IN SEARCH OF A BETTER PROCESSOR THAN CLASSE I had had the excellent Classe SSP300 preamp processor for a few years and although a superb bit of gear it lacks HDMI and HD sound processing. ( I used 'passthrough' and a denon bd3800 which has the required onboard sound processing. ) When I bought it Classe ASSURED me it would be upgradable to HDMI ( aye right!). In them early days who knew what.... Anyway, it was time for a change. David Schultz, he of The Upgrade Company (TUC), came up in a discussion on avforums. One of Mr Shultzs cheerleaders chimed in with something positive only to be quickly contradicted by another poster who had had an awful experience with TUC. This new poster mentioned 'Cinemike' of MS Technik - a modding company based in Germany. Does modding work? I'm INCREDIBLY suspicious. You send your gear over to some unknown guy in another country, pay them a fair wack, and trust that they carry out the mod to the level they claim will upgrade your gear, and that it will be improved to the level far beyond its original abilities.Tough! I was intrigued. The poster on here had had an amp, bd player and was getting a processor modded by cinemike. He assured me he could see and hear the difference. Hear the difference I said? But it's over HDMI??? Are you serious? He was! I was doubly intrigued. I googled and found contact details for MS Technik I called them and spoke to an associate of Cinemike incidentally also called Michael. I hope he wasn't takin it....( geddit?) We chatted for ages. He has excellent English. Theyve also been working on improving the Sony 1000ES projector( which I own) an Oppo, and a high end Bryston processor.( apparently with Brystons full knowledge and blessing). His recommendation? Track down a Denon AVP and he'll improve it with their around 500 modifications on a standard AVP- starting with the fuse holder! Seriously! As luck would have it one was available from a poster on here. I bought it. No sound. It went back! Then I tracked one down to Unilet, paid for it and got it delivered. This one worked fine thank goodness. It's INCREDIBLY complicated to set up, soooooo many options. Eventually I got it set up as best I could. The guys at Unilet were very helpful in this endeavour. How did it sound? What about the picture? Bloody average. Not particularly impressed. Sound OR picture. I called Michael at MS Technik. What's the deal Michael? Apparently ONLY after their mod will it look and sound special. And that's where we are at right now. I'm sending my AVP and my new Denon 3313 Bd, which he also recommended, over to Cinemike soon for modding. It's not cheap. Will it work? Ill keep you posted.