Originally Posted by Shaun B
On the one hand we have a 7.1 AVR and on the other hand we have a 7 channel power amplifier that is made by say, MacIntosh. If there are multichannel cooties as you seem to suggest, how does the MacIntosh avoid them?
On the one hand we have a 7.1 AVR and on the other hand we have a 7 channel surround processor that is made by say, MacIntosh. If there are multichannel cooties as you seem to suggest, how does the MacIntosh avoid them?
High-end brands use better quality components.
Really? I already documented where the same product is sold as both a mid-fi brand and a high end brand. Do you think that Oppo has two bins of resistors, one marked "Crap we pass off on our faithful Oppo customers - may they rot in..." and the other marked "The good stuff for Lexicon"?
Reality is that most components are commoditized. For example I just bought 50 1% (highest common precision for industrial production) resistors for $4 dollars postpaid. Obviously, in production volumes they run pennies a piece or less. There's no reason for anybody to skimp on resistors if it matters.
Better quality DACs...
Reality is that DAC price/performance has improved to the point where items costing only a few dollars exceed the best that existed a while back. The DACs don't necessarily set the performance limits in audio gear, and the electronics don't set the performance limits in your audio system.
better quality power supplies.
Same argument. Just because there is a bigger engine doesn't mean that its a better car. If you have enough power so that your power amps don't clip in actual use, further upgrades to the power supplies won't help. Besides if you want amps with really big power supplies - check out the professional amp market. There power amps go up to 14 KW and they will eat your favorite high end amp for breakfast!
Also wouldn't separating the components improve quality of performance? A dedicated processor or power amp vs an all-in-one?
It's time for you to do your own research. You do know how to use Google, right? ;-)
You seem to be very hard to convince by providing real world facts. You just sloughed off a post that was full of them. You want to tire me out and have me ignore all of your posts? That can be arranged! ;-)