Originally Posted by NODES
The IgorZep posts in this thread?
I am here, just visiting here rarely and will be far from computer at least the following weekend, going to listen for a lot of live blues at Augustibluus
As to the review... All that is said is true, but it seems some of the problems are specific to some set of units only (I suppose it depends on region, but this is speculation, I am in Europe) as other people here measured their 818 and found no described issues with Audyssey. On the other side the issue is absolutely consistent and 100% reproducible on my side and other people in Russia measured their units and problem is definitely there and also consistently reproducible.
On the other side I've tried Marantz 6007, and when it is fed with music through HDMI input the sound is so dead... And even some acousic instruments are changed to the level you cannot identify what is the instrument. Like cannot tell that drum is a drum... While it is playing normal through internal player, so I cannot think of anything except the jitter. Crazy stuff going on with expensive equipment these days! At least you can do something with 818 to fix or at least tame it's problems.
I am currently looking to the new Denon X4000. It looks very much like the 818 done right on the paper at least, I have no chance yet to audition it, but looks promising...
Also, I've assembled Hypex NC400 recently, and with those two modules it seems all the problems with SQ of 818 are gone (well most of them, at least on two channels)... If 818 without biamp+active crossovers can distort badly at -20dB already and often sound is quite fatiguing even at -30dB, with biamp+digital crossovers it is much cleaner, but still fatiguing near the reference levels... When driven through NCore from 818 preout it is crystal clear on any level I set including above the reference, it really doesn't bother what is the input, what is the load and what is the volume! So... finally I am able to listen at reference. But on the other side just these two NCores are more expensive than the whole 818 with its 7 amps
So, here is my today state of things
And... waiting for this Emotiva XMC-1
thing with Dirac Live also