Mike, no I'm nothing special
, just been around here since the late 90's. My old userid got lost so I had to create a new one.
I picked up my black STR-Pre in July after the Anthem sent the dealer a 220V model.
Got in on the $800 discount thing.
I too went with a somewhat local dealer as I'm not keen on the closest dealer.
OT but if I'm positive about buying something, if a deal comes up even though I might not be "ready", I jump on it.
I have looking at this Pre for a long time but thorugh reviews I trusted were scarce until the Audioholics one.
The STR integrated had been reviewed by lots of sites.
I have lots of previous experience with Anthem having owned 2 D-2s and an A5 amp.
The 2 early user reviews for the STR-Pre on Crutchfield are total bull*****.
To me the STR-Pre offered performance and functionality not available anywhere else, especially for 2 channel.
Anthem doesn't upgrade or introduce product lines until significant improvements are included.
I've had a D2 in my dedicated theater\music room since it came out.
A bit long in the tooth as far as computer interface\UI and surround features but it's a testment to Anthem design that performance and build quality are still solid.
Love the look, UI & build quality of the STR-Pre are killer.
The computer interfaces, apps etc., have all been updated to current norms.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to actually listen to it yet.
I've finally scheduled floor finishers in to cap off a down to the bones living room reno.
I'm looking forward to getting everything moved out of every nook and cranny I've shoved them and getting it put back together again.