Originally Posted by Steve Martin 2
They cant be serious, 5.1.2 is laughable in 2017. This is definitely not targeted at serious home theatre setups. 5.1.4 / 7.1.2 is the absolute minimum for a home theatre today, and anyone even half serious is going 7.1.4.
I would have considered the Sigma but it will be excluded by me and many others because it simply doesn't compete, looks like the Arcam pre pro will be the one to get for high end setups.
Does anyone know of any reason why Classé would release such a sub standard product?
Who ever said this device is aimed at dedicated home theater setups? Certainly not me in the article I posted. It's utility comes from compact size, high-quality balanced 2-channel capability, and flexible configuration for 8 channels including proper parametric EQ. Also, it'll never appeal to the price/performance ratio crowd, so that's not even a discussion.
The funny thing about critical comments regarding products such as these is that they come from both directions. If I use a Classé system to review a $500 pair of bookshelf speakers, suddenly people want to give credit to the electronics if it's a positive review, the implication being that they can't achieve the same level of performance unless they also spend as much on electronics. Then there are the folks who insist that even electronics that have better specs don't actually sound better because the threshold for what humans can hear is the limiting factor. It's kind of a no-win situation given how difficult it is to "prove" anything in an online discussion, even if you go down the road of a properly executed double-blind test.
Ultimately, it's the nature of the beast when it comes to online comments that people attempt to be snarky, clever, and critical. It's all good, that's practically the lifeblood of any community. But it ignores the fact that different people's needs vary, as do their financial means. This is a system that's the right choice for someone, but it's not a mass-market product.