Another processor dilemna....

UrbanT

Distinguished Member
Guys, some thoughts would be much appreciated on this dilemna. I have searched and read many threads on the processor subject, but I'm still confused/uncertain.

The dilemna is that I may well be able to have a 7.1 set up soon, where at the mo I only have 5.1. I want the following:
. 7.1 (obviously)
. an analogue connection for my CD23T which I love
. a 5.1 input for DVDA/SACD

Tag Mclaren
Pro's
. already own an upgradeable unit
. great in movies
con's
. cannot use bypass for CD and DVDA/SACD at the same time
. questionable bypass ability
. expensive upgrade

Meridian 568.2
Pro's
. affordable 2nd hand
. already 7.1
. great for movies
Con's
. no bypass for CD23?
. no inputs for DVDA/SACD

Arcam AV8
Pro's
. affordable new with discount
. already 7.1
. best as music pre-amp?
. seperate input for DVDA/SACD
. video options
Con's
. not as good as other 2 for movie decoding?

I'm trying to gain a balanced system for movies and music, both are important, and its not practical to have 2 seperate systems.

It should also be taken into account that at the same time, I might buy my first projector and HTPC. I have no knowledge on either subject so have no idea how this may effect any opinions, other than if I had to lose DVDA/SACD as I didn't have the 757 anymore, so be it.

All equipment in my sig, looking forward to some healthy comments :)
 

General Skanky

Well-known Member
Same boat.:D

You list all the things exactly as I view it.

Only I'd not bother too much about DVD-D/SACD on any of them. Also, I'm not totally convinced using a bypass is always the best way for CD.

I'd bet you'd be very hard pushed to be able to tell between them all for stereo performance. By that I mean it'll simply come down to preferences rather than abilities. (So please don't get excited anyone that just read that last comment:)).

There is a fully loaded 568.2 on EBay right now which no doubt you have a sneaky eye on.:rolleyes:

My personal preference is probably the Arcam. That could easily change. The main reason is cosmetic over the others in that I have a FMJ DV27.

They are all very good performers, each having certain strengths and weaknesses, as do many others you haven't mentioned here.

No easy answer is there.

I'll buy an Arcam, and next week a 568.2MM will appear for £1000, Arcam will release the AV9 with Tag selling cheap kit again. I'm always lucky like that.:laugh:
 

brendank

Novice Member
same boat too:rolleyes:

just wondering UrbanT

affordable new with discount

would you care to elaborate a bit more on the discount you could expect on a new av8

also regarding the Meridian 568.2 have i not read somewhere that its kinda tied into having meridian active speakers for the full 7.1


:)
 

Spligsey

Well-known Member
Originally posted by brendank

also regarding the Meridian 568.2 have i not read somewhere that its kinda tied into having meridian active speakers for the full 7.1
:)

A 7.1 passive system will work fine on the 568.2


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337GUS

Active Member
Originally posted by brendank


also regarding the Meridian 568.2 have i not read somewhere that its kinda tied into having meridian active speakers for the full 7.1

:)

It's the 561 which is only geared up for 5.1 using passive speakers, for 7.1 you need 2 x DSP speakers or an external stereo DAC.

The 565 and 568 are fine for 7.1 into normal amps/speakers.

It's a pity more power amp makers don't follow the system on my MF308 power with 2 seperate phono inputs so all I do to move from my hifi to my AV system is press the button on the front.

The last two 568.2MM to sell on ebay made £2250 and £1680, as the G68 takes over then 568's should get to be more common and I guess sell around the sub £2000 mark.

UrbanT - I think the Tag upgrades are now overpriced, it makes more sense to sell and buy a new one just like with all the other manufacturers. What about the Bryston Pre/Pro, does that not tempt you?

Gus
 

rags

Well-known Member
Originally posted by brendank
same boat too:rolleyes:

just wondering UrbanT



would you care to elaborate a bit more on the discount you could expect on a new av8

also regarding the Meridian 568.2 have i not read somewhere that its kinda tied into having meridian active speakers for the full 7.1


:)


£2500 sounds about right.
 

