Re: High end processors VS low end processors/receivers, hardware differences?
The Integra DHC-9.9 is an excellent surround pre-amp. I own one can couldn't be more pleased. It even has excellent ISF video controls that are usually far more extensive then what is on your HDTV. The Integra is undoubtedly at the point of greatest bang for the buck. It is also more flexible and has more features then most that cost far more--the advantage of Onkyo/Integra's quality quasi-mass production. Of course, as far as excellent smaller scale audio jewelry is concerned, the Anthem AVM-50 and Anthem D2 which cost between $5K and $8K are both great with far superior build quality to the Integra. Not that Integra is built poorly, it is built with good quality commercial receiver-type enclosure. The Anthems are built with far more expensive machined metal, rather than the pressed steel on most rerceivers.