Re: High end pre/pro's. Are they worth it???
In my albeit limited experience with the new pre/pros out there, I am totally convinced that almost any of them will make DD and DTS sound like crap if the allow PCM or bitstream decode the new codecs as they are SO much better than what we are used to.
I also have a strong interest in two channel and multi-channel music, so to keep me happy in my rig, my pre/pro must do analog audio as well as it does the new codecs. I will even go one further to say we are no where near knowing just how good these new codecs sound as no real upper end company has gotten these units out, and even when they do, they are still first gen models!
Imagine what the likes of Krell, Levinson, and Meridian can do in a few model years with these uncompressed audio formats???????
Ken Taraszka, MD