Originally Posted by lovinthehd
I'm more curious how it is possible for a power amp to do what you describe rather than the preamp/dsp it is being run by....
No DSP used.
Every output is set in Denon's "Pure Audio" mode.
Originally Posted by gsr
Possibly because it's an old model that has been discontinued? A quick Google search found reviews from 2005.
Yup, that's the one.
On another note... You guys really ought to lighten up a bit and give oink a break. If he's happy with using his Emotiva amp(s), that's all that really matters. When someone says they did an A/B comparison, it doesn't always mean they followed strict scientific testing. The way he worded the "A&B test" in his post, I took it to mean that he simply tried it both ways. Most people don't have the equipment on hand that would be needed to perform a rigorous scientific A/B test between 2 amps. The follow up posts seem awfully aggressive in telling him that his opinion is wrong and are veering into what really belongs in the Audio Theory forum.
Thank you for the kind word.
Please allow me to explain how I did the comparison:
1) Because the 4520 does not have balanced XLR outputs, I used RCAs between the 2.
2) Although my HT room is small, I do have a 7.1 setup, with front speakers 12 ft. away from the listening area.
3) I did not use the Denon's Audyssey room correction software (not opposed to it, someday I'll probably give it try).
4) I used my trusty ol' Radio Shack analog sound meter.
5) I used a BD I am very familiar
with (Fellowship of the Ring).
6) I spent an hour switching back and forth between the 2 sets of amps.
7) Afterwards, I asked Ms. Oink to set and listen and tell me which sounded best to her (she is a trained classical musician with perfect pitch).
8) She re-affirmed my impressions.
Guys, I'm not trying to pick a fight....seriously
There is no need for any panty-bunching.
Just to be clear, I have purchased more Denon equipment in the last 20 years than any other.
I have been a high-fidelity lover for more the 40 years.
I know what my ears tell me.