Originally Posted by batpig
Is this not already here, with the 4311ci in "pre-amp" mode? Other than balanced outputs, what is it missing that the "hegemony" has? It has the absolute bleeding edge tech specs in terms of room correction (the latest MultEQ) and processing (11ch ready with DSX).
No bones about it, Onkyo/Integra (9.8, 9.9, 80.1, 80.2, SC5507P, SC5508P) has established hegemony (i.e. dominance) in the <$2500 pre/pro. Denon has basically ceded that market to Onkyo/Integra. And that is a shame, because Denon could beat Onkyo/Integra at that game. (Of course, all the whining AVP owners would bitch & moan if Denon produced a fuller featured $2500 pre/pro.)
As for what that 4311CI/A100 is missing, let me count the ways. No THX Ultra2 Plus processing. No Advanced AL24 (or AL32) Processing Multichannel. No higher end 24 bit (or 32 bit) DACs. No separate L/R sub outs. No balanced XLR outs.
BTW, Crutchfield is indicating that the A100 utilizes "16 separate PCM1791A 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters." If the citation is correct (and it is suspect), then Onkyo, Pioneer, and Yamaha are using higher end, more expensive Burr Brown PCM1795 32 bit or PCM1796 24 bit DACs, while Denon is once again clinging to the same old PCM1791A part. Yeah, DAC specs at this level are probably inconsequential. But this still smacks of penny pinching when the competitors are using newer, higher spec'd DACs.http://www.crutchfield.com/s_033AVRA...00.html?tp=179