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Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson View Post

I have done exactly that for use with the SSP and a few other prepros.  However, what I was suggesting was to use one of the wide-band analysis functions simply to assess whether there were upper band issues that needed addressing.
Understood. That's a good idea.

I'll give the XTZ's "modal mode" a try on my main speakers to see what it says.
Edited by Roger Dressler - 11/28/12 at 2:39pm
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24/192 over hdmi works fine from my macbook pro

So it's either the Mini's hardware, or the os version (10.8.2 on the MBP, 10.8.1 on the mini).

Guess it's not the Classe
post #5043 of 5778
Quick somewhat off-topic question: Which hi-end pre/pro's on the market today should be considered (for sound quality, etc) alongside these:

Classe SSP-800
Cary Audio Cinema 12
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Bryston sp-3
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Bryston sp-3

Ah, ok. Thanks. Thread isn't so busy, so hopefully a brief excursion is ok. If there is a better thread for a pre/pro round-up, then please post the link. Much appreciated!
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I am wondering if any one has compared the SSP-800 with the new Marantz 8801 it looks like a killer of high end at almost a third the price of the Classé.

http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=AVSeparates&SubCatId=0&ProductId=AV8801

http://us.marantz.com/us/support/pages/manuals.aspx

Now if only Marantz offered it in silver in the US like in Europe!

http://www.marantz.co.uk/uk/Products/Pages/ProductListing.aspx?CatId=HomeTheatre&SubCatId=AVReceiver
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Finally, a Marantz pre-pro with XT32. Can it do Audyssey Pro?
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Has anyone read the threads on the Cary Audio Cinema 12, appears to have sync issues, pops ?
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Finally, a Marantz pre-pro with XT32. Can it do Audyssey Pro?

I think it does.
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Has anyone read the threads on the Cary Audio Cinema 12, appears to have sync issues, pops ?

Well, if you read the beginning of this thread you will find many speed bumps. I don't know for sure, but I believe that concerns with both the Cary and Classe were ironed out.
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Finally, a Marantz pre-pro with XT32. Can it do Audyssey Pro?

 

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I think it does.

It will.  Not yet.

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Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson View Post

It will.  Not yet.

Will you have a review soon?
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Will you have a review soon?

Working on it now but, as I said, Pro-compatibility is not available yet.

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Kal, is the Bryston still the best sounding unit you've heard?
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Kal, is the Bryston still the best sounding unit you've heard?

I thought it was the SSP-800 that was best sounding wink.gif
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Or the Cary 12?

I'd love to have a brief pro/con of the 3 hi-end pre/pros mentioned here so far. Looking for sound quality and not features/gimmicks.
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I have never had both the Bryston and the Classe in my system at the same time but I have had each along with my resident Meridian 861.  So if rules of commutative logic were to apply here, I would say that the Classe was more warmly balanced than the Bryston with the result that the Bryston's transparency was more striking.  The audible differences here, among all three, are really small compared to functional and price differences.

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I have the Classe SSP-800 on order. I want to buy an XTZ Pro II room Anaylzer, but the one place I found that sells them is out of stock.
Does anyone know where they have some in stock that they are currently selling?
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Guess I will have to be patient and hope it comes back into stock soon.
I sure hope I like the difference between the Anthem D2 with ARC and the Classe SSP-800. I am excited to get the Classe.
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This link shows 2 units in stock in US.
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Thank you Roger for finding some in stock. I ordered 1.
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Hope the SSP-800 owners won't mind, but Kal, how about a quick blurb on each of these (function/SQ):

Classe SSP-800 $8,000
Bryston SP-3 $9,500
Cary Audio Cinema 12 $5,000
Meridian 861 $10,000 - $20,000

Any other hi-end stand alone pre/pros to consider?
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Originally Posted by jh901 View Post

Hope the SSP-800 owners won't mind, but Kal, how about a quick blurb on each of these (function/SQ):
Classe SSP-800 $8,000
Bryston SP-3 $9,500
Cary Audio Cinema 12 $5,000
Meridian 861 $10,000 - $20,000
Any other hi-end stand alone pre/pros to consider?

Sorry.  Not going to do this.  My comments on the Classe, Bryston, and Meridian are available on the stereophile.com website.   I have no experience with the Cary although there are a few others that I have reviewed including the Anthem and Krell Evolution.  There are others that come to mind but that I have not tried: DataSat, Theta, ADA, ...........

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XTC sent me an email saying they were really out out of stock. They are waiting a container coming thru LA for new stock. With the dock strike right now, doubtful I will get an XTZ room analyzer this year.
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Originally Posted by jh901 View Post

Hope the SSP-800 owners won't mind, but Kal, how about a quick blurb on each of these (function/SQ):
Classe SSP-800 $8,000
Bryston SP-3 $9,500
Cary Audio Cinema 12 $5,000
Meridian 861 $10,000 - $20,000
Any other hi-end stand alone pre/pros to consider?
The Classe SP-800 is now $9500 same price as the Bryston. I'd also put an Anthem D2v in that group you listed. I think they all have their pluses and negatives. It's not easy for a consumer to compare and decide.
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KR- Classe SSP-800

KR- Bryston SP3

KR- Meridian 861, hm, not sure which article to link.

Would be nice to convince Kal to review the Cary Cinema 12. Anyone!?
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The Classe SP-800 is now $9500 same price as the Bryston. I'd also put an Anthem D2v in that group you listed. I think they all have their pluses and negatives. It's not easy for a consumer to compare and decide.

Thanks, and also Krell S-1200. I think both it and the Anthem have video processors.
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XTC sent me an email saying they were really out out of stock. They are waiting a container coming thru LA for new stock. With the dock strike right now, doubtful I will get an XTZ room analyzer this year.
I wonder if OmniMic is a viable alternative. I have never tried it.
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Originally Posted by Bigmoviefan View Post

XTC sent me an email saying they were really out out of stock. They are waiting a container coming thru LA for new stock. With the dock strike right now, doubtful I will get an XTZ room analyzer this year.

I was going to post yesterday that the reason was probably the strike. It's over now! I got hit once years ago waiting for my Italian bicycle frame to get out of the container due to the strike.
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Would be nice to convince Kal to review the Cary Cinema 12. Anyone!?
This review by Fred Manteghian seems to cover the bases well. It appears the Cirrus EQ system is still not ready for prime time, so I'd consider the Cary as an alternative to the Bryston. If EQ is something you want, then the Anthem, Krell, or Classe would be more relevant.
Edited by Roger Dressler - 12/6/12 at 12:10pm
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