Originally Posted by Nick_si
It says on their site that the refurb stuff retains the same factory warranty as a new unit so what is the worst that could happen... and your $850 wont buy you the same level of features and performance in another flagship model anywhere else...
It comes down to this. I cannot afford a newest pre pro or receiver with pre outs. My main focus of the upgrade is HDMI in and out and trying to keep Logic 7 decoding. If I am going to give up Logic 7 I will be looking for a pre amp or receiver with pre out that will have 9.x or 11.x capabilities. Cost wise, that will be out of my budget for a few years yet I figure. It may also shake out that it does not catch on and the feature is dropped and focus is made on other things like home Atmos decoding.
I have developed a habit of buying my audio stuff used, or referbished. That has allowed me to have a lot of great audio gear at much more affordable prices. I don't expect everyone to adopt this habit, but I am enjoying the journey it has me on.
I really do like the sound of HK. I bet I would really like the sound of a Marantz too, but I am kind of stuck with wanting to stay with Logic 7 for now. I decode it from TV audio from my Directv DVR that is has Dolby Digital turned off. I am of the opinion that a lot of matrix tracks can sometimes carry even more surround information after the audio mix guys have a bit of fun with it. I have heard stories about such goings on. I would A/B the sound track of Stargate Universe and my ears heard a lot more interesting stuff in the Logic 7 decoding than in the Dolby Digital decoding. If I understand right, the matrix track can be embedded in the front stereo track of a Dolby digital track. This allows for backwards compatibility with older matrix decoding. I also understand that the 7550 can overlay the Logic 7 decoding on any of the audio tracks. I find that attractive. So I can get the 7550 now and work towards 11.x later when it comes down in price. If it is going to be in flag ship stuff today, it will be had at lower prices tomorrow when that gear is available at lower prices or available in lower end models.
Yes, I could buy it and use the warranty if needed. I am just hoping that someone can tell me "I have had no trouble" or tell me "I bought it and there was a lot of bugs still." I just want to avoid the hassle of sending it back.
I just want a wee bit of peace of mind that I can sit back and just enjoy it. I also know life isn't perfect and electronic gear can hicup. I just want to know if the hicups are more rare than what seems to be having gone on in the past.
I also read where some have had a HK and bought a different name brand and were a bit put off by the new sound. They ended up sending the new one back and getting an HK again. I am not sure I want to put my toe in that pool right now.