Originally Posted by RUR
How is it an advantage, Rob i.e. what's the objective improvement?
You don't know what Storm means when they claim better "presentation"?
As noted above , I can't tell you exactly how that particular bit of methodology translates into this or that specific improvement. I'll ask an engineer next time I'm in conversation w/one.
As for better presentation, I can tell you that what you get over several other processors in (very) short; more dimensionality (a denser surroundfield that's feels more immersive and engaging), a sense of speed and ease, and more resolution across the board but particularly in low level details.
I know some of you seem to want a 'this translates to that', so-called objective answer, I'm sure the engineers can give you some of that but the bottom line is how it sounds and like many things it is more than the sum of its parts.
I will drop further down the esteem level of some: I've owned processors (as well as other components) since the B&K AVP2000 back in the stone age. Brands owned include ADA, Marantz, Anthem, Classe, Theta, et al., many long before I was a dealer (it's a second job that's fun, usually
) Throughout the years I've come across some components that have some real magic -- they break down the illusion of reproduction and transport somehow -- it's uncommon and a reason to pursue the hobby. Sure, there are engineering reasons why, but there's an art to it too that separates some from others. Examples: the Epos ES14 speakers, White Audio A series and Trinity amps going back, some Audio Research stuff and others more in the present. The Storm is one of these; I can break it down w/adjectives as above -- we're trying to describe sound here and there's no other way -- but it just ups the engagement level versus a lot of competitors, and justifies its price for this and other reasons.
Background info, I've participated in a few hundred sound mixes in my real job and consider myself a highly critical person, self- and otherwise. I make a point to always A/B stuff I talk about. I really don't care what sounds better and would be f-ing thrilled if $500 receiver was as good. Or a $5000 one. If/when I find that, I'll post here on AVS when I'm in a masochistic moment!