Originally Posted by jayray
You got good advice from the dealer. The MRX 300 has preouts and Anthem Room Correction which will outperform those other receivers at or below it's price. Try it without the ext. amp. And if you need it add one. Not all dealers are slimy liars, some give good adviceCheck out the Amthem MRX thread for users impressions,
many of whom came from the models often recommended on this forum. The extra cost is well worth it. BTW, B&W owners have said they work very well with the MRXs.
Holy Crap batman!
Yes, I have been out of touch for a long time. Just reading the forum entries on the MRZ thread was almost enough to give me a headache. I'm relatively competent with computers, used to know stereo and home theater well, and am still the guy that people in the neighborhood come to when it's time to hook up a new tv or whatever.
Reading the MRX thread has informed me that there are levels of geekdom that I hadn't in my wildest dream even imagined. Not that it's a bad thing but.....
Do you really have to be an audio engineer before buying an AVR or preamp these days? The amount of tweaking goes way beyond casual use to put it mildly, charting frequency response, seeing if 1080p-24 gets passed through, firmware updates, etc. Is this an Anthem thing or does this level of attention have to be placed on everything?
OK,So I use an iPad, no laptop, and can't use the iPad on ACR. Therefore the Anthem is out of consideration?
That leaves the used Integra DHC 9.9 or selling the Adcom GFA 6000 and buying an upscale AVR, but hopefully one that you don't have to have an engineering degree to set up.
I assume the Integra preamp would deliver higher quality audio
than buying a new AVR and running it as a control unit only? Am I correct or delusional? If it doesn't and the pre section of an AVR is as good, then why the hell do pre amps even exist anymore?
An Onkyo TX-NR 709 has been suggested as that control only AVR and I see an Onkyo Factory Refurb with a year warranty for around $400.
As always, your comments are appreciated and don't be offended by the geekdom comment, obviously I am a bit of one or I wouldn't even be here myself.