Stereo Steve

Novice Member
I would be suprised if many people could tell the difference between the Tag and Arcam bypass in reality. Plus, the Tag is a great pre-amp in it's own right. I have demoed a newer Tag than mine (7.1 192) against the AV8 and I did just preffer the AV8 I think but would get a Tag if it was £100 cheaper.

The machine I'm after is the Bryston with the optional video switching unit. Looks the dogs but I guess I'll have to travel to the smoke to get a demo.

With Tag 192 7.1's going for around £1500 it seems a good stepping stone and will be my next move. As has already been said, why would I pay Tag £700 to upgrade my AV32R 5.1 when I can probably get a grand for it and buy a newer one for £4-500 more?
 

rags

Well-known Member
Urban T,

The Bryston SP1.7 is not worth the money they charge for it (imho). A desperately needed upgrade is due this year. For movies an AV8 is better and costs a lot less. The SP1.7 costs £4.5K (?) without any switching and that brings it into Meridian G series / Lexicon MC8 territory where frankly its way out of its depth (for movies at least). Nice amps though.

An Arcam AV8 will offer an improvement over your BP192 for movies and music. I dont think the difference will be huge but neither will the trade up cost.

Not heard the Meridian but read a lot of good things about it.
 

UrbanT

Distinguished Member
Thanks for the comments guys. My gut feeling was head the AV8 route as it has so many advantages, good connectivity, good for music which should suit my CD23T well, relatively cheap in this company and 7.1 as standard. I may lose some future upgradability from Tag but its so damn expensive anyway that its almost useless for me.

As for discount, I had nothing in mind specifically. I would have hoped to get 15% min off anything I buy, if I get the projector at the same time I would want a good deal on the pair

I had excluded the modern Lexicon and Bryston due to cost and lack of any likely 2nd hand stock.

I did see the Meridian on Ebay, very handy as its a local shop, but the lack of inputs is worrying, regardless of the sound quality.

Decisions, decisions...... :)
 

buns

Banned
I would disagree that the bryston is out of its depth up with the lexicon and co...... it all depends of what you are looking for.

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rags

Well-known Member
Well for me it was primarily a home cinema processor and for movies it doesnt really compete. But as always it's just my opinion....
 

buns

Banned
well it might not be as sharp at the rear, but most people seem to agree its front soundstage is exceptionally strong

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brendank

Novice Member
heys rags

just wondering how come you have not proposed your parasound as an option??

have you sorted out the blue display yet??

£2500 for the arcam av8 sounds okay are there any online outlets for arcam stuff.

cheers;)
 

rags

Well-known Member
Ad - I pretty much agree, but for that kind of money I would be looking for sharp in the whole soundstage.
 

rags

Well-known Member
Originally posted by brendank
heys rags

just wondering how come you have not proposed your parasound as an option??

have you sorted out the blue display yet??

£2500 for the arcam av8 sounds okay are there any online outlets for arcam stuff.

cheers;)

Well I am biased towards it - definately the best of the lot by a country mile :D

Blue lights are still glowing strong (and I still hate them just as much!) although most people who come round like them as it goes reasonably well with the look of the case.

I dont think there are any online retailers for Arcam stuff. Im guessing that you should be able to waggle 15% off.
 

brendank

Novice Member
Blue lights are still glowing strong (and I still hate them just as much!)


:D

maybe you should consider putting them in cabinet check my post in the arcam forum "looking for two way control of your av8 and much more" looks good and offers the opportunity to automate your lighting,heating,alarm etc through your pc using windows.they have also done a driver for the halo c1 so your c2 shouldnt be a big problem.

they also have driver done for denon 3803 and lexicon mc -12

danger is it might start a couple more projects

sorry guys a bit off topic:eek:

cheers

:)
 

buns

Banned
i guess that is fair rags..... i tend to prefer having superior performance at the front, the thought of having anything but fantastic at the front bugs me! :D obviously we have different preferences!

