Funny I replaced the AV8801 with a 4400 and have been very happy with the result, so much so that I highly doubt I would ever go back to expensive prepros. I have even ABed side by side a X3400H with my real separates (2 ch pramp/amp). Both sounded great, plotted FR graphs and they overlapped on top of each other, basically indistinguishable. On the purely objective side of the equation, I suspect the 8012 is a blood related cousin to the X6400H aside from the HDAM and the power supply; and the fact that they share a few sheets of schematics. The 8012 does have more blocking/storage caps, same blocking caps, same as the flagship X8500H, but a smaller transformer (in terms of VA rating).I just heard a 8012 and was extremely impressed, so much so that I want to upgrade from my Denon x4400.
I have a 7chx200wpc power amp in my chain already, and wanted to ask if there was any real audio/video quality difference between the 8012 and the 6013? I see the 8012 has 4+volts on it's rca pre-outs, but can't tell what the 6013 has. Would the A/V quality be same or should I spend the extra money and get the 8012?
Since the whole D&M AVR line now seem to have standardized on the same preamp/vol control IC and DAC (from X2400/2500H, SR5012/13 up..but except the X8500H), the RCA pre out voltage performance should be the same, maximum of 4 V sounds about right, though distortions will likely ramp up sharply, probably from above 2.5 V.
I can't see how the 6012/13 would "sound" different than the 8012 if used as prepro. I also don't know why D&M specified a higher THD for the SR6012/13, that is, 0.08% vs the 0.05% for the x4400/4500h, SR7012/13 and the higher models. My guess is, marketing strategy, nothing more. If it is my money, I wouldn't rush to spend more just because I was impressed by the "sound quality" of a different avr if it is set up differently in a different environment, let alone a different avr that has the same audio circuitry and parts in places that count, i.e. the prepro section.