Originally Posted by progprog
Hey, everybody, I've been sitting here reading this thread for the past hour or two. Downloaded the AVP manual and been jumping around through that as well.
I'd been shopping for a pre-pro for 3-4 months and was leaning heavily toward the Anthem D2. But finally, frustrated by the unsettled state of affairs in these products and not wanting to commit $7000+ to a component that might be obsoleted in the next few months, I decided to buy an Integra 9.8 to use for a year or so, or until the "ideal" unit appeared.
Long story short: Just got the Integra about a week ago, and I'm pretty disappointed. HT sound is quite good, 2 ch is middling at best, and features are extensive for the price, but the Reon video processing is very rudimentary and inflexible. I was thinking of trying to return it to get the Anthem, then I started reading this thread.
The AVP features and capabilities sound amazing. (I had read about it months ago, but it sounded like vaporware at that time.) I've noticed that much of the recent discussion here has focused in 2 ch performance, while HT is about 80% of my usage. But I'll throw out a few questions, in case anyone has any thoughts.
- Has anyone done much HT testing yet? I think the AVP has a more advanced version of Audyssey than the Integra, and I'm curious how you guys like it. (The user set-up, not a Pro intall.)
- I use Sonos throughout my house, so I was really excited by the apparent integration. Is there any degree of control over Sonos playback via the AVP, or does it just display the track info on the front display? The manual gives no Sonos-specific info.
- Have any of you started delving into the video processing functions yet? The manual seems to indicate that all processing options can be set & saved for each input, and I'm looking to confirm that. Any comments on the PQ of the Realta processing, especially compared to other processors, is welcome.
- It also looks like any given source can be associated with any audio source (a nifty feature of the D2). Is that true?
- Finally, is this thing hard to get? I got the feeling a bunch of you had been waiting a long time for it.... Is that because it's new or is Denon kind of dribbling them out? And does it really go for the $7000 MSRP on Denon's wesbite?
Sorry for so many questions, but this unit looks really appealing. Thanks much for any comments or feedback.
I also was in the same position many months ago, trying to decide between the Anthem D2, upcoming Classe' SSP-800, and Denon AVP-A1HDCI.
After carefully looking at what features and options were available on each unit, the only one that did all that I needed and wanted was the Denon AVP. And like you, I also watch more movies than listen to music. But at the same time I wanted a pre/pro that would not only give cutting edge sound for DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray, I also wanted it to offer great sound for 2 channel when I do listen.
I have put the AVP through its paces on many movies, and the results have been nothing short of amazing. DD, DTS, DD+, TrueHD, DTS-HD high res, and DTS-HD MA are the best that I have heard on any system. The sound quality on the lossless soundtracks is expansive, very dynamic, very detailed without being harsh or bright, and is easy on the ears
This is what I had been dreaming for, and I'm happy to say that the AVP delivers in spades.
I have not yet tried out the Audyssey feature, but will definitely give my impressions when I do.
I do not use Sonos, and will be straming music from my PC or possibly a NAS. But I'm sure that there might be other AVP owners that do use Sonos that could chime in.
Haven't fiddled around too much with Realta yet, but from the few adjustments I did make I noticed an even richer picture. I plan to delve into the setting a bit more this week.
Yes, any given source can be associated with any audio source. I saw this in the on screen menu options, I didn't try this feature but it is indeed there.
Right now It may be a bit difficult to get (as only so many were shipped to dealers). But if your dealer didn't have any pre-orders to fill, you may stand a good change at having him get one for you. But even if not, the second shipment of these pre/pro's will be around the middle of April. And there are quite a few dealers that are only selling these at full MSRP ($7,000), but some are discounting at least 10%. Expect a bit more of a savings once these units become more readily available.
Sorry that I wasn't able to answer all of your questions, but I hope that I have helped a little.