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rags

Well-known Member
Ad - your right it's all down to preference. I had the option of picking up an SP1.7 for £250 more than what I paid for the C2 but I choose not to. The C2 front three performance wasnt noticeably poorer than the SP1.7 but it's rear channel performance was definately better and it immersed you in the experience a lot more. If I was going to step up it would have been for the MC8 at 50% more which I thought was excellent - however given some of the negatives I have read about the MC8 it shows how little I know....

I know the SP1.7 is supposed to have a very good analogue bypass but my requirement was to buy the best HC processor I could afford and the SP1.7 with it's performance and to a lesser extent feature count wasn't it (and I know lots of satisfied SP1.7 owners will disagree with me but thats there prerogative at the end of the day :))
 

Peter Baker

Novice Member
Hi guys,
I'm a little late to this thread, but had to pick up on Guys comment that all high end processors are of similar quality for music, with differences being down to personal preference. I cannot agree, and many will know I have spent a great deal of time looking into this. In fact I believe the performance on HT is far more similar than that on music, with the complications of digital processing tending to create a more level soundfield. Some have better steering than others, and some are more dynamic, but all bring a similar, and highly impressive soundstage. Then it comes down to feature sets.
On music, in comparison, the tonal differences can be dramatic. Whilst these are something of a personal taste area, I believe other areas, such as timing, are qualitative. I would urge any potential purchaser for whom music is part of the deal to listen to a number of the options using their own source component if at all possible.
Of course, this is just my 2p
As an update, I'm waiting to hear the new Meridian G series. The pre/pro is out, but not the matching 5 channel amp.

Best regards
Peter
 

General Skanky

Well-known Member
It took longer than I thought for someone to come in on that one.:)

My point was a bit sweeping and stated pretty bluntly.

If I'd written it correctly, it should have been a bit more detailed.

I was trying to look at a package as a whole.

I love my music too. There will be a compromise somewhere, for sure. I'm just not totally convinced it would be in the stereo/bypass performance.

I haven't the extensive demoing under my belt as you
Peter, but I certainly have heard a few processors. In my experiece it has been personal preference. Ie, I loved the sound of a Naim rig, very, very musical but my wife was smitten by the Parasound played right after it. I thought it was dull by comparison.

It really is funny how we hear different things.
 

lovegroova

Well-known Member
Originally posted by UrbanT
Guys, some thoughts would be much appreciated on this dilemna. I have searched and read many threads on the processor subject, but I'm still confused/uncertain.

The dilemna is that I may well be able to have a 7.1 set up soon, where at the mo I only have 5.1. I want the following:
. 7.1 (obviously)
. an analogue connection for my CD23T which I love
. a 5.1 input for DVDA/SACD

I'm trying to gain a balanced system for movies and music, both are important, and its not practical to have 2 seperate systems.

It should also be taken into account that at the same time, I might buy my first projector and HTPC. I have no knowledge on either subject so have no idea how this may effect any opinions, other than if I had to lose DVDA/SACD as I didn't have the 757 anymore, so be it.

Having seen your front room (unless you've moved of course!) I cannot see the need for a 7.1 system, particularly as the 2 rears are relatively close together, and especially if you are thinking of buying expensive things like projectors and screens. (How many 6.1 films do you own?)

DVDA/SACD don't see to be a massive priority (how many DVDA/SACDs do you own?)

You say to love the CD23, this is presumably via the TAG bypass, so if you love it, it can't be that bad (personally I think it's great, not colouring the sound at all and sounds awesome with my Densen CDP)

I would then spend the money saved on a better screen/projector/scaler/HTPC which means that you don't need the 5.1/2.0 bypass and you'll benefit from better PQ.
 

lowrider

Standard Member
The KRELL Showcase does it all, plus EQ, and you can bypass processing for any of its several analog inputs, of course including 7.1 bypass... :smashin:
 

rags

Well-known Member
Originally posted by General Skanky

I loved the sound of a Naim rig, very, very musical but my wife was smitten by the Parasound played right after it. I thought it was dull by comparison.


Your wife obviously has very good taste :D
 

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