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Help deciding on a processor for high end HT

I am having a custom HT built and all I lack is the processor and amps. I have all Triad speakers. 3 LCR, 4 in ceiling, 8 in wall and 4 total subs. My local AV dealer is pushing hard for me to purchase the Anthem AVM 60 processor. It only has 11 channels though, and he was going to combine some of the in wall speakers to make it work. I am also considering the Acurus Act 4-20 which costs much more, but has enough capability to power all channels along with being upgradable among other features. The Anthem does have an advantage in it's auto calibration system, but then only 11 channels. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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High end has a different definition to many.

The Anthem AVM 60 is a $3,000 component.

To get expanded channel count you will need to spend $4,500 (Arcam AV40) to $25,000+ (Trinnov Altitude 32 w/16 channels).

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I understand. If I did go with the Anthem, what can I expect to be different experience wise? Looking for real world explanation of how my movie watching and listening experience would be different and how noticeable it would be. Thanks.
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Well that is tough to say.

The Anthem AVM60 will bring you in the world of Atmos.

There is a thread on the AVM60 in the Audio Forum of AVS "Receiver, amp and Processors"

Much information there on a variety of options.

This section of AVS discusses more advanced and thus more expensive options.

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There is a thread on the AVM60 in the Audio Forum of AVS "Receiver, amp and Processors"

As well as threads on the plethora of new 16 ch processors coming soon.

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High end has a different definition to many.

The Anthem AVM 60 is a $3,000 component.

To get expanded channel count you will need to spend $4,500 (Arcam AV40) to $25,000+ (Trinnov Altitude 32 w/16 channels).
Depending on how much you want to spend - ( not in any particular orders for not an exhaustive list by any means )

- Marantz AV higher end series
- Anthem
- ATI new upcoming ATP16 ( based on Datasat LS10 I believe )
- new McIntosh (16 channel) being released
- Storm Audio
- Trinnov Altitude 16 ( instead of More expensive and more channel version of you want to save money)
- new Theta digital processor coming out

I have used Anthem receiver with ARC , Datasat LS-10 , currently use Marantz AV series in family room and Trinnov AL 16 in theater . Trinnov for me hands down is the best of them all . Again no AB comparison . Just my impression for whatever it is worth .
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As well as threads on the plethora of new 16 ch processors coming soon.
As mentioned other options are covered in that forum.

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Depending on how much you want to spend - ( not in any particular orders for not an exhaustive list by any means )

- Marantz AV higher end series
- Anthem
- ATI new upcoming ATP16 ( based on Datasat LS10 I believe )
- new McIntosh (16 channel) being released
- Storm Audio
- Trinnov Altitude 16 ( instead of More expensive and more channel version of you want to save money)
- new Theta digital processor coming out

I have used Anthem receiver with ARC , Datasat LS-10 , currently use Marantz AV series in family room and Trinnov AL 16 in theater . Trinnov for me hands down is the best of them all . Again no AB comparison . Just my impression for whatever it is worth .
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Emotiva (one day maybe)

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Depending on how much you want to spend - ( not in any particular orders for not an exhaustive list by any means )

- Marantz AV higher end series
- Anthem
- ATI new upcoming ATP16 ( based on Datasat LS10 I believe )
- new McIntosh (16 channel) being released
- Storm Audio
- Trinnov Altitude 16 ( instead of More expensive and more channel version of you want to save money)
- new Theta digital processor coming out

I have used Anthem receiver with ARC , Datasat LS-10 , currently use Marantz AV series in family room and Trinnov AL 16 in theater . Trinnov for me hands down is the best of them all . Again no AB comparison . Just my impression for whatever it is worth .
Add:
Arcam
JBL Synthesis
Audio Control
Monoprice
Emotiva (one day maybe)
My neighbor has audio control at least the version from 2 years ago - Atmos with Dirac . Not very impressed . Sound quality is good . Interface not impressive . No equalizers available besides Dirac . But it is less pricey than some other options
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Thanks guys. I will spend quality time browsing that forum section. Processor brand aside, how much of a difference would I notice if I didn't use a processor that give each speaker a dedicated channel? My goal is to eventually get a Trinnov, so I don't want to go overboard now, but I also don't want to have a huge experience difference while I wait.
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JBL Synthesis
Audio Control
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Emotiva (one day maybe)

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Thanks guys. I will spend quality time browsing that forum section. Processor brand aside, how much of a difference would I notice if I didn't use a processor that give each speaker a dedicated channel? My goal is to eventually get a Trinnov, so I don't want to go overboard now, but I also don't want to have a huge experience difference while I wait.
I think if you want good quality without going overboard as a placeholder till you get Trinnov , Marantz or Anthem receiver will be a good compromise . May want to use right model with enough power depending g on the sensitivity of your speakers and what SPL and dynamic range you want for now .
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I think if you want good quality without going overboard as a placeholder till you get Trinnov , Marantz or Anthem receiver will be a good compromise . May want to use right model with enough power depending g on the sensitivity of your speakers and what SPL and dynamic range you want for now .
How would the Anthem handle the 15 speakers considering it only has 11 channels? Would combining speakers be an issue?
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I think if you want good quality without going overboard as a placeholder till you get Trinnov , Marantz or Anthem receiver will be a good compromise . May want to use right model with enough power depending g on the sensitivity of your speakers and what SPL and dynamic range you want for now .
How would the Anthem handle the 15 speakers considering it only has 11 channels? Would combining speakers be an issue?
Sorry I haven’t kept track of Anthem models for last few years . So I don’t know their current configurations . I was talking about a temporary placeholder solution
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In the FWIW category, if you have a chance to buy a Dirac based product versus an Audyssey based product, there really is no contest. Dirac is the far superior room correction system, only bettered, in my opinion and direct experience by the Trinnov Room Optimizer. I've done blind testing of Dirac vs Audyssey but blind testing turned out to be unnecessary since the differences were so large. Dirac provides better overall envelopment, better bass integration, better and more flexible target curve generation, etc. Fortunately it is no longer necessary to spend a 5 digit amount to get that capability. I can't specifically address any of the other room correction options.
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Slash what is your price range?

Your thread title states “high end HT”

Well that is rather wide open. The Anthem AVM60 is a good piece but not high end by today’s standards.

The new Arcam AV40 ($4500) and JBL Synthesis SDP55 ($6000) will be considered entry level to the high end.

It’s relevant the total project budget I’d suppose.

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