Which $3K Pre/Pro would you buy???

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  1. PaulXH

    PaulXH Stunt Coordinator

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    If you had a budget of $3,000-3,500 at the most which pre/pro would you buy. Movies and music are about equal importances to me. Thanks

    Paul
     
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    Bryston Sp1.7

    Excellent 2 channel and all the bells and whistles for HT.
     
  3. Arthur Vino

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    Halo c2, Anthem avm 20
    Check out new Rotel also..
     
  4. KrishnaP

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    Bargain hunt for ARCAM AV8 or even buy demo with warranty!
     
  5. Yogi

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    B&K Ref 50 would be my bias.
     
  6. Leo_P

    Leo_P Second Unit

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    I bought the Anthem AVM20.[​IMG]
     
  7. Scott Oliver

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    I would either buy a used Theta CasaNova and upgrade it when the MKII upgrades are made, or hold off to buy a new one once the upgrade is made. You wouldn't be able to afford a fully decked out unit but if you are like me, you can just pick out the options that you realy need and save quite a bit of money.
     
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    I second Arthurs' Halo and Anthem picks.
    And if you can find them Integra RDC7 and Interga Reasearch's new one.
     
  9. Levesque

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    Just bought the Anthem AVM20 3 weeks ago. No regrets here. One of the best buy I've made.[​IMG]

    Was going for the Rotel RSP-1098, but the absence of XLR cpnnections made me go for the ANthem instead.
     
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    also put the Aragon Stage One on your list to audition.
     
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    Lexicon MC-8. [​IMG] OK, I had to spend a little bit more, but it was well worth it. I think if you look around, you can find them for the low $4k's...

    Classe also has a unit in this price range, the 30 I think. A lot of good pre/pros in this price range now.
     
  13. Bryan Guth

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    Just updated to the Sunfire TGIII and Cinema Seven Signature Amp from an Integra 9.1U2 receiver, and all I can say is this is what home theatre and music bliss is all about!
     
  14. Lewis Besze

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    It depends IMO on the rest of the components.I wouldn't spend 3k on pre/pro alone unless my amp and speakers would cost around 10k[ball park] all togheter[not including sub].But if you can justify the price it seems that the Anthem is the most sought after product in that range, I would probably get that too.
     
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    I would'nt buy a pre/pro right now, to much new stuff about to come out. I'd wait for the next batch that will have DVI/HDMI switching and a high-rez multichannel digital connection of some sort and DPLIIx and maybe room correction. If you need something right now I'd buy a mid-price receiver like the Pioneer Elite 55TXi or 53TX or Denon 3803 and use it as a pre/pro.

    Regards,


    geo
     
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    i just got the tgIII i was debateing between that and the anthem. anthem has thx ultra2 but TGIII has more ins and outs but the andhem you can wweek a bit more. they both sound great on bothe ht and 2 channel. ps the sunfire is 9.1 capeable
     
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    Paul:

    Lots of good advice from folks so far. The Anthem has been extensively reviewed and the consensus is that it is very flexible and sonically true on both music and theater decoding. The Rotel 1098 is newer and has not been reviewed by as many as the Anthem, but the unit is supposed to be better than its highly rated predecessor (the Rotel RSP-1066). The B&K and Halo also have many happy owners.

    The Sunfire Theater Grand has gotten rave reviews recently and has excellent audio and video performance. I recently went through this same buying experience and was about to buy the Sunfire when I came upon a deal on a Krell HTS 7.1 that was too good to pass up.

    Bad news is there are many great units to choose from. Good news is you'll be happy with any of them.

    MT
     
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    Lexicon

    Lexicon can be had for much less than most think. Lexicon's markup is rediculous and if you know where to look, you can find them for much less than MSRP. Ya I know that isn't supposed to happen......but it does.
     
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    I've been very happy with my Anthem AVM20. In addition to great sound and flexability, Anthem has a proven track record of providing timely upgrades and great customer service.

    JimmyK
     
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    New Lexicon for $3500?... I don't think so; at least not right now and not in the SF Bay Area... same goes for Bryston, Halo, Arcam, Theta.

    All makes mentioned are solid performers, but to answer the original question, I'd go for the Anthem... mostly because it's the firstest with the mostest in that price range, and has undergone several customer-driven upgrades.

    But I'd be stoked to have any of these.
     

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