Originally Posted by thebland
I see no video processing as a step forward
Most by an SSP of this nature for great audio processing. McIntosh is not known for VP and rightly, they stay out of it. The Anthem D2 thread scares me with all the repeated issues many users have. Too much crammed into one box... a master of none. IF you need a VP, there are many nice dedicated pieces. But as Blu Ray increases the number of titles, there is little need for a video processor as 1080P24 is the res of any display worth owning.
Your right if you live in a blu-ray only world. I however live in a TIVO, HD VCR and Laser Disc (Yes Laser Disc) world that needs help to correct their individual idiosyncrasies. After a new MICO 60 (waiting on) and $12k for this, allowing for a third party processor and the rack space needed to hold both is a major challenge. But, again, if the audio side can make a believer out of me, it still may be a player.
As for the D2v...your right about being scared. The unit, out for more than a year, still has WAY too many flaws. For Anthem, it is a half-step forward and one back with every firmware upgrade, beta or general release, they have issued. Well maybe it's not a step backwards, because they have never been able to get their other leg out of the deep mud hole they dug for themselves, so they just sink back!