Originally Posted by Joelc
As far as the above commentary goes is it in respect of an 861V6 versus i) an 861V4 or ii) an ADA Cinema Rhapsody MACH IV B.
I found it to be true for both (with the 621). But with the v6 much more so.
Let's say we put the Mach IV as a reference and add detail/accuracy/soundstage on a scale from 0 to 10, while 0 is the same as the Mach IV.
v4: +1 detail, +1 accuracy, +3 soundstage
v6: +10 detail, +10 accuracy, +4 soundstage
v4 and v6 are really totally different beasts. I personally could not imagine to go back to a v4 now. Even if it may sound like I'm bashing the Mach IV, I'm really not. It's an excellent processor, in my opinion it's much, much better than any Classé, Krell, Lexicon, Halcro, Primare and a bunch of others. Anyone shopping for a new unit and not considering it is making a big mistake in my opinion.
What I'm saying is based on audio quality only, not on ease of setup, software or features. For some there might be deal killers where the Mach IV has the better features and the clear choice to go for it (like 8-channel PCM vs. 6-channel only on a 861v4).
I think you will be very happy with your choice, it's truly an excellent processor. And as you have pointed out several times, it might be a whole different game in two years. You could throw out the Mach IV in two years, buy the best available then and still save money compared to other processors today.
Originally Posted by GGA
Isn't the problem that to maintain full digital resolution the digital outputs must be HDCP encrypted? Meridian gets around this with MHR encryption. I don't know how Tact and Theta do it. What type of digital input do the Adam Audio speakers have?
From what I've been told, AES/EBU up to 192kHz and 24 bit. Don't know about encryption. I have not played around with these. When I spoke to them earlier this year they told me that it would become an option on most professional monitors and the bigger home-series speakers (Gamma, Beta, Alpha). I'm not sure what the current status is, but back then their biggest dealer offered me to get whatever Adam speaker with digital inputs I'd like (if available) and put it side by side for me with any Meridian speaker I'd like to compare it to. I didn't have the time to take him up on his offer yet, but I hope to and fly in a day or two once I have a little more time at hand.