass through. No up-conversion (thank-you). No changes in black levels (as was the case with my previous Halcro) and no signal modification at all I can see (or test). With 8 HDMI ins and 2 outs, you're pretty well set. Moreover, there is no internal OSD. This is by design so as to keep the video chain as 'pure' as possible. The front screen display gives all info needed (speakers engaged, surround mode, gain, dialnorm, etc) and can be set to turn off after 60 seconds or less.
: RS-232 wise there is no more commands for an SSP on any piece on the planet. There is direct control of every conceivable adjustment. I can't go into how much direct control of buried features there are but you can set some very precise macros. Amazing.
: Nothing comes close. You can store:
a. Up to 4 different speaker levels / delays memories. So up to four sweet spots can be saved for if you sit in the front row or the back row or wherever..
b. Save up to 4 volume presets. Turn on volume, volume when switching sources. Volume MAX (limit), Volume minimum (limit)
c. Internal full parametric EQ. Variable on a 'per input' basis.
d. Separate crossover settings for every input. Say you have a music mode and want to run your fronts at full range. That's fine. Movie mode, they can run at limited range at any crossover you pick. This is on a per source basis.
e. Virtual inputs (up to 20).
f. Custom Dolby movie and audio surround modes (change tone, reverb, etc). Highly modifiable - make the mode(s) sound exactly like you want it.
g. Ability to customize a surround mode to add only certain THX features of your choosing (e.g. decorrelation and/or THX re-eq, and/or timbre match).
g. Fully balanced
h. LAN (ethernet) input. Important feature on today's SSPs.
i. Too many other features to list
6. Customer service
: Top notch. I chatted quite a bit with Richard prior to purchase along with my dealer (Dave V. - Mr. Integration) and found both smart and customer oriented. ADA appears to be on solid financial ground as I surmised at their large CEDIA booth and progressive product line. They had many employees at CEDIA. I met both Richard and Dave V. at CEDIA (as wel las Curt Hoyt - Trinnov) and I can see these guys love this stuff. They have been around a long time and are moving forward with technology for those who want the best. Who else is releasing a new, designed fomr the ground up SSP these days??? Not many. Dave, my dealer... what can I say. Highly recommended.
:Fantastic. I have played a number of discs and even my wife prefers it. It is not quite as analytical as my previous Halcro. It trades that for a warmer, more authoritative tone. Very dynamic. Watching films at reference is a breeze and there is zero strain. Surround effects are far better refined and placed. I can hear the more nuanced effects that I couldn't before. Ambiance is excellent. Bass is right on with proper LFE implementation (+10 db). The unit is so quiet in terms of noise floor and it's internal fan is a whisper (though I wouldn't sit any closer than 5 -10 ft.). Center channel dialog is excellent... right up their with the Halcro SSP-220 (Halcro's biggest strength) and superior to the Lex MC-12HD I had for a month prior to getting the ADA.Things I'd like added to the software / wishlist:
1.The front display cannot be dimmed (this would be a nice feature the as blue display gives off a large cast to my screen that sits opposite to the Mach IV 28 ft away).
2. Also, I'd like to see is an option to have the OSD light up if any command is sent to the unit. I am not 2 way yet and I'd like to see modes on the OSD for example if I am scrolling and have the display set to off. Or to see the actual volume level if I change it.
3. Simpler software initiation. There are a number of steps to load the previous software (Update all, send all). Prefer a single button or better, an automatic upload of the player's settings upon software initiation. I'm sure there is a good reason for the current iteration.
4. Ability to toggle ON or OFF THX implementation. No way to do this. You choose a THX mode or another non-THX mode to get out of it.
Overall, a solid, well built, reliable, sonic feat... I'm keeping it. My SSP search is over!