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  • Markj
    Senior Member
    • Aug 2000
    • 323

    Features that you appreciate

    With all of the great equipment out there it is sometimes hard to decide what to buy. I know that for some pieces in my HT system I had definite reasons why I bought a particular manufacture over another. Sometimes it was as simple as price but others had a particular feature that I wanted. For speakers, most of us like the sound of the speaker so I don’t what to talk about speakers for this thread. Pre/pros and receivers usually are purchased because of features and that is what I what to find out. This is long-winded intro, but now to the point, what was the feature that attracted you to buy the pre/pro or receiver that you now have in your system.

    I will start out.
    My pre/pro is the CB II. What originally attracted me to the CB was a matrix DSP that will take a mono sound track and spread it over the three front speakers. I thought this would be great with all of the older films that of course have a mono sound track. And I especially like older films and the sound from all of the front speakers makes for a very enjoyable sound experience. Now with the CB II you can adjust the spread of the sound between the front speakers. At the time when I bought the CB none of the other pre/pros had such a feature or a least I didn’t know of another pre/pro that had.
  • Andrew Pratt
    Moderator Emeritus
    • Aug 2000
    • 16507

    #2
    my pre pro was purchased because at the time it was the best sounding model I could afford in 2 channel mode. It also did the usual DD, DTS and had 5 channel stereo. Which brings up an interesting point how often is it that a feature you thought was a must have is something you never end up using?




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    • Lex
      Moderator Emeritus
      • Apr 2001
      • 27461

      #3
      Well, I bought my pre-pro because how else could I be Lex without a Lexicon? lol.

      Seriously, when I started buying higer end gear, I first owned a Rotel RSP-981, I think that's right. Not a DD piece, I bought it because of the quality build, and warm sound. However, as I became interested in DVD, I became less interested in a standalone processor, which I bought, and then returned, the Sony unit which the number escapes me. At the time, the dealer the Sony came from, had a special on the DC-1. Having read all about the DC-1, I jumped on it. It was the feature set that attracted me and for that matter, has held my attention ever since. I was going to keep the Rotel RB-985 amp. But I was on a binge, and just kept going! Within weeks, I purchased my first Proceed amp, the HPA-2. I thought, well, I will use the Rotel to drive my surrounds, and cneter, and use the HPA-2 for the mains. That lasted about 2 weeks, and I went back for the AMP5. Also, on the same trip, delivered the Rotel pair to a nice guy up in Virginia. What a deal, cash in one hand, and right out the other, lol. the transaction actually took place inside the audio store, haha.

      Of course, the shift to the MC-1 was brought about by the trade in policy, it was a no-brainer. now the shift to the MC-12, is not so simple. 4 grand just doesn't grow on trees these days, my money trees are empty, lol. So, I stick wih the MC-1 for HT, and bettered my HT with the Classe' CP-35. Nice piece simply because of it's sonics. Features, didn't matter.

      Lex
      Doug
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      • Markj
        Senior Member
        • Aug 2000
        • 323

        #4
        Andrew one feature that I thought I might use was equalization to tame the highs on some sound tracks. Most if not all pre/pros have it whether it is THX or some proprietary algorithm. After two and half years not once have I used it.

        Lex didn’t realize you had Classe’ stuff. I sure have enjoyed my Classe’ amps.

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        • George Bellefontaine
          Moderator Emeritus
          • Jan 2001
          • 7637

          #5
          I bought the Denon 3801 Receiver primarily because it offered the addition of DTS and 6.1 EX matrix and 6.1 DTS discrete- all at nearly half the price I paid for its predecessor, the Yamaha A3090.I enjoy the 3801 immensely and have no regrets regarding its purchase.




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          • Lex
            Moderator Emeritus
            • Apr 2001
            • 27461

            #6
            Yeah Mark, I added the Classe' for it's balanced outputs. It's test equipment. Simply, I had balanced inputs on my amp, but no balanced outputs. So, now I can test XLRs I build... Of course, I do a little listening while testing, and been testing one pair of XLRs for a good while now. I hope my accountant agrees, lol.

            Lex
            Doug
            "I'm out there Jerry, and I'm loving every minute of it!" - Kramer

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            • John Holmes
              Moderator Emeritus
              • Aug 2000
              • 2703

              #7
              Years ago I bought an H/K AVP1a (which I still own and use) because, it did a great job of reproducing 5.1 sound from a 2ch source. For older laserdisc this was a god sent! The amount of channel seperations still floors me today.

              Today my VSX27TX Elite is the workhorse. Though I already had (an still own) an RF De-mod., I wanted one that was built-in. I also wanted this unit to support a phono input as well as 5.1 inputs.

              I also am a fan of THX, which both units have.

              The sound, cost, and features listed said Pioneer Elite! So listened.




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              • Robbie
                Senior Member
                • Aug 2000
                • 256

                #8
                Well, the main reason for my selection was mainly price. However I also wanted to get into seperates and support our local B&M which sold Adcom of which I have long admired and wanted. Without paying 2K for their sucky pre/pro I decided I liked their 2 channel pre and went with a seperate processor. I figure I have a really decent system for about $650.

                Robbie

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