Originally Posted by ClarkeBar
Which is definitely why you should stay "local" for sourcing. What are you using now? It's always nice to know what people are upgrading from.
Sorry for the slow response, didn't notice your reply.
I am planning to upgrade from a Pre Pro called AudioNet Map 1 ( http://en.audionet.de/machines/
Its a small German company and they are specialized in high quality stereo. I am really happy with the Map 1 and it still sounds awesome despite the age, but I really would like to have access to DTS HD, HDMI etc.
I am looking for a replacement for a while but didn't find a worthy upgrade yet. The first thing I did was to call up AudioNet and ask them if they plan to build a new PrePro in the future, but unfortunately that won´t be the case as a small company like them wont be able to keep up with the speed the new HDMI standards etc. develop.
The Emotiva is unfortunately out of the race due to the above described issues with the shipping/service from Germany.
I had the chance to listen to the Marantz 7702 over a weekend and it was no upgrade to the AudioNet.
Actually it sounded worse even with DTS HD, HDMI and Room Correction enabled. My dealer told me that the AV8802 sounds basically the same as the 7702 and if I didn't like the sound of the small Marantz I wouldn't be happy with the bigger one either.
So I am back doing research...The new Classe Sigma SSP looks promising and I might try out the Primare SP33. Around June the new Rotel Pre
Pro gets released as well, so if I can hold my horses until then I might check it out as well.
Problem is that ideally I would like to have a great Stereo performance coupled with a great 5.1 performance as well. Just like AudioNet does....
However this combination seems to be pretty rare these days.