Are you kidding?
There is a HUGE difference in SQ between high end receivers and separates.
I've had flagship Onkyo, Integra, and Yamaha receivers in my system and none have come close to separates as far as sound quality...
Based on your opinion, its called the placebo effect.
If you use the 7.1 discrete analog inputs that your AV9 already has you can let the DVD use its own internal decoder for HD...
So first you say that a pre/pro is superior then you want this guy to run the decoders of a DVD player?
Im not saying a pre/proc version of a reciever is better. Im saying the best sounding units ARE procs.
I need XLR connectors, not the cables ,they are already there. XLR is standard with this type of install, thats why hi end procs include them. Also for critical timing apps XLR digital is the ONLY option.
The noise floor is zero and has to be, as SPL is very high. Its a standard arrangement with reference quality monitoring systems at the kW output level. Each individual speaker has over 1.3kW of power and undistorted SPL's close to 130db.
There are no reciever versions of the best units. The best possible reciever is a long way short of extracting the best from a full range Genelec system.
Can we please get back on topic and avoid disagreement.
... I was just after some unit/company names, nothing else.
You just think that the pre/pro will sound better based on price but you might want to look into the unit itself and see how similar it is to a receiver. XLR offers nothing over no XLR other then better noise rejection and since you are running pro audio they use XLR because of the very long runs involved but you do not need to run them for your setup. RCA digital is 75 ohm and XLR digital is 110 ohm and you might want to read up on that unit and make sure it is 110 ohm.
But it is your money and you can buy what you want, don't assume that a pre/pro is better then a receiver just because other high end guys say it is.