Originally Posted by pepar
It'd be interesting to hear on what you base your "another league" assessment, but then that would take us way off topic and either bore or anger the members on this thread.
You might be able to tell from my post that I don't put gear into categories based on price or legend in the marketplace. A lot of smart people make a good living at branding, positioning and all of the other "black arts" that get people to spend more on something than it is really worth.
Go and audition an Anthem Statement
That is exactly what I meant by another league
That...IMO..is the best sounding preamp I have ever heard...it excels in both digital and analog domains( and anything and everything else I could throw at it)
I have not heard the Denon piece...so I cannot comment on it
It seems they have manufactured it to an "ultimate" standard...based on the extensive level of "best of the best" parts it contains against pieces like the Anthem....which also have those "cost no object" components
I don't put gear into categories and make assumptions either...without actually having my ears be the judge
To give you an idea of what I have
Onkyo PSRC885 preamp...a Sherbourn 5/1500A amp( 5x200) and an Atlantic technology 350 THX ultra speaker system
I spent a few dollars on it and think it sounds good.
HOWEVER...I heard a home theater that consisted of an Anthem preamp, McIntosh amps and Klipsch THX ultra speakers , last weekend, that puts mine to shame on every level
No surprises I guess.....as it was likely $8K( or more) than the one I have
As far as spending more on something that its really worth
That argument could be used for anything
For instance..I am 100% certain you can find someone who would say their $299( you fill in the brand name) receiver sounds better than the Onkyo PRSC 885 does
I am 100% certain I would not feel that it sounded better than the Onkyo...but you can always find someone that says you wasted money and there is no difference..
Perhaps those are the "smart" people you mention that are doing the branding and positioning
So to use your term..."black arts"...its works well no matter what you are looking at...
Like I said..I like the Onkyo...have I heard better?..absolutely
For the price...especially refurbished directly from Onkyo...I have zero complaints