Originally Posted by Joost80
Zeven channel driven test of the Denon 4311 is 62 watts. (See www.audiovision.de
and then the test-archive section). it will be enough but nothing to writed home about. Don't get caught up in the avsforum XT32 (4311) hype. Some reviewers favour MCACC as do i. The 4311 isn't, imo, build like a 'flagship' tank. Don't disregard 32 bit dac's. No content for it is what people say, but the sound in the Pioneer is upsampeled, just like a 12 bit deepcolor videochip resamples color information that results in smoother color rendering, for example. Personally i find the Denon sounds like someone has put a towel over the speaker and the Pioneer as if someone has removed it. I did demo'd the two. The D3 amps sound highly dynamic and smooth. Have wisdom with your purchase.
well I had a 2 1/2 hour demo switching between a SC55 and a SC35 today ...
I tried the SC35 first - thought it sounded rather good - if a bit smooth and warm (but powerful). Switched over to the SC55 and immediately it seemed to drive the large speakers (2 channel demo only this was so that I could switch between the 2 amps quickly) better, more bass, but what was more immediately apparent was how much more open the SC55 was - like a cover had been removed.
that said - at times the sound didn't sound quite coherent - hard to describe really.
switched back to the SC35 - and the difference wasn't quite as accute as before, it sounded good,powerful, but still reasonably "warm" - definately less bright than the SC55.
switched back to the SC55 again - and still sounded more open - perhaps less powerful - but definately more hifi than the SC35
overall I preferred the SC55 - it reminded me more of the sound I got from my previous 59TXi and Arcam AVR350.
that said the SC35 is $500 cheaper as on clearance
I think I still prefer the SC55 - but its definately a different sound
one thing -I'd definately disagree with any review that stated the new D3 amps sound "dark" - definately sounded brighter than the ICE amps of the SC35 to me.
note all EQ was off, all sound processing like Standing wave, Hi-bit etc - all off, and was driving full range speakers without a sub
tough decision now - even harder since i'm getting a demo of an Anthem tomorrow
then theres the 4311 to consider (which I'll struggle to get a demo of)
oh and the clerance SC27 I found