Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson
Lack of popularity is not an indication of lack of value or usefulness.
... neither is mass popularity. I was just stating a fact.
And one can also argue that merely having separate components is no guarantee of superiority although that is a common perception. There is, also, the economy of a single chassis and power supply that could shift the outcome of the price/value comparisons.
I never said it was a guarantee. I was merely making a point that just because this unit has a feature that another may not does not make it better. The proof is in the pudding as they say. Even in a single chassis unit as the HK, they try and separate components as much as possible. For example, having dedicated transformers for the amp and preamp sections or shielding between separate digital and analog sections. So the philosophy of discrete components is usually
a distinction of higher quality equipment. Whether that be all in one chassis or separate chassis all together.
I am of the opinion Room EQ is almost always essential when it comes to HT. For 2 ch use, I think it is equally useful, especially if it is the same room. Acoustical treatments and, if necessary, room EQ are better investments in sound performance than an equivalent investment in hardware, including speakers. Take that! (I used some of your words.)
We'll have to agree to disagree here. I would always advise someone building a system to put as much as possible into the speakers as you will get the most audible increase in sound quality. It is easier to upgrade other things later including room treatments, cables or whatever.
P.S.: I am expecting an HK990 for review soon. We'll see.
I look forward to reading it. Please post a link in this thread when it is done.