Originally Posted by Dennis Erskine
I've owned a Syn system as well...(don't any more), customer service was non-existent. I do know much of what is a Syn system today is different from a few years ago. None-the-less, it is alot of money with an outdated SDEC and a sorely in need of an update surround processor. I'm not telling anyone not to get one, just there may be better choices out there until the electronic basis of the entire system is somewhat more contemporary.
You're an AVS Moderator, an AVS Gold Club Member, and a practicing professional, all impressive credentials, none of which I have. Yet I will offer you a different perspective in the interest of friendly dialog.
There are five factors that are important to me. I'll pose them as questions.
1. Do I find the sound irresistible?
2. Will it integrate well in my space?
3. Can it reproduce my current, extensive media collection with a high level of accuracy and control?
4. Is there anything looming on the horizon that I'm interested in that will be impossible to integrate once I make the choice?
5. Am I willing to spend money on technology I don't intend to use in the hope that someday I might?
Your personal and professional measures are different than mine, though we may ask ourselves similar questions as we process a decision. What I have done is answer these questions (and lesser ones, to be sure) for myself, spend a decent amount of money and time seeking a system in my price range that meets those answers, and purchase it.
I'll spend another $25k on room reconstruction and sound treatments and a few grand more on some source upgrades.
For the amount of money I planned to spend and for the intended uses I planned to put it to, there was nothing else I wanted at the end of my search. Nothing else was close. The SAM1HF and SAM2LF modules were without peer.
I didn't get the SDP-40HD; I opted for the lesser SDP-5 as I couldn't justify the extra expense. If at some time down the road TrueHD or other options become widely accepted, adopted, and distributed, then I can easily incorporate the necessary equipment, which will be improved and advanced at that time. I'm not willing to gamble on it now. I've done enough of that in the past, and I'm not willing to buy something solely to be able to say I have the latest and greatest.
Your opinions are reasoned and based on experience, and I respect that. They do not reflect my priorities in making this decision, which after long deliberation I am happy to have made. Fortunately for both of us you will never have to come to my house to listen to it.