Originally Posted by blazar
Way too many devices are selling due to cosmetics as opposed to brute force measurements and capability. And this is fact.
this is not correct at all, all audio stuff are designed with a target customers in mind and if you sonically you are testing the dac's in both equipments the classe "to my ears" is more accurate because of this I bought it. many user will buy stuff that not needing for example I not need more then 5,1 channels processor so DTS X or dolby atmos never will be in my list, I was looking for better performance in concerts and movies and I found it with the AV8801 and a 50% of the retail price is a bargain.
if you are looking to exceed audio performance and "musicality" I don't think that you will get it with the 8802 but with a SSP-800 or high end processor you will be. if you want a good audio performance with multiples options, room correction, dolby atmos and 13.2 channel handling so the answer is easy "8802".
BTW classe CP800 have magnificent performance with technical aspects and I hear a small hiss if I put my ear 1" from my tweeter and to 1 feet I couldn't. when I did the same test with the AV8801 in my center and surround speaker the hiss is even lower than my front speakers(I bypass the CP800 when I listen multichannel content). maybe I'm wrong but low hiss noise is not a accurate measure of quality of equipment.
My HT: B&W 804D fronts, HTM4D center, 805D rears, Classe CA-2300 Main amp, Preamp Stereo CLASSE CP800, Preamp Multi Channel Marantz AV8801, A31 parasound center and Surround Amp, Source Oppo BDP-95 screen Samsung 55" UE55d8000 SVS SB12-NSD
Stereo: B&W 804S fronts, Pre: Denon AVR-2809CI amp Rotel RB1582.
Last edited by leo2498; 02-27-2015 at 06:30 AM.