Originally Posted by Hi-Res
I am about to upgrade my system. My choices are narrowed to the Denon AVP-A1HDCI or Anthem D2 V2 D2V2.
There are some features that the Denon has that I prefer, ... e.g. ability to use the Denon link with my current Denon 3930 ci player (to avoid the DA and then AD conversion), an optical audio output to connect to a second room, more inputs, etc.
I would be interested in anyone's thoughts between the two products. Does anyone feel that one is better? In particular, is there any reason to prefer the Anthem D2V2 over the Denon? I am more interested in audio than video capabilities, as I listen primarily to SACD and DVD-Audio, with only occasional movies.
If you are into high-res audio, then I can heartily recommend the AVP!
It was one of the goals in my system to achieve superlative multichannel audio, and while I had made great progress towards that goal over the past 9 years in my dedicated listening room, the addition of the AVP and Audyssey Pro brought it to true climax.
The soundfield cohesion brought on by absolutely time-coherent speaker and room-correction is astounding.
Listening to really good DVD-A's like Porcupine Tree's 'Fear of a blank planet' is a near religious experience
Member Larryy asked some of these questions over on the AVP thread
, so I'll cross post some of my answers here:Room Correction
Larryy, these are all great points everyone is making, and I'll expound on one I feel the most familiar with, which is room correction.
As Danielo notes, the Audyssey solution is part of an overall system that is tightly intertwined and dependent on deep knowledge of not only room measurements, but real-time data like volume, source mode options, etc.
A feature like Dynamic volume totally depends on those to provide the most natural compression processing I've heard (and I have extremely sophisticated audio processors downstream to play with for comparisons).
Features like Dynamic EQ (not available on the Anthem) are really transformational, as they allow for balanced frequency response at lower listening levels. Your ears (and family) will thank you for that
All the above build on the unique design and implementation of Audyssey room correction, which (to my knowledge) is the only mainstream Room corrector to use Finite Impulse response based convolution (FIR) to provide correction in both frequency and temporal domains. It is the ability to do the later that is absolutely key to why Audyssey (when well setup) yields the best results of any room corrector to date.
Most other RC's are IIR parametric EQ based, and while the improvements they can make in a room are notable, they still can't do true time-domain dynamic correction. They at best do static delay alignment.
I could go on for pages on why this is critical, but will summarize with this: Getting
is as (or more) critical to correct soundstage re-creation as is good Frequency Response.
Since you have MartinLogans (as I do), then trust me, you will need the temporal corrections Audyssey delivers. By their dipole nature, ML's energize the room with plenty of reflected (and delayed) sound, some of which could be tamed to produce a more coherent soundstage and a better FR.
See some of my postings on this topic over at the MLC.
Bottom line, an AVP, when setup using Audyssey Pro (which I use) yields the absolute best, most coherent soundfield you'll ever hear from your system in your room. The seamless integration between the various Audyssey features means program material is always enjoyable, whether a private listening session at high-volume, doing background listening or watching a movie late at night, they will all sound great and will maintain familial harmony
Larryy, in your compare and contrast with the Anthem, there is yet another major attribute of the AVP you should consider:
If you play CD/DVD/DVD-A/SACD physical media, then you should care about getting the cleanest, most pristine, low-jitter information exchange between the player and the preamp.
No other vendor in the market offers a totally jitter-free, fully digital transfer between player and processor for ALL the formats I listed above. None.
And if you're willing to pony up for the upcoming BDP-A1UDci ($4,500/July) or BDP-4010UD (est. $2,000/Oct.), then you can add BluRay PCM to that list as well.
What the Denon product family offers is the option to link up via DenonLink and achieve this long-sought-after goal of the perfect' digital transmission between transport and processor.
Therefore, if these kinds of ultimate perfection goals are something that matters to you, then it would lead you to seriously consider the Denon AVP and an associated DenonLink enabled player.
With DenonLink players starting out at under $500 street price (DVD-2930), not sure why one would choose to not get this advantage.