It's been a year now with my D2 and just wanted to share my feelings about what won the "Do I finally buy that motorcycle or a high-end A/V system".
My rig comprises of the D2, A5 for amp, Anthony Gallo Reference speakers all around with a MJ Acoutics Reference 200 Sub-Woofer, Devon 3800 for BD, ARCAM 137, (purchased while waiting for the HD war to end), Sharp D92 TV, HD-PVR from Rogers and good but expensive cables all around. Finishing it off was getting the ARC-1 at the beginning of this month.
Though I had to send the D2 back to Anthem once, Truetone in Mississauga, Ontario provided me with a temporary Pre/Pro to hold me over. They have been outstanding in servicing and support and are highly recommended. I control everything with a Aurora MX-950 remote from Universal.
Obviously, I have learned a lot from this forum over the year and become much more critical in my listening but what is providing me with so much pride in my A/V choice is the quality of sound and image the D2 delivers. I have friends and business associates that have come over for either a listen/see or for diner parties and often find someone in the A/V room just sitting in one of the chairs, listening to the music, enthralled with the quality of sound.
There are not enough superlatives in my vocabluary that can explain the quality of the ARC-1 tuned music and video that makes me join that person and take them on a audio/visual tour with music from the recently released, Anjani, Blue Alert CD produced by Leonard Cohen, (her voice is pure silk), To the Moody Blues, (Hall of Fame DVD), Simon & Garfunkel, (Old Friends DVD), Eagles, (Hell Freezes Over DVD), and then, to experiance HD with excellent surround, the just released BD, Master and Commander. One can clearly hear the rub of the cloth from the closely packed sacs of grain swaying back and forth in the hold as the night watchman makes his rounds. The gun battle has my poor guest on the edge of his seat, ducking as the 22 pounders crash through the ship.
I know this forum is primarily the bits and bytes, tips and tricks that make our D2 deliver what was promised but for me, I still want the bike, it is just in it's proper position, after my D2 based system.