Your thinking is definitely on the level. Amps can pretty much take you a long way as “power” doesn’t get outdated. From all I’ve read the mini-dsp 88a is a solid unit & with its inclusion of Dirac would definitely give you awesome room correct capabilities. If you’re using external amps already than I would say you probably wouldn’t gain much by going with the NAD especially since you’re gonna be getting the 88a. My thinking was you were looking for a great “all in one” box.To be fair and honest I don't know just how much Dolby Vision means either. Perhaps I'm getting hung up on the fact products with Dobly Vision boast that fact loud and clear. /forum/images/smilies/confused.gifIâ€™️ll agree stuff changes rather quickly in this hobby but I think the NAD is still a great buy especially with Dirac Live. Iâ€™️ve gone thru many incarnations of room correction over the years, YPAO, Audyssey & hands down Dirac is the best of the bunch! I havenâ€™️t owned anything from Arcam, Emotiva etc so I canâ€™️t speak for their strengths or weaknesses but I can say Iâ€™️ve been completely satisfied with the performance of the NAD. Yes, over the course of the year there have been some â€œquirksâ€ but most have been quickly rectified with an update. I personally wouldnâ€™️t call the NAD a â€œneuteredâ€ offering unless of course it doesnâ€™️t fit your specific needs i.e. number of HDMI inputs, dual subwoofer outputs etc....as far as its lack of Dolby Vision inclusion I would hardly consider that a major shortcoming though Iâ€™️m sure some may think differently. What speakers are you considering on using with the NAD?
I have JBL studio 290 towers that will be powered with external amps. I have a the studio 535 center, which will be powered by an external amp. I have three SVS 12" NSD subs (all equi-distant from MLP so no need for dual sub control) and 2 small JBL studio surround speakers . So - 5.3.0 I will add two atmos in ceiling speakers soon.
For the price of the NAD I can get the 88a and keep my Marantz slim line NR 1607, which handles all video formats available today.
External amps and a mini-dsp 88a seems like a pretty solid future proof setup. I can always pick up the latest in-expensive AVR for any future things. My current Marantz was about 500.00, but it does everything minus supplying ample power.
I could be missing something.... please let me know if so. /forum/images/smilies/confused.gif