Originally Posted by MUDCAT45
Seems the answer to all my questions is no.
You can't make an objective comparison the way you did it.
Different rooms, different speakers, not level matched, different combination of amp and processor.
How do you know that one amp sounds different if you did none of the above?
I am sorry
I thought I was more clear in my answers
The answers to your questions is yes...
To add to this...I used my own source material cued up for chapters/tracks where I wanted to listen for specific timbre of sound from both vocals and instruments
Both demos in the same sound treated room at the store
Now...you can add what I didnt do and perhaps some conspiracy theory
Did I bring my speakers to the shop and utilize them with all the combinations.?..no
Perhaps my personal speakers could have made the Integra sound closer to the Anthem.
Doubtful...but its possible
Do I have the same room treatments as the the store did?
No...so perhaps the room treatments made me hear nuances I would not have heard at home and the units would have fared more closely
Again...doubtful as the room treatments would have made both units sound better, than my home, but the differences I suspect would have remained consistent
Is the Onkyo version not really a clone of the Integra and actually sounds better ?.
So.. the unit I have would have actually have sounded closer to the Anthem than the Integra did?
bottom line...I am 99.99% sure that the differences I heard would have remained consistent among any combination
And...again..its a moot point since the Anthem combo wasn't really in my budget anyway