Originally Posted by faberryman
It is just possible than Denon/Integra/Onyko received a volume discount and the per unit cost of adding Audyssey to a Denon/Integra/Onkyo receiver is less than the per unit cost of adding Audyssey to the Classe SSP-800. I only suggest this as a possibility.
Classe was originally to have introduced the SSP-800 at between $10,000-$12,000. They were convinced by some peers in the industry to price it to be a world beater that more could afford, even though with the years of R&D spent on it, it would mean that it in and of itself would not make them a king's ransom. Why are people resentful of high priced things? Classe is a tiny company compared to Integra and the engineers they employ are some of the finest that have ever worked in this industry, including the man who engineered the Linn CD12 and many of Mark Levinson's finest from their glory days. Again, the Integra is great for what it is - a nice mass market product that will be obsolete in a year (hence the DTC 9.9 even though the 9.8 is still selling great). The SSP-800, REGARDLESS OF FORMATS NEW OR EXISTING, will be a world class piece of audio gear for as long as it's running.