Originally Posted by gsr
I was happy to pay the price for that upgrade which had never been promised. Nobody is holding a gun to your head here, so do what you want, but any complaints about HDMI 2.1 capabilities or pricing are premature at this point. Feel free to take your chances with Emotiva...
Originally Posted by egrady
I'm sure Denon was equally happy, if not more so, with you.
If you define concern over unknowns as complaints, guilty as charged.
Once you go from a prospect to a customer, you've lost all your leverage.
So let's throw in a few more unknowns here. Does any of the following change your positions?
It would seem logical that the AV8500a with the HDMI 2.1 digital board already installed would also have few upgrades since the AV8805a will likely soldier on a few years a Marantz's headline AVP. Logical changes include:
- Replacement of the previous generation AK4490 DAC chip with the newly introduced AK4493, which appears to be a drop in replacement.
- Upgrade of the wireless network board from Bluetooth 3 to 5. This the small board that is plugged into the top side of the digital board. Bluetooth 5 is commonly available in the market on new products. This wireless board appears to be made outside of Marantz, so an upgrade would just be a change in specs by Marantz.
- Upgrade key resistors from thick film surface mount resistors to thin film. This has been done for many 2018 model D&M AVR and AVP's, Replacements drop-in at little added cost.
None of the above changes, except perhaps the Bluetooth changes, are likely to be noticeable, but still, not having the latest upgrades grates on some people.
Does the above change anything in your minds? Buy now, wait, or ?