Originally Posted by Dave McKean
My real wish would be for Panasonic to make a 2 channel version with all the video and multichannel circuitry removed and maybe an upgraded ADC. It should also have a phono stage that adds the RIAA equalization in the digital domain. They could even have fun with it and make tube amp DSPs that emulate classic equipment like the Fisher 500 with tone controls and loudness. Give the thing an aluminum faceplate and I'm sure it'd be a hit.
Your wish was realized by Onkyo with its 2 channel stereo A-9555 integrated amp
. Yes, digital amplification with phono input. BTW, it just received a rave review in the October 2007 issue of Stereophile
magazine. Street price....about $500.00. Onkyo actually has a series of these integrated amps marketed overseas, but the A-9555 is the only one available in the US.
Pioneer is readying a similar high-end 2 channel receiver in its Elite line. It was just introduced at the recent 2007 CEDIA expo (pictured with matching 2 channel stereo CD/SACD player)