Originally Posted by byron69
I’m interested in you opinion comparing A16 and 8805.
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For what its worth here is my take...
First, let me say I do not consider myself a brand loyalist to anyone. I've been at this hobby for 30 years now and, since we are talking processors, I'll stick to that. I've owned the following processors in that time:
I make every effort to balance need/want, value, & price. Right or wrong I measure everything off the 8805. Mainly because, although it won't dazzle anyone with its specs, it does everything and it does it well. I'm going to compare it to the RMC-1 for a second just to clarify. I was really interested in that piece but it doesn't matter what the specs are, how good the dacs are, how many channels it can implement, what codecs it has available, what room correction it will have available. None of that matters if it cant perform the most basic functions well. So when I measure a piece it has to do the basics well first and then the bells and whistles become the icing on the cake.
The biggest flaw to me with the 8805 was Audyssey. I could not, for the life of me, get it to sound good in my room. I even went so far as to use a Wisdom SC3 in the system just so I could run Dirac to all 15 channels. The Bryston SP4 had the stability of the 8805 and the extras including Dirac made it an excellent bang for the buck in my book. To some, that probably sounds crazy talking about an upper 4 figure piece but we are all in this game at the level we are so it is what it is. I truly struggled with the decision but the Trinnov has always been on my to do list. I've always placed an emphasis on video and spent a good amount of money on projectors from Runco, DPI, & now Sony. As I've gotten older, audio has taken on a new importance for me. At some level it may have over taken video. So I guess, if Im willing to spend that kind of dollars on video then why should audio have different expectations. I will fully admit there are many on here with far more acoustical knowledge than me. I also fully admit that much of the functionality of the Trinnov is probably not being fully utilized in my system yet. That being said, I can also say without a doubt, it provides me with the most acoustical enjoyment of any piece I've owned to date. So much so that I do contemplate moving to an A32 at some point. Not because I think I will be additionally wowed sonically by its more expansive counterpart but because I may want to increase my speaker count. I won't even try to argue that, on paper, the A32 has better sonic capabilities. Just simply, for me...I don't care. Mainly because I honestly don't think I'd hear a difference. If I do upgrade it will be for channel requirements alone.
Is the A16 worth 3x the 8805...probably not. Is it worth 2x? Based on other market options currently available absolutely in my book. It does everything the 8805 did and does it well. The optimizer is light years ahead of anything else. It has every configuration option imaginable and it is upgradable. Again, basing this purely in my room after experiencing Audyssey, Dirac and now Trinnov. So in my book it becomes a question of is the extra $4-$5k of luxury tax as I'll call it for the Trinnov A16 worth the added enjoyment? For me it has been.