Originally Posted by wes
For me that will be the key factor:
Digital high def DD tru HD and DTS Master Audio as well as DSD SACD in comparing Classé SSP-800 and Integra DTC 9.9 if sound is equal then the decision will be easy
No need for analogue for me thanks I stop buying Vinyl 25 years ago
I did not say I thought the sound would be equal. I think the sound will be in the same ballpark on hi rez sources. After considering price - $2,000 vs. $8,000 - most people will go with the Integra, I believe. Looking at Kenny's point about analog out, yes, the Classe will have a much more elaborate analog out stage. But, the Integra will have a much more capable DSP-based EQ, which Classe can only promise but cannot deliver at this point. When it is delivered, it will be no match for Audyssey, especially for an Audyssey Pro ugraded Integra. The Audyssey EQ is capable of making the Integra sound much more expensive than it is. It overcomes some of the weakness of not having the most sophisticated analog out stage.
I think the much more potentially potent step up from the Integra will be the Anthem with ARC EQ, when they finally step up to HDMI 1.3.
I am sure it has not escaped your notice that I am a strong believer in what well designed EQ can do. It cannot fix certain room problems like treatments can, but it can improve the sound in even a well treated room. After listening to the Anthem with ARC off and on, don't you agree, Kenny?