I have a budget of around 10Ku$s for a pre-pro and found a couple of used RS20i for around this price, including H555 decoder, HDMI 2.0b option, and Dirac Live.
For this budget, I can get a new Lyngdorf mp-50, top of the line Marantz, Emotiva RMC-1, NAD M17 v2, etc. but I after reading some reviews I have the impression that the RS20i will be waaaayyy better pre-pro at this price point. I'm not coming here to discuss this, I'm already convinced myself.
After reading the following review from HomeTheaterHiFi
I got the impression that in order to perform the initial setup you'll need to hire some expert from Dataset, and if you want to continue tweaking the system, it won't be as intuitive or straightforward as other [already mentioned] pre-pro.
Here is the thing, my system is very simple 5.1, not Atmos, no multiple subwoofers, nothing to worry about. I do have plenty of experience setting up pre-pros and room corrections (but Dirac Live will be my first). I never had any major issues that a little tweaking and reading (forums, manual, articles) couldn't fix. My experience was (and is) always relatively pleasant and most at all, fun.
Am I getting into a completely different world buying a RS20i? A very steep learning curve, need to call experts, etc?
I know at the end is a personal decision, but I would like to hear the opinions of people who have a similar experience, coming from something different into the RS20i world.
Thanks in advance,