Originally Posted by blafarm
I've looked at a slew of AV Processors to complement my existing 7.4 Triad Gold theater speakers and Parasound Halo Amps.
However, I can't find one that does not seem to have numerous complaints associated with it (performance, firmware/software reliability, interface, remote, etc ...)
I could stay with my current 7.4 configuration -- or upgrade to 11.x Dolby Atmos.
But I just don't see a clear favorite in this category.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
I would highly recommend the Anthem AVM60 processor retails for $3k. It supports dolby atmos, dts-x, hdcp 2.2 for 4k video with hdmi 2.0. Great sounding ht processor. The ARC (Anthem Room Correction) works extraordinarily. It's probably one of the best room EQ calibration. It is one of a few auto room EQ calibration that actually worked really well. For multi-channel (movies) and with ARC engaged the AVM60 performed better than the Marantz AV8802 and the Classe Sigma SSP and sonically it rivals the much more expensive Classe SSP 800. The Classe processors (Sigma SSP & SSP 800) sounded better for 2ch or stereo performance for listening to music or when used as an analog stereo preamp. But all Classe processors lack automatic room EQ calibration software and instead provide manual PEQ, which will require proper tools and equipments and thorough knowledge on how to implement it.
But if your main usage is for home theater then the Anthem AVM60 would be a perfect choice and will pair well with your Parasound Halo amps. Which Halo amps are you using?
The Marantz AV8802 and the Classe Sigma SSP would be another great options. When used as an analog stereo preamp for music the Classe Sigma SSP will sound better than the Marantz AV8802.
But for home theater (surrounds) the Marantz is a lot easier to set up than the Classe. If the Classe Sigma SSP is calibrated correctly and properly using its manual PEQ, it will perform better than the Marantz AV8802 with its Audyssey Platinum Suite engaged. But their surround sound performances for movies are pretty close.
But I would look at the Anthem AVM60 first and foremost especially if your main usage is for home theater. Its 2ch performance for music is on par with the Marantz AV8802. And as an added bonus, the Anthem AVM60 is the cheapest of all three.
The Marantz AV8802 retails for $4k and the Classe Sigma SSP retails for $5k for the original version, and $6 for mkll version with Dolby Atmos, DTS-X, hdcp 2.2 for 4K video and hdmi 2.0.