Originally Posted by Jdogger7
I tend to agree. The Denon 8500 has a slight lead for me right now over the Marantz 8805. However, this one looks very intriguing to me.
Why does the Denon 8500 have a slight lead over the Marantz AV8805 for you? The answer to that question will very likely help you decide if the Denon 8500 makes more sense for you than this Monoprice pre-pro. The HTP-1 is going to be a lot more similar to the AV8805 than it is to a Denon receiver as you will need to add external amps to either the AV8805 or HTP-1 and the feature sets of the 2 pre-pros are going to be more similar (other than the number of channels supported).
Originally Posted by Mashie Saldana
I take 16ch processing and Dirac Live over 14ch processing and Audyssey any day.
In general, I'd agree with that, but there's also the question of overall quality of the unit; things like the DAC implementation, build quality, etc. Assuming the HTP-1 is a slightly stripped down version of the ATI ATP16, which is based on the Datasat LS10, it should be very good.
Originally Posted by UKenGB
Seems to me that 9.2.6 is the optimum layout, but let’s restrict ourselves to the 16 channels available which would allow 9.1.6. So that requires 15 channels of amplification. Monoprice only seem to offer up to 11 channels. Does anyone actually make a 15 channel power amp? Or is one expected to have to use multiple power amps?
Even if only having 7.2.6, that still has 13 channels that need a power amp. Any 13 channel amps?
Most people end up with at least 2 power amps. Even with digital amp modules, much beyond 7 channels starts to make for a really large and heavy box if you want decent power output for each channel. But this is a big consideration if the budget is somewhat limited or space is tight as AVR's can offer excellent value, take up less space than a pre-pro and separate amps, and can get surprisingly close to the performance of separates. Consider what your speakers need for amplification as part of this - efficient speakers (like Klipsch, for example), don't require as much power as less efficient speakers.