Let's talk PREPROs $900-1500: what would your choice be?

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  • Ricky
    Senior Member
    • Aug 2000
    • 226

    Let's talk PREPROs $900-1500: what would your choice be?

    I would like to start a discussion on prepros available in the $900-1500 price range. Please tell us what you would buy or did buy in this price range....and why? We all have various needs and desires: 2 channel vs HT, 5.1 vs 7.1, new vs used, brand/cosmetic preferences, etc.

    I'll list a few and count used prices too; of course there are many more choices out there:

    $900-1500 PREPROS:

    Outlaw 950: good sonics, full 7.1, lowest price.
    Rotel 1066: good sonics, full 7.1, looks really good
    EAD Encore (used): good dacs for 2 channel; only 5.1 and DPL1
    Lexicon DC2 (used): great HT with full Logic7 (same audio innards as MC1), no analog bypass or 5.1 inputs, so-so for 2 channel
    Aragon Soundstage (used, without the $800 upgrade): has "inside" Aragon best analog preamp, the $2k Aurum. Only 5.1 and DPL1
    Acurus Act3 (used) with the $950 upgrade: has most of Aragon Soundstage features and processing, and near sound quality

    These are all great choices and can be confusing :P
  • Andrew Pratt
    Moderator Emeritus
    • Aug 2000
    • 16508

    #2
    For a pure HT environment where you can do 7.1 I'd pick the DC2 but if you can't take advantage of Logic 7 and audio is important the Rotel is my pick.




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    • Claude D D
      Senior Member
      • Jan 2003
      • 465

      #3
      I love my Rotel RSP-1066.For the money it's tough to beat.Sounds great in HT and 2 channel.

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      • SiliGoose
        Senior Member
        • Aug 2000
        • 942

        #4
        We should add some of the other soon to be released (or so we hope) pre/pros in this class. The Outlaw clones:

        ATI ATP-7500 (might have that model # wrong)
        Sherbourn PT-7000 http://www.sherbourn.com/products/PT-7000.html
        Atlantic Technology P-2000 http://www.atlantictechnology.com/system_P-2000.htm
        Others??

        The only unique pre/pro with a release not far away (that I'm aware of) is:

        Sherwood Newcastle P-958 http://www.sherwoodusa.com/2002produ...HTML/P958.html

        I don't think the minor differences offered by the Outlaw clones really distinguishes them from their source. However, the Sherwood is very interesting to me (especially if they price it right). A hopeful Spring release is all I've been able to find out for sure.

        Anyone know of anything else? Will Sony's long rumored follow-up to the 9000es ever come out? (if so, it'll probably come in slightly out of this price range)




        -Sili
        www.campmurphy.net

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        • RedStep
          Senior Member
          • Sep 2002
          • 154

          #5
          For the Money, I do not know how you could beat the Rotel RSP 1066...(DD, DTS, DPL2, DTS ES, Neo 6, 7.1) And I think it even does the laundry And the sound quality, not to mention the build quality. Then ease of operation & upgrade ability. We always have to say "for the money" But this component rivals the coveted B&K Ref 50




          RedStep
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