Hello again to you all!
First off, I'm totally greatful for ALL your replies... thank you David, Bob, AVFILE, thestewman and everybody else
I greatly appreciate that... as I mentioned before, I can't say that I have a lot of experience from working with advanced pre-amps or different signal sources.
Still I have been reading a lot on internet, I'm for example pretty aware of the quality of different sources based on what I've learned on-line... the problem for me has been mainly understanding how Anthem D2v works and how signal conversions/processing behave in order to choose the best possible components with regards to what I'm able to use for my purposes.
Also please understand that all the possible connectivity alternatives being offered by different components as possible peripherals to D2v are new to me! In all honesty I've just been using my RF antenna cable tv connected to an old 25" heavy SDTV up until now, so I'm just trying to learn how to upgrade myself.
Acquiring the Anthem set was my first choice after reviewing hundreds of different pre-amps out there. Opportunity came up, I was offered almost half price for a D2v-P5 combo from a serious dealer (as a good gesture since they had to swap my Kuro 600M monitor three times due to non-funtioning units delivered twice which took them about 6 months to get right, although it was Pioneer who was to blame and not the poor dealer)... he simply agreed to contact another Anthem dealer abroad and got me the Anthem combo-set without making any profit on it just to make me happy... otherwise I probably had never bothered to buy an Anthem set as my first pre-amp ever because how complicated it is to set up and I knew that I needed some more experience at first!
First I was gonna make multiple quotations to answer and comment on different members but I instead number them down here...
1. The basics: I live in Sweden. In my country despite being a west-European EU country, there are no Anthem dealers. As a matter of fact there is not much of an anything unless you happen to live in the capital city of Stockholm and you're lucky to find a private enthusiastic hifi dealer with some connections who would go through a lot of trouble to help you out and get some more exquisite hifi or professional gear. There is no comparison to other countries like UK, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, US, Japan, Australia or such. Normally there is almost never any opportunity to even see or listen to a more high end professional gear prior to your purchase... so I'm kinda limited. Also I love high end stuff and everywhere I went on line I found Anthem to be one of the best components out there so I took the deal and I'm very happy as well!
2. The analog cable tv I'm offered for free gives me the main 14 channels here in Sweden for free. As a matter of fact, the cable company provider Com Hem which is one of the three biggest tv/internet providers here in Sweden is THE only company offering tv/internet via cable (I believe it's called over the air tv in US?).
I know it's an analog signal... but Com Hem has not put any definite date for terminating their analog tv signal being offered yet... because of the fact that there are virtually millions of people in Sweden who still use the cable connection to their old tv even if they do own a flat tv panel...
Digital boxes here in Sweden are basically always bought in conjunction with subscribing for a digital broadcast. There are maybe 2-3 companies who own like 99% of the whole market. The subscription requirements are usually expensive... but beyond that, they force you to sign for a 24 month deal right from the start! And THAT is my major gripe why I don't want to sign for a digital tv subscription... There is no way to break such deal, even if I want out after 9 months they will force me to pay something like $200 per month for the remainder of the time.
3. Also, I just found out that none of the providers can even offer me HDTV! So I won't be able to have HD channels... the only real alternative would be to set up a sattelite dish and get myself a S2 compatible digital box... for my little apartment that is a too much of a hassle and even companies providing sattelite tv generally require a 2 yr deal subsription...
Now I DO watch a lot of tv and sports. That's why I need the opportunity of having a tv signal somehow. I could have bought the Pioneer kuro 600A version instead of the monitor set I've got, but just for the tv tuner I would have got myself another useless separate box and would have paid a lot of premium price, so I skipped that.
4. Now, I figured that the CHEAPEST way for me to go here since I don't know how long I'll be living in my current apartment and sinice I don't want a 24 month digital tv deal forced into my throat just in order to have a functioning digital box receiver (without a subscription to one of the major providers I can not use a digital box anyway), and since my major use for my set for the time being will be 98% normal tv broadcast and not so much movie watching... it would be enough for now to be able and use the analog cable tv signal I already have in my apartment and settle for that.
5. So to simply answer David's question about my poor source being fed into a $10 k gear... is that I NEED the tv-signal! And for the moment my only choice for a tv signal is the analog cable source. I mainly need to use the VCR/DVD combo for the sake of it having an analog tv-tuner... a separate dedicated analog tv receiver would cost me a lot more to buy. I'm not planning to use it as VHS or DVD source... I just need its analog tv tuner. I had an old VCR-only set as well but its tv tuner seems to be broken. I WILL however in the future complete my high end system with everything from HDTV to blu-ray player subs several more speakers etc... but that will be a couple of years away...
6. Thestewman, I did not know about that usb-HD/TV sticks... so basically it will work as an analog cable tv receiver inserted to a blu-ray set which can be then sent to the D2v? Is the analog tv signal somehow processed or the USB port is just a means of signal transport to the blu-ray player? Also, AVFILE mentioned in his post that a component connection may not work since that connection out from a DVD/VCR set most probably will not carry the analog tv signal and will probably only carry DVD signal out ot the player... then maybe a component connection is not worth the try then??
As a last note I would like to say that I managed to connect the VCR/DVD combo via a composite for now directly to my monitor and got out the sound via D2v... and BOY only the sound itself blew my mind and the source is just a lousy RF antenna cable
Since the VCR/DVD combo I was planning to get seems to have a DVD only exclusive component out which most likely will not carry out a tv signal, I'll either buy a blu-ray player and get a RF-USB adapter to go with it or I'll look to find a very cheap DVD/VCR player with tv-tuner and a mandatory S-video output to let D2v's VXP would make the processing of course
/SebEdited by Bittornado - 4/14/13 at 10:41am