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In Reply to: RE: a lump of coal in my stocking... posted by Jim Pearce on December 25, 2016 at 11:13:47
Nothing is better than that Pioneer Elite.
But I'm enjoying the Oppo BDP-95 just as much. However, on sober second thought, viewing a 50" (or 55") TV at 12' I don't know if I could distinguish between 720p and 1080p upscaled to 4K, and likely the LG would exhibit some motion artifacts.
Who'd a thunk I'd have so much trouble, piece by piece, updating a 13 year old system? Since I've given up on the TV for now I'm on to pre-pros. The trouble there is finding one as musical and transparent as my Anthem AVM 20.
Anthem has a new processor AVM60 out, check Home Theater Review online for a review. The 60 is all current with 4k and latest decoding etc. I remember liking the clarity of the original AVM20 over the Mac processor costing 3 times as much.
If you have a Marantz dealer their processors sound good and loaded with features.
It also can't handle DSD, forcing the Oppo to convert SACD to PCM. Too bad, Anthems really are excellent pre-amps. I may be forced to go Marantz, plenty of local dealers.
Thanks for pointing that out, the review gave so much info and raved about the features, I missed some it didn't have.
The way their room correction works Is a deal breaker for me. I know it's supposed to be great but I'm just not into using a separate computer etc. for set up. And I am one who likes the room correction/auto set up. Keep it simple for me though, LOL
Thanks! for sharing-
I rather enjoy the Anthem 225 integrated amp. Anyone experience the Anthem series of Receivers?
13 years can be a long time for certain electronics- Jim.
Is your Anthem breaking down as well?
The reason I mentioned the Pioneer Elite, it is the only better Video source, compared to my Sony XBR CRT (now 12 years old and still looks perfect). I had a chance to view both sets prior to buying. The Pioneer Elite was substantially more in cost back in 2004.
By the way that particular model was $20,000 CDN in 2002; I paid $13,000 in 2003. Anyway, my plan always was to bring the whole system up to current SOTA, provided that I could sort the wheat (4K) from the chaff (3D). Where I am now is, within a year I want a pre-pro that does 4K and Atmos (I could go 5.1.2) and a 4K TV. I 'll then upgrade the Oppo to the upcoming BDP-205. And that should be it for the rest of my natural days.
Quite frankly UHD Blu-ray and such don't really impress me much: not because of anything technical so much as a lack of content that will ever be meaningful to me. I can get as much pleasure from watching Casablanca off the Fibe TV DVR in the bedroom on the 51" Samsung F5500 plasma ($600) and Polk Audio MagniFi Mini ($400) as I'll get from any system, regardless of specs. But I'm ready to play the game one more time, as long as I don't have to compromise the visual or auditory playback of my thousands of "legacy" discs.
how do those Anthem Receivers sound?
I can remember the 1st generation Pioneer Elite Plasma was $25K.
Sounds like you have a plan- Jim. Keep me posted on your journey.
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