Originally Posted by madhuski
Are you also interested in Atmos? If not, couple other good contenders out there
First - I am not trying to start a flaming war on any brand.
I am only trying to express below, my preferences so that some of you can direct me to a good processor.
I was a fan of Anthem - until I read about the (too many) issues it seems to have, on it's thread. I had put in an older Athem, 10 years ago, at my friend's house and I found it to be equal in audio quality, to my Lexicon MC12B. At that time, the Onkyo/integra was being hyped as having all sorts of "bells and whistles.. and amazing processor".. Unfortunately, I had sold my older MC1 to buy that Integra but the Integra was sub par - sounded like a typical mass market receiver - terrible, actually! I got rid of it right away. It is a pain to have to install, test and then sell.. I would rather buy a "keeper" and keep it for 5+ years.
Others, who had owned the Lexicon mc12b had suggested a current generation Onkyo/Integra but I refuse to even try it.. based on my prior bad experience.
There is something about Anthem/Lexicon, which makes them much superior in audio quality - at least as compared to the yamaha/sony/Onkyo brands that I have experienced. Japanese brands like Sony/Onkyo et al offer a great value for the money and I like them just fine, for "casual" family room use with small to medium speakers.
For my home theatre, I would prefer the Meridian,Lexicon, Anthem etc.. - just to name a few.. How ever, most of them are at a high price point , except the Anthem AVM 60 - Around $3500?
Considering the (too) many issues on the Anthem AVM60 - from networking connections to firmware updates to ARC issues. It is simply not worth the trouble - for me.
I have never tried a maranz and I cannot say whether it is any good or not..
Based on my comments above, can someone point me towards a processor, as good as Anthem AVM 60, in the $3500 price point?