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Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Chris, Feb 16, 2008.
Denon USA | AVP-A1HDCI
Just a pre-amp, but holy cow, look at the back panel on that thing and stats.
WHAT? only six(6) HDMI Inputs???
It's a pretty thing for sure.
Yeah, $7,000 too!!
Very nice....but only balance speaker outputs? No dice for me...oh and $7,000 too....even more no dice.
Whats the point of s-video and composite video switching on that thing?
They're meant for amps, not speakers. And there's a standard set of outputs across the bottom of the back panel.
To tell the truth, I think $7,000 is cheap for this preamp/processor. If some small high-end company had put this out, it easily could cost $15-20,000 and be even heavier because, of course, it would just have to feature a lot of heavy gauge metal in the chassis and a monster power supply.
I want one but can't justify it.
Agreed! Even at $7K, this unit could pose some serious competition to high-end processors costing a lot more.
I'd be more impressed if it did internal decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master audio.
Umm, it does.
What about this to go with the pre/pro???
Denon USA | POA-A1HDCI
Oops, now I see it.
Because a lot of people still use devices with only those outputs. Components like VCRs , S-VHS decks (420 line resolution), older Laserdisc players, digital cameras, PC-based gizmos, yada yada.
I don't know...I have a hard time believing that people that spend $7K on gear like this would still have that old stuff lying around.
It doesn't so much have to do with its age, it's more to do with the fact that many people who buy this type of gear (like this Denon) aren't HT hobbyists or technology buffs, and as repulsive as this may sound to the dedicated HT hobbyists here --> they only buy this stuff because they can (I saw this all the time when I sold HT gear and went over to peoples' homes to help install it - many had no clue what they actually bought). So to them it's a non-issue still owning a bunch of VHS tapes of family events or old TV shows or special broadcasts that never showed up on dvd. Same with Laserdiscs: they may have just enough discs for it to make sense to keep an old player around, but not enough to buy a newer model. And over the years I've noticed many people that are well-off keep older things around for a long time because they are a bit, shall we say, on the frugal side.
I believe this is a rebadged Macintosh. Now that they are under the same parent company we may see more of this.
It's absolutely not rebadged Macintosh. It's much closer to the best of the best of their receivers upgraded even further and having the amp separated. Denon doesn't do a lot of tech sharing with the other companies in their corporate umbrella.
Ha, ha...yeah, I guess you're right, I know a few myself.
I'm probably in the target audience for this thing, since my current pre/pro is a Lexicon MC-8. Ever since I got it a few years ago, the devices connected to it include two LD players and S-VHS recorder.
They'll probably get connected to whatever replaces the MC-8.
Some of us have been at this for a very long time.
I've been at it for a while as well, but I guess I just sell off older equipment and put the money towards newer stuff when it comes out.
It isn't a question of keeping "older equipment". It's a question of retaining the ability to play legacy media. If "newer stuff" could play tapes and laserdiscs, I'd do the same as you.