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DP upgrade for the AV32R- Worth it?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Rob, Jul 20, 2003.

  1. Rob

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    Hi Folks,

    Having looked at the possibility of upgrading my AV32R EX with the dual processor option, it looks as though it would cost around £1800 for my model. This is not far off what I paid in the first place!

    Is there really that much of a difference? It looks as though I'm unable to listen to one before hand, so could do with some comments from users, and people who have heard both.

    Cheers Rob.
     
  2. alanrob

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    I was thinking about this upgrade too, but changed my mind as I doubt it would be of great benfit over my current set up.

    Heard lots of people of the Tag site rave about the upgrade, but I just can't justify spending more than it cost in the 1st place just to get more power that I don't really need as I doubt I'll ever go 7.1 etc..
     
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    Rob.

    I sold my original av32r on to a fellow member here, it was a 7.1 unit with 24/192khz dacs (PL2 and DTS ES Discrete) but no bypass. The actual cost of up-grading this unit worked out to be not that far away (about 600.00 if i recall correctly) from selling on and buying new, which is what i did and got the 5.1 bypass into the bargain if you like.
    Firstly just to get this out of the way, i got my new D.P unit in the middle of March and have suffered a few technical difficulties ever since, a mixture of both software and hardware incompatibilities that the dual processor presented that, to the best of my knowledge have only this minute now been ironed out and on Friday i received a D.P unit that appears to be functioning flawlessly, i was aware of other owners experiencing similar problems but am not sure as to whether the entire D.P range was afflicted up until Monday of last week, certainly as i understand it production was "halted"? for a little while but those chaps at Tag have got it all under control now.

    Is it worth the up-grade?
    How long is a piece of string?

    Is it better than the original unit?
    Yes, but no-one is going to tell you that it is like going from a Metro to a 911.
    For starters if you are only using 5.1 then you have no need or ability to use THX2 processing (other than subwoofer boundary compensation)
    How many of us use DTS96/24?

    The selectable crossover points on all channels and bass redirection rules (and of course boundary compensation) now allow a comprehensive bass management set-up that allows you to use your speakers in a more efficient way.
    TMREQ is so very good - that in my opinion it just could be as Tag say, in that under poor room acoustics' situations it is probably better than a speaker up-grade - but of course if your room is better than average then TMREQ is not going to have the same dramtic effect - although you really should hear what an even subwoofer response sounds like - simply magical! I kid you not.
    Processing across the board is much improved,it is both razor sharp and perfectly delineated within a constant and stable 360 soundfield.
    A few changes to some of the existing surround programs have been made.
    Party mode and the forth-coming height channel are new free surround modes.
    Dolby headphone is an optional extra.
    I think the unit is bloody superb, but then everyone knows (and is bored by) this.
    It is still a Tag and retains "that" sound - like it or loathe it.
    It is in my opinion and my set-up a great purchase/up-grade/whatever, i could forsee however for some that it simply will not bring the same gains.

    Regards

    Steven
     
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    Thanks for your posts Guys, A few good points to consider.

    Acoustically, my room is not good, virtually square, so the TMREQ could well be worth it in itself. I currently use a BFD , which I've found effective, although limited of course. I'm mainly using Kef TDMs and Rotel amps , which I know are not 'top end' but would probably still benefit from the upgrade. I may see what kind of deal I can get on a new model against what mine is likely to be worth (standard AV32R EX, only upgrades I've had are PLII & DTS discrete). This could be the deciding factor.

    I guess these decisions are never easy.

    Thanks again,

    Rob.
     
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