What do you think is the best/ultimate...

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  1. Paul-D

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    receiver/pre-amp on the market right now. Throw price out the window, I want to know your thoughts on the absolute best one out there and why.
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    Classe or Halcro.

    Some people swear by Krell but having never heard one I cant comment.

    I think Mark Levinson stuff is a little overpriced for what it does .. though it is spectacularly good [​IMG]

    Aparrently theyve had some reliabilty issues lately though.
     
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    Receiver - Denon 5805 [​IMG]
     
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    For what? Music, Movies or Both?
     
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    for the denon anyway both i'd say, but never heard the 5805 [​IMG] since its so expensive i havent seen it, but as for best/ultimate receiver/pre-amp when you spend that kind of money, its just a matter of personal opinion anyway.
     
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    Denon 5805 is like a Chevy Corvette, the best Denon can do, and it's probably pretty good. Then there are exotics like Levinson, Lexicon, Classe, and Krell. They are like Ferraris and Porsche.
     
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    imho, the "best" is a relative term to everyone. in this "post-THX" world we live in, almost all components have surpassed THX specs (thus, rendering THX somewhat useless in the a/v world). of course, it was them that brought the standard so high that nowadays, you can spend $300 and get a REALLY nice a/v receiver for most average sized homes. i think the question now becomes, where's that thresh-hold of quality where the $ you throw at it gives you back the same amount of quality it used to.

    personally, i like onkyo's NR 10000:
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    i loved the fact that it's upgradeable. for all intents&purposes the NR1000 is already compatible with Dolby Digital HD, True HD, DTS-HD. why? if you have an empty slot, you can buy an upgrade, plug it into the receiver and voila, it's like getting a new receiver. the problem is that modular design costs a lot up front =). i love the future-capable thinking, it's awesome.

    the 2nd one i like is Denon's recent new lines from 3806 through 4806. the reason is features. because the quality is pretty relatively good across the spectrum, the big selling point of a good a/v receiver AND separate becomes "what features do i want/need?". i think modern shoppers should be asking that question more than anything else. i like 4806 cause i have a HTPC and prefer to use the analog outputs, so i can definitely utilize the 7.1 external input on 4806 IN ADDITION to DVD-Audio/SACD player's 5.1 analog input. i like the video up and DOWN conversion, somehthing you don't see often. i believe only 4806 has the down part, the lower ones only upconvert analog to HDMI/Component. i also like their SACD/DVD-AUdio digital hookup, if you can afford their universal players =).
     
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    New Anthem Statement D2 with a Gennum scaler and HDMI switching. There is no other pre/pro with that kind of video processing at any price.

    Paired with the Anthem P2 and P5, it's really something.
     

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