Originally Posted by Blackdevil77
Looking forward to Wingnuts thoughts on the Anthem D2V. I just looked that bad boy up and that was one of the processors I was looking at. I remember why I didn't get it when I saw the price lol. If I had the money, thats probably the processor I would of went with. I like the Integra a lot, but I'd love to hear it side by side against the Anthem.
I have done so with my old 9.8. Repeating an earlier post, two D2V owners and I were hard pressed to hear a difference vs. the Pro calibrated Integra on SACD Mch classical disks via HDMI side by side in a top notch $100k system. The differences were extremely subtle, at best, so we gave up and called it a draw unanimously. The 80.2/3 are much better sonically than the 9.8 was, as I determined in side by side listening, but we have not done an a-b test of the newer Integras vs. the Anthem. I think the newer Integras would win fairly easily. Several people who have heard my system and the D2V systems separately, days or weeks apart though, think my system sounds better, though there may be factors involved other than the prepro.
Where the D2V has a distinct advantage is on analog inputs, which I do not use. Where the newer Integras have an an advantage for me is that they accept and convert DSD, and do so better than the Oppo 93's we all use. DSD into an Integra sounds better than PCM from an Oppo into an Anthem for SACD, I my opinion. I personally think, also, Audyssey Pro is a better EQ system than Anthem ARC, whereas ARC may be better in some ways than stock Audyssey.
So, as I have said before, if I listened to a lot of analog, the D2V might be my choice, as it was for my two Anthem owning friends. But, if I had to live with it and could not resell it, I would not want the Anthem in an even up trade. For my listening, about 90% classical music from SACD and Blu-ray via HDMI which is a very tough test, I am happiest with the Integra. I think the Anthem is very good, but I doubt it is worth the added money, unless you listen to a lot of vinyl via a really good phono preamp and phono setup.