Originally Posted by DS-21
My Denon AVR-4308ci/A died on Christmas (all digital audio died, only 2ch with no D/A conversion works) so I'm looking for a new box. I'm annoyed that a $2000+ box from a major manufacturer requires $550 in repairs after just a few year's use, so I'm thinking a "high end" company may provide better durability over time than a "mass market" one. With ARC at a reasonable price, on paper the Anthems stand out above anything else I've seen. And I like the fact that they include specifications such as preamp output voltage for all channels in the manual.
But before I pull the trigger, some questions.
(NOTE: I don't feel like asking their local dealer, because based on past experience I do not believe they have an acceptable level of competence to answer technical audio questions.)
(1) Do these AVR's allow any overlap between the mains and sub? While the ideal would probably be allowing a range of blend (i.e. subs get everything below ~150Hz; mains have a highpass at maybe 60Hz, for almost an octave of overlap in the modal region but still the protection of a HP for the mains) an equivalent of "LFE+Main" in Denon-speak (or "DoubleBass" in Onkyo-speak) would work. (Not interested in comments that a blend is undesirable, as they are based on a flawed understanding of the physics at play in bass reproduction in small rooms. I'll be using multiple subwoofers placed and set up per Dr. Geddes' methods, prior to running ARC.)
(2) Is WinXP installed on the latest version of Parallels still considered a no-go for ARC? Having to install Boot Camp would be a little annoying, though I guess I would do it if I had
to, assuming I can find my old XP disk.
(3) Does Dolby Volume offer an option for loudness compensation (i.e. bass boost at lower volumes that progressively declines as one approaches "reference"), without any dynamic compression? That is to say, is there a Dolby Volume analog to running Audyssey DynamicEQ while leaving Audyssey Dynamic Volume off on a box equipped with the Audyssey suite? Snark if you want, but I've found Audyssey DynamicEQ really helps expand the "ideal volume" from a point to a range with much music. It's the most impressive part of their software suite, IMO.
(4) Any issues in using a Harmony One to control it?
(5) Is there any reason at all to look at the 500 or 700 over the 300, given that I have a fairly simple system, with the following five source components:
-Two A/V HDMI inputs (Oppo BDP-83 for DVD-A, AppleTV)
-One component that uses HDMI for video and optical for audio (my old MacBook, which is now a media server)
-One component that uses optical for audio and nothing for video (the OTA HDTV tuner in my TV)
-One stereo analog source (phono preamp)
I've never used HD radio on my dead Denon box, and obviously, I can get internet radio off of the AppleTV and Pandora off the MacBook.
Also, while I'm currently using smaller speakers, when I move I will pull out my reference LCR mains, which are 96dB/W/m (bespoke design with Dual Concentric driver from Tannoy System 12 DMT II). But at any rate, the difference in power seems too small to care about, given that the '300 tested at ~83W/5ch/8Ω and ~165W/2ch/4Ω, and under the same conditions by the same reviewer the '700 was a whopping 0.54dBW higher into 8Ω with five channels driven ~1.5dBW into 4Ω with 2 channels driven.