So basically the front channel opamp is the best (LM4562) and changeable, while the other opamps are not as good but cannot be changed. It seems like a step back from the Meridian for all uses outside of gaming since opamps cannot be upgraded and the output by default is not even across all channels. I'm a bit disapointed.
Originally Posted by zothen /forum/post/0
Yeah, that is dissappointing and makes no sense on their part. I would certainly want the highest quality audio for my center channel as well. Since their product is in the enthusiast and not mainstream category, these kinds of details should be their specialty. If it cost a 10 or 20 dollars more, who cares. This isn't a budget card in the first place. Maybe it came down to board space and/or routing issues.
[Edit:] - I think I mis-interrpreted "hardwired". As long as the other channels have opamps that are changeable by soldering mods, then that's ok and I'm not so dissapointed.