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post #391 of 393 Old 07-09-2015, 04:02 AM
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Do the 11a and the 12 sound similar when used for movies/bluray only through hdmi or does the 12 have that wow factor over the 11a?
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Do the 11a and the 12 sound similar when used for movies/bluray only through hdmi or does the 12 have that wow factor over the 11a?
I have both, and am using the 12 in my setup with the 11a in reserve. My impression is that the 12 does sound better, but both do a great job of surround and bass management. The 12 seems to have fewer HDMI artifacts. The sources to the 12 are an Oppo 105 that also processes DirecTV HD-DVR and a Sony XA5400ES. The Oppo connects via HDMI, coax, and 7.1 analog; the Sony via HDMI and XLR. I rely on the Oppo for Blu-ray audio, and am particularly fond of opera on Blu-ray, but music encoded in DTS-HD MA or Dolby True HD can be splendid. The Sony is used for surround SACDs.

The Cary is not used for stereo. That's a Parasound JC 2 BP preamp with an Ayre C-5xeMP and JC 3 phono stage as sources. The front LR from the Cary is passed through the JC 2 to get to the JC 1 amps. For a long time, the 11a served as the processor/preamp in the setup, and sounded very good, but the JC 2 brought a new level of transparency. That said, the 11a and 12 are very good for both music and HT with quite a bit of flexibility, and they can process surround DSD via HDMI. I used the direct from Oppo to amp setup, but I prefer the sound and greater flexibility with the Cary in the loop. I recommend either the 11a or 12, but I prefer the 12.

PS: I buy almost exclusively pre-owned components at half MSRP or less.

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dbphd;

Your reply is exactly what I wanted to hear/know. Thank you.

I have a wonderfully sounding Simaudio cd that would be used in analog pass through and movies through hdmi.
A simple set up that should have no issues.
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