Originally Posted by jrj127
Sorry, I was not knocking your review! I understand it was for an audience geared towards audio. Did you do any comparisons of the video performance while you had the 1572? I ask because of my large DVD collection.
I did not take it as a knock. OTOH, I am somewhat constrained by two factors. One is that it is, indeed, an audio magazine and we have a sister publication that deals with video and HT. The other is that I am not a video person because I lack any enthusiasm for it and because my vision does not qualify me to comment on it.
Would you be able to comment on a comparison between the Rotel and the Integra 80.2 even in just audio terms? Is there a clear winner overall or is each unit good in different areas? I read your July 2011 review of the 80.2 but obviously the 1572 was not out at that time. My application will be a Denon Blu-ray player sending everything via HDMI to the processor to do all the work (CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD-Audio).
I prefer the Integra, not so much because its basic sound quality is much better than the Rotel's but because its facilities, including XT32, allow it to sound even better.
You wrote positive things about Audyssey XT32. Does the Integra let you view and tweak the XT32 EQ settings for each channel or are you just stuck with what it gives you? I like that the Rotel gives the user control of the EQ.
Why? Audyssey EQs each channel individually and, although there is no way for a user to modify the EQ (unless one has the Pro kit), there is no need to. By comparison, what is achieved by the PEQ in the Rotel is merely adequate.