I am in the market for a new SSP. The processor will be paired with a Anthem P5 amplifier and Salk Soundscape speakers. I am considering the following:
Can be upgraded
ARC (can be tweeked and sounds great)
Great sounding preamp.
Good S/N and THD measurements.
I can get it for around $4K
Ancient user interface
Definately showing its age
No DSD over HDMI
Many new features (Audyssey XT32, Airplay, etc)
No DenonLink HD
No AL24 processing
Not much offered over the Denon
Great S/N and THD numbers (better than D2v)
THX 2 Ultra
No Jitter reduction for HDM
Best priced unit
9 Channel Amplifier thrown in for "free"
Denon Link HD for jitter reduction
Most features of the Marantz
Not a true preamplifier so signal quality might not be as pristine
I have a seperate amp
Requires Denon BD player in order to use Denon Link.
I am truly stuck on which unit to get! Right now I'd have to say I am leaning towards the Denon because it seems to have all the features I need at 1/2 the price. I am worried about the unit not being a true preamplifier, however. The Marantz looks good but I can't justify the higher price unless, of course, it sounds better.
Which one would you guys get if you were me? I can afford any of them so cost is a secondary consideration.
Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts!