It's funny how in that thread you link to they ask, "I wonder why in this day and age McIntosh decided to use XT instead of XT32?" [paraphrased]
I'd point out that it's obviously because the Marantz AV7005
uses XT, but half of them wouldn't even understand why I was bringing up a competitor's unit that had "nothing to do with the conversation", and the other half (who would
understand what I meant) would be infuriated that I would even suggest that the two were largely the same design, barring a few modifications, so I don't think I'll bother.
I can hear it now, "Oh, but those mere 'modifications' (as you put it) make a world
of difference to the music's texture and fluidity...."
Yeah, yeah, whatever.
Keep your sighted listening evaluations and regurgitation of your favorite, audiophile, "golden-eared" gurus' expert analyses to yourselves, folks. I'm only interested in science.
On a side note, I see from a Google search, for another extra grand, $7000, there's also a blue gunk and tinfoil version. Oh brother. [Not to imply McIntosh, a company I respect, resembles those
con artists even remotely
in any shape or form. I just thought to point it out, that's all