I finally bought the Classe CT-SSP pre pro, CT-5300 amp and CP-800 Pre DAC. I am using the CT-SSP for movies and CP-800 for 2 channel computer audio via its USB input. I am using the B&W 803D2 speakers for fronts, 805D2 for surrounds, HTM4D2 for center and PV-1 for subwoofer so this is a very B&W Group-centric system.
It took me awhile to connect the components together, but I got help from a B&W rep that was demoing the CP-800 at my local stereo store. He mentioned that the CP-800 Ethernet upgrade will be offered around September, 2012 and will cost $500. All new CP-800 units coming from the factory with the Ethernet upgrades will cost an additional $500. The current units will not have to be sent back to the factory, but will be upgraded by a technician (?) coming to your home and installing the new hardware / software.
For those with an SSP-800, he also mentioned that a new version is being worked on now and will be coming out in about 1-1.5 years from now. Current SSP-800 units will NOT be upgradable to the newer unit, so this will truly be the next generation preamp processor. I'm not sure why he mentioned this because it might hurt current sales, but I assume most people don't want to delay their purchase this long.
Anyway, I have a question regarding speaker configuration. You can change the name, distances, levels, size and crossovers. The distances are pretty straightforward. Regarding the sound levels, do I just buy an SPL meter and follow the instructions below from the owner's manual? Also, should I set all the speaker sizes to Full Range and do I need to adjust the crossovers?
The Levels menu allows you to adjust the output levels of the speakers. An SPL meter should be used from the primary seating position to ensure that each speaker delivers the same sound pressure from a given test noise audio signal. Touch the Noise Seq button to activate the noise generator; the top of the menu now states Levels Noise: L - indicating that the test noise is being generated on the front left speaker. The test noise automatically moves to each of the available speakers, as indicated by the menu title, and continues to rotate around the room until the Noise Seq button is touched again.
To modify the actual levels, touch the speaker you want to update and then adjust the level using the increase and decrease buttons. Set the SPL meter to C weighting and Slow response. Each speaker level should be adjusted until the SPL meter reads 75dB at your main listening position.
I was also going to buy this SPL meter below. Would this work or does anyone have a better or cheaper recommendation?
American Recorder Technologies SPL Meter:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=AIMZUKBRH6H15