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Pre-Pro Options for 2K -Empahsis on 2 Channel SQ: Anything other then the Onkyo/Integra's

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Hello All

I have a small room 5.1 channel (one sub) set up to be powered by a very nice bryston 9B. Im looking for a pre pro (or AVR with pre pro outs) with an emphasis on 2 channel listening as that will be most of my usage . Id say 70-30 or 80-20 at this rate. But i do watch movies

After doing the usual due diligence most of the "chatter" and or focus seems to be on the 5508/80.2. However, im also seeing a lot of posts that really like these units for room correction and movies but less then stellar things to say about the straight music side.
Given this and the fact that it is a behemoth sized component are there any other legitimate contenders here? Doesnt seem like the outlaw or acurus product will arrive until the end of the year.

Or is the answer to just buy the best deal on the onkyo for movies then pick up a real pre amp with HT bypass if i dont like the sound? (hate to add more boxes)

Anyone have anythoughts on::

NAD T187 refurb .....
used anthem avr?
used cary 11a?


Would it be insane to take a chance on the already known buggy and old emotiva and wait 6 months?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions
Edited by kbuzz - 6/11/12 at 12:21pm
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Bear in mind that there are two major camps with regard to audio quality. One insists that the appropriate digital processing, including room equalization, will provide the best results for both multichannel and stereo systems. The opposing camp prefers using minimal but high quality analog electronics between the source and the speakers. i.e. don't use a middle-of-the road AVR. Both agree that you should spend most of your budget on high quality speakers and that room treatments are extremely important, too.

You'll have to specify a budget to get the most appropriate recommendations.

Some comments:
The Integra 80.3 has replaced the 80.2
Onkyo seems to have gotten a bad rep for reliability in recent years.
The Denon 4311ci seems to be the most cost-effective high-end AVR right now (~$1.5K) Its replacement hasn't been announced yet.
Marantz is expected to announce at least one new pre/pro later this year, perhaps two.
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Seldon that you for your reply. The budget is 2,000 - 2,500 new or used. I will be addressing room treatment options soon. That issue is taken care.

More importantly, with my bryston amp and OHM walsh front speakers i am confident that my system is revealing enough and of significant quality to show both good and bad. In other words the front end and power are taken care ....

I am not biased towards either approach: minimalist or room eq etc. The goal here is to stay clear of over processed "mid fi-ish" sound that i can pinpoint to in my sleep after over 30 years of use of two channel experimentation. In other words, the pioneer avr im using as a test right now is NOT cutting it.

However, this is the first foray with multichannel so hence the post.
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In that case, I think you'd be happiest if you can get loaners to try out. Have you visited any of your local A/V stores to see if they'd be accommodating? Of course, they won't be as cheap as an internet purchase, but their services usually are worth the extra cost.
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