Originally Posted by scanido
Been closely watching this processor compared with Marantz 8802a and Mcintosh's new MX122. After many hours of auditioning, I am happy to have decided on the AVM60! The sound was very close to the MX122. What pushed me in the end was product support seems to be so much better with Anthem over Mcintosh. Also, I felt ARC to be more promising over Audyssey XT32.
I get it this week so cant wait to hook it up and compare it to my MX150 ($12,000 pre/pro with Room Perfect). I've been very happy with the MX150 and with Lyndorfs Room perfect, but it was time to let it go and venture into the new object based formats as I believe they are worthy of an upgrade. My natural upgrade path was McIntosh successor MX160, but seems from current owners the unit is still quite premature. Didn't want to pour that much when a MX162 will likely be out soon.
I noticed most users have upgraded from a mid range receiver or pre/pro, but rarely seen anyone 'upgrade' from one of the more expensive last gen processors to AVM60, so it would be interesting to see how the AVM60 stacks up compared to MX150 for 2CH music, bluray concerts, which is majority of my listening. Speakers will be B&W 800series, and Mcintosh monoblocks.
Thought I update my experience with the AVM60...
Ive had the processor almost a week now and first thoughts, the build quality is what you'd expect I guess on a receiver unit. Build is mostly stamped steel and the weight was light. It must of been half the weight of my MX. I didn't care much for this, as long as the front facia looked nice and it did. The front door flap was flimsy though.
I intially had concerns about the single 12v trigger, but I'm happy to say I was able to daisy chain my 4 Mcintosh amps without issue. What I miss is not being able to control my amps led meters. Minor but I can live without that.
The unit was easy to setup and the UI is really nicer than mx150. Some features I am missing - You cannot calibrate each channels level by 0.5db. So I had some channels that were not evenly matched. The distance settings cannot be set in inches, only feet which I find not as precise. You cannot adjust each inputs level. You'll need to calibrate a specific speaker config for each input source. It would be easier if you can just adjust the overall level instead for each input. Wonder if that means I also have to run ARC for each input? Also, I already miss not being able to run my subs in stereo. This is a huge feature I miss already as I do a lot of 2ch listening.
Now more importantly, how's the sound?
I did a basic setup with levels and distance. I haven't run ARC yet. First thoughts, the sound has lots of resolution, however... I find it lacking any fullness. There seems to be missing upper bass and the mids lost that finesse. I played some concert blurays and the kick drum doesn't have that same attack and the saxes just don't sound as real and lively. I was surprised my wife even commented how the sound was flatter and was not as dynamic. When played at reference the sound gets muffled and it seems you lose that layering between instruments. This was mostly on concert and 2ch music. I haven't tested movies yet.
I don't know if I need to really break the AVM60 in as I find the sound to be okay. I was really stoked and wishful that advancements in technology would have caught up to a 7yr old processor. So far the avm60 is not in the same league as the mx150, but I'm going to give it some more time.
If there is anything positive to say, the price point and value of the processor was phenomenal. if I never have heard the MX then this processor is great as I found it sounded better than the Yamaha 5100 and Marantz 8802a. For what you are getting for $3k is better than anything on the market now in my opinion. But I'm going to give it more time and run ARC. I'm really hoping for the unit to blossom up and at least be on par - sound quality wise with the mx150 in the coming weeks.
More to come...