Originally Posted by pepar
Why is that funny? Have you done a comparison, blind or sighted? Or are you, like some that you are poking at, being influenced by what you have read or heard other people say? Is there no way the 5508 can be as good as an Anthem? Which Anthem .. they have at least two different quality "levels" .. ?
Just asking ....
Actually..I have not listened to the 5508
But I was just in my local AV dealer this after noon that carries both Anthem and Integra( as well as Krell, McIntosh, Ayre,Cary,Denon etc)
So..yes..I am very aware that Anthem has two different quality levels
One was a little more than twice the price of the 80.2 and the other was about 3 times the price of the 80.2
I listened to all three of them today in the showroom
Actually ..IF I was influenced by what people say I was say the 80.2 was the best thing since sliced bread with the new "highs and wides" and that the other stuff was just "overpriced".
Trust me..after listening today...I don't agree with what I have "heard"..I say that in reference to the Onkyo and Integra threads in this forum...truthfully I have not really read the Anthem threads. I would imagine if I read the Anthem threads the owners would say they have the best thing since "sliced bread" and their products are worth every penny they paid...
Though to be fair...I do believe the Statement D2V is the "reference" piece in preamps in many of the audiophile publications
According to the salesguy at Genesis Audio(Gahanna Ohio)...where I listened to the pieces today
The Integra 80.2 has the option of the custom Audessey programming that the Onkyo does not have
I have no idea if thats true...but they charge $400 for this optional service
Back to the Anthem..in no way did the 80.2 sound as good as the AVM50V or the Statement
In regard to Home theater...I would say the 80.2 was 85-90% of the AVM 50...and frankly the Statement sounded, to my ears, about the same as the AVM50
Both Anthems and the Integra were connected to their same brand, respectively, multichannel amp
Where the big difference lies was in music, I listen to a lot of contemporary jazz with instrumentals
Not even close...both Anthems all day long by a wide margin. If I assigned a percentage as I did above...where the Statement was 100%, I would say the Integra was 65% and the AVM50V 90%
The salesman suggested that some have bought a good 2 channel preamp for music...as he had done
For some reason that is not something I thought desirable
Now..if you want to talk $$...what I could not justify was the difference in price between the AVM 50V and the Statement D2
I would say the lower model(AVM50V) is 95% of the Statement...considering the aspects I am interested in. Things like the better video processing in the Statement are worth nothing to me..as I only watch HD sources and would prefer a 100% video pass through from the source material
So...the question could be...does the 5508 sound like the 80.2?
if I were a betting man I would say yes...if anything I guess the 80.2 should have a notch up on the 5508
The salesman told me the Anthem room correction was better than Audessey...who knows
This is a shop that does a lot of custom install business. In fact that is really their market niche...not the "walk in and buy a component type of customer"...so perhaps he knew what he was talking about
I have never thought a room correction program could make up the difference for big variances in component quality
So that is my take from listening to several units this afternoon
any other questions?