Originally Posted by Steve Bruzonsky
What were your top three and why? Did you demo all three?
I usually try before I buy and unless it's not possible, always in my system. My Top 3 are:
- Meridian 861v6
- Tact Audio MkIII
- ADA Mach IV
Turntable is a good point, I'm not an analogue guy (anymore). If I'd still use analogue sources for music, I'd probably add a 2-channel analogue pre-amp to the chain. I personally ended up with the 861v6. Why? Because it sounded best to me.
Is it worth to spend $30k for a processor that handles movies? Depends on what you want. Now, the Meridian is a little more expensive in the US compared to the UK. But personally, I'd be happy to pay some additional money for the added performance. The difference is not small in my opinion.
But I completely understand those who want to save a few bucks and go somewhere else. Those are all excellent processor and one could easily replace a Mach IV or Mk3 in two or three years, buy something new and still save some money.
The Tact brings some interesting options, which the others don't have. Like digital inputs and up to 192kHz digital output (Blu-Ray ripping and copy protection removal necessary... not legal). The Meridian only allows a digital chain with 96kHz and only with Meridian speakers, while other digital speakers are limited to 48kHz. Unless one chooses the analogue output cards. The ADA is analogue only... so choose your poison.
As stated above, since I'm not using analogue sources, I'd personally pick one of the above listed processors over the 707. But again, that's just my opinion.