Update 4/27 - Pictures from my cell phone of everything up and running:
I just purchased a refurbished NAD Masters Series M15 pre/pro with a 2-year NAD warranty from Amazon.com (Spearit Sound - whom I have no affiliation to or relationship with, other than being a very satisfied customer) for $1600, a DVDO Edge for $700 and a BDP-S550 for $379 (I also have a Tivo HD XL and an Emotiva XPA-3 driving KEF IQ30s and a KEF IQ60c center)
All you need is a Sony BDP S-550 Blu-Ray player to decode HBR/MA audio and route the signal directly to the M15 via separate analog inputs plus the DVDO Edge to process video. With this set-up, you have almost all of the functionality of a $3,000+ AV pre/pro but you're going to get much better video processing for SD signals, better sound quality (unless you're in the Anthem+ category and even then, SQ is debatable) and one of the best Blu-Ray players to hit the market. You can use the money that you save to buy a stand-alone active room correction device in the future too (they should be <$1,500 in the next 6 months at this pace)!
don't want to settle by buying an Integra DHC9.9 or spending more on a "buggy" Cary Cinema 11a or the expensive, but near-flawless, Anthem D2v:
Threads to pay closer attention to if you
SSPs that will do *everything* digital that you're not looking for :
Blu-Ray Players to research for DTS HD-MA capability :
DVDO Edge :
The thread that matters to me:
What are your thoughts? Did I do a good job?
I must say that it sounds amazing and the analog outputs from the Sony player sound better than the optical output.
Phase 2: a HSU Research STF-2 (might order today) and a pair of KEF iQ90s and an Naim NAP 150x amplifier [edited 5/1]
Phase 3: Stand-alone Active Room Correction from either Neptune, Trinnov or Audyssey unless I can sell the M15 and pick-up a M15HD for less than the cost of a separate (and the M15HD matches the ARC performance).
Pepsi Challenge between this set-up and my friend's stereo set-up which runs an NAD T175, Paradigm Studio 60s and a B&K Reference 200.2 (and vice versa with his T175 down here). He will have everything ready to go before the end of the week so it's just a matter of me carefully moving the M15 from my apartment up to his.
I am also going to do a
I'll keep updating this thread with more data points as we test. P.S. if an ambitious mod wants to clean up some of these "along-the-way" posts, I would appreciate it