Originally Posted by MC Maniac
Certainly very good questions Mike and I imagine everyone who has decided on this preamp has asked the same things..
My gear is comparable to yours - have a pair of Mac amps with a pair of Mark Levinsons. I sold my Lex MC12B ver 5 as I had a buyer although I would have liked to compare it against the Denon but even that would be difficult..
The guy who bought my Lex is VERY happy - he had an MC1 - bought the Integra 9.8 - was very disappointed with the 9.8 and sold it..
the Integra is a great bang for the buck unit and will sell lots because it gives many finally an affordable way to get into separates..
Selling my Lex and not wasting $$ on an interim upgrade to a MC12HD, makes the Denon an easy choice for me..
I will be truly shocked if for any reason I'll miss the Lex from a sound quality perspective..
Not so much the Denon AVP vs the 9.8 - more of this Denon vs the Lex, Classe, Theta,and Halcros - just what will the others offer SQ wise, to justify the extra costs and UNKNOWN waiting?
We are thinking alike here. Theta has been a huge disappointment and had I gone with the original Casablanca with its "guaranteed" nonobsolescence, it would have cost me far more than the money was there to pay for and would have been a huge mistake. Classe' has a new pre/pro that is about to come out, but both its design compared to my classic Mc pieces as well as its SUBSTANTIALLY higher costs than the former model will eliminate it for me. Halcros are definitely out of my price range. I refuse to wait for the MX138 and even IF I were willing to purchase an MX138, I predict that it will not do anything better than the Denon and Mc is a fabulous analog and amp company, but they lag behind on digital and have not always IMHO made the best decisions on their latest pre/pros. It appears that pre/pros have become a throw-away piece due to obsolescence and thus, spending huge sums on high end source and processing pieces does not, for this person, make sense. For those with deeper pockets, then they likely will have different opinions. I just cannot believe that the very high end brands of pre/pros no matter what brand, will have features or quality of digital sound higher than that of the Denon for double or triple its cost, after all, lossless is lossless is lossless and the main difference (other than feature sets and overall design, touch and feel) are the DACs since up to that point, everything in the digital domain should be identical in sound quality. YMMV of course...
I have asked Pioneer Elite IF they were going to market the pre/pro part of their fabulous SC-09TX receiver (amps are basically separate), but they will not even respond to my query.
ANOTHER concern that I have, IF the bigboys are waiting in the wings for another year or two before bringing out pre/pros, then I worry a bit about it being too soon for the other brands to bring them out -- what mistakes are being made and what mistake would I be making were I to purchase a Denon -- I cannot listen to one since nobody in the Kansas City area stocks them or has one in an audition room, so my purchase would be based upon comments in this thread and magazine reviews.
Speaking of magazine reviews -- have there been any magazine reviews of the new Denon pre/pro??