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Looking for a good processor under $2000

Ok.i am thinking either an emotiva xmc1 or marantz av8801.music matters more to me.but some older processors can be had for a steal. Like krell hts,classe ssp 600,and lexicon mc 12b.question is do these old hi priced brands actually sound that much better?I have an oppo so that can handle the new codecs.

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Used Denon AVP-A1HDCI with the XT32 upgrade. That's $8.5k worth of excellent sound, as long as you don't need 4K support.
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Will take a look at that.okay.i found it but that thing is too tall to get in my rack.

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Used Denon AVP-A1HDCI with the XT32 upgrade. That's $8.5k worth of excellent sound, as long as you don't need 4K support.
I thought I read that the Marantz 7702 and 8802 have bettered it in SQ

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Ok.i am thinking either an emotiva xmc1 or marantz av8801.music matters more to me.but some older processors can be had for a steal. Like krell hts,classe ssp 600,and lexicon mc 12b.question is do these old hi priced brands actually sound that much better?I have an oppo so that can handle the new codecs.

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Emotiva is trash IMO, and the word is that they offer zero customer support; ask anyone who has tried to get some.

The Marantz AV8802 is not bad, especially if you use balanced cables to your amplifiers.

I would get a Bryston SP3 or Arcam AV950 if I wanted top sound quality, but they are not cheap.

There's not a lot of Corvettes or Porsches in the showrooms for $20,000, either; maximum performance isn't free.
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I disagree re: the XMC-1 as trash. IMO it can hold its own - for home theater anyway - with more expensive processors such as the Krell Foundation and Anthem Statement D2v, especially when taking into account differrences in price.

At the <$2000 price you give, that would be my top choice.

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The only thing holding me back on the emotiva is having to hook it up to a computer to use the room correction.i just have wifi.not sure if I could use a laptop? ?

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It depends on your connection & throughput speed. Emo reccomends a hard line, but simply because of the amount of data being transferred.

If you can stream movies and/or play games through your wifi, you're probably ok but caveat emptor

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Ya my WiFi is really good...never have a problem streaming movies or anything.i like the emotiva and marantz.i would think they are both pretty good given the reviews and people that have them like them.

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Emotiva is trash IMO, and the word is that they offer zero customer support; ask anyone who has tried to get some.

The Marantz AV8802 is not bad, especially if you use balanced cables to your amplifiers.

I would get a Bryston SP3 or Arcam AV950 if I wanted top sound quality, but they are not cheap.

There's not a lot of Corvettes or Porsches in the showrooms for $20,000, either; maximum performance isn't free.
Emotiva is not a company to introduce new gimmicks annually. They do offer some of the best after the sale support and warranty support in the industry. Read all the reviews about the poor service offered by most of the others. You will always get assistance form and English speaking person at Emotiva. Sadly that is not true of most others.

Hope the 8802 has fewer problems than reported with the 7702. Very slow turn around time for repairs if you can even get authorization to have it repaired.

Odd that you include Corvette in the maximum performance category.
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So for sound for 2 channel and sacd/DVD audio,would an old krell hts 7.1 or classe ssp 600 be that much better than the marantz av8801 or emo xmc1?

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I can whole heartedly recommend the XMC-1 . It does have a few small quirks for some people , I have not experienced any myself. You can call Emotiva and easily get Big Dan on the phone, I have spoke with him myself and he is a stand up guy. I know no other AV company you can do that with. Using wireless for Dirac is perfectly fine you should have not problems what so ever and the sound quality is the best my ears have heard. You get 30 days to try it so not too much to loose .
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I thought I read that the Marantz 7702 and 8802 have bettered it in SQ
Unlikely on the 7702, and the 8802 is not under $2000, per original request.
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