Help Me Choose a Processor! D2v, 8801, 4520, or 5509??? - AVS Forum
View Poll Results: Which SSP would YOU buy?
Anthem D2v 0 0%
Marantz 8801 2 66.67%
Denon 4520 0 0%
Onkyo 5509 1 33.33%
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post #1 of 2 Old 12-26-2012, 10:05 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi Guys,

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:


Anthem D2V

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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

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Overpriced (IMHO)
Ancient user interface
No streaming
No USB
Definately showing its age
No DSD over HDMI
Buggy


Marantz 8801

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Many new features (Audyssey XT32, Airplay, etc)
HDAM
User inteface
Audyssey Pro
Copper shielding

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Pricey
No DenonLink HD
No AL24 processing
Not much offered over the Denon


Onkyo 5509

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Affordable
Great S/N and THD numbers (better than D2v)
THX 2 Ultra

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No Airplay
No Jitter reduction for HDM


Denon 4520

+

Best priced unit
9 Channel Amplifier thrown in for "free"
Denon Link HD for jitter reduction
New GUI
Most features of the Marantz
AL24 processing

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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!

-Brian

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post #2 of 2 Old 12-26-2012, 10:10 PM - Thread Starter
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One other factor I was considering. Is it true that Audyssey "downscales" hi-rez signals? For example, a SACD signal. I believe on the other hand that the Anthem ARC does not touch the bit rate. Anyone know for sure?

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