Originally Posted by Bghead8che
Hi Guys I have been going back and forth between the Integra and the Anthem D2V. I posted the following in the Anthem forum but as I see it the Anthem has some significant drawbacks when compared to the Integra:
1. The D2V is three times as expensive as the 5508.
2. Does the D2V have any type of networking or the ability to stream music? I assume you would have to buy a dedicated music server with the D2V whereas you would not if you owned the 5508. Am I correct?
3. The D2V only EQs one sub correct? I know that Audyssey can EQ dual subs.
4. The firmware upgrade process on the D2V is a pain.
5. The interface on the D2V is old school compared to the 5508.
6. The D2V does not handle SACD natively, correct? In other words an SACD signal is converted to PCM. By converting the signal to PCM first do you not lose the advantage of the higher bit rate of SACDs defeating the point of an SACD?
7. My number once concern is the D3. I read some posts going back nearly a year talking about the D3. Is the D2V about to be replaced by the D3? I'd hate to pay this much only to fork out several thousand more for the D3? What's the scoop on the next model?
Lastly, perhaps nothing more than an academic concern, the Onkyo 5508 measure better in terms of distortion, SNR, channel seperation, etc. according to HT Magazine.
Have any of your debated between purchasing these two processors? What made you go with the Integra/Onkyo over the Anthem? I may be missing something but right now I can't seem to find a single advantage of going with the D2V even though I can get it at a great price. The D2V is upgradeable however for the cost of the upgrades I could buy a NEW Integra every year and still have money left over.
I'd appreciate any thoughts or feedback. I really can't decide which one would be better!
As I have posted several times in this thread, a D2V was found a couple of years ago to be insignificantly different in sound quality to a Pro calibrated 9.8 by two D2V owners and myself. That was with classical Mch SACD's. By all means, search for my previous posts.
The 80.3 is significantly better sounding than the 9.8 was. So, I conclude that the 80.3 would sound better via digital inputs in a side by side comparison. I do think the D2V has an advantage - not a huge one - on analog inputs. But, you are quite right that in terms of other features, the Integra/ Onkyo has the advantage, not to mention price.
With regard to accepting DSD, you are correct that the Anthem does not handle that natively. But, that is not a big deal, because the 80.3 must convert to PCM for Audyssey, bass management and speaker distance correction anyway. So, with the Anthem, the player does the conversion instead. With a Oppo player, I find having the Integra do the conversion does sound noticeably better than the Oppo's conversion, however.
But, except for the remaining uncertainty about not having heard the two side by side, I think you have an excellent understanding of the differences between the two. I have frequent listening experience to my friends' D2V's and they to my own and another friend's Integra based systems. The Pro calibrated Integra systems in question are every bit as good sounding, if not better than the Anthem systems. The Integra owners who have heard these systems have no regrets whatsoever and have absolutely no desire to "upgrade" to an Anthem.
The Anthem is good. But, even if I had the money to blow on it, I would not, personally, do it. So, I suggest you just pull the trigger on an Integra or Onkyo and get Audyssey Pro. You will not be disappointed in the least.