Aragon Stage One?

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  1. Shawn C

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    With all of the Outlaw 950 and pre/pro talk going on around here, I ran into the Aragon Model One on the Klipsch website. Has anyone here had any experience with the Aragon amps/processors? The Model one is ALOT more expensive than the 950 at $4,000. Is the THX certification why this thing is so expensive, or is it really worth the $4,000? Here are the specs from the Klipsch website:
    http://www.klipsch.com/mondial/index...=y&id=&line=&1
    The Aragon Stage One is a new high-end THX® Ultra2 Certified preamplifier and processor with a built-in tuner. This technologically enhanced unit supports 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 decoding for today’s most popular digital formats including DTS-ES and THX® surround EX.
    The Stage One utilizes 24bit/192kHz DACs and adheres to Mondial Designs’ classic minimalist design approach and THX® Ultra2 specifications, which together ensure the highest level of premium performance and reliability.
    The Stage One circuitry was designed, above all else, to do no harm to the audio and video signals. The intuitive, one-touch user interface not only allows the front panel to be striking without being overloaded with rows and rows of buttons, but it also eliminates the need for on-screen character generators that compromise video signals. Wide bandwidth relays allow HDTV, Component Video, Progressive Scan, composite and S-Video signals to be routed without signal degradation.
    The Stage One features a machined aluminum front panel with an engraved Aragon logo and elegant blue LED lighting that perfectly complements the available black or silver finish options. A software controlled dimmer function allows consumers to choose full or half brightness, as well as allowing them to completely turn off the LED lighting.
    The Stage One has a full complement of digital and analog audio and video inputs and outputs and control jacks including seven A/V inputs and an on-board AM/FM tuner. The large vacuum tube florescent display adds to the user-friendly, ease-of-operation and a learning, preprogrammed infrared remote control comes with each unit. In-the-field software upgrades are possible, if needed, through in-system programmability via an RS-232 port.
    DESIGN: 8-ch THX Ultra2 Surround Preamplifier
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 10Hz-100kHz +0/-3dB
    DIRECT INPUTS: 10Hz-20kHz +0/-0.2dB
    ANALOG INPUTS: 20Hz-20kHz +0/-0.5dB
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  2. Evan S

    Evan S Cinematographer

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    Shawn, there is a lot of buzz out there regarding this unit and there has been ever since it was debuted at CES. It looks absolutely stunning and Aragon is a very fine name in high end audio.

    With that being said, there is some tempered enthusiasm regarding the Stage One because at $4000 it will be competing directly with the Anthem AVM-20 and more specifically the Integra Research RDC-7, which is a very fine unit and has a great history of upgrades in it's brief history. With the recent purchase of Mondial by Klipsch, there is a lot of uncertainty about how Klipsch is going to handle their new acquisition regarding upgrades and service. According to Aragon dealers I've talked to regarding this unit, they are not terribly excited about Klipsch's buyout of Aragon and feel Klipsch is not the easiest company to deal with.

    This is definately a unit that I would wait and hear reviews of before I invested my money. But that goes for just about any audio piece worth owning anyway.
     
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    As a current Act-3 owner who is planning to upgrade to the Stage One. I'm very interested in how this unit performs to others in it's price range. I'm able to send in my Act-3 and $2500 and can have one of these beauties. I like the simple button look of the faceplate. All of the activities are done by the remote for the most part so having tons of buttons on a faceplate is a negative to me. It looks to have the same DACs as Outlaw or Anthem.

    I just hope Mondial/Klipsch gets this unit out in May as stated on their website. It uses the Motorola chip as many other do today. So, I'm not too sure if it will include all of the promised decoding from the first run units. There are no dealer in the Seattle area that carry Mondial products since Klipsch took over the company. So, upgrading later may be a problem. At least for the short term.
     
  5. Shawn C

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    Cool....Sounds good. It does look like a quality unit with alot of features. Hmmm.....what could I sell between now and the time it gets released so I could afford the darn thing..hmmmm..
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    in addition to the $2500 plus an ACT-3 trade in program, they will also have a $900 upgrade to the ACT-3 that will make it "nearly Stage One performance" according to Mondial/Klipsch. more info can be had (and an interesting read on mfr/customer relations!) in the "act 3 upgrade" thread in the acurus section of the forum at www.klipsch.com
     

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