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  1. Pretty much agree, you need to spend similar money on a 2ch pre to make meaningful improvements. JDH
  2. Here is an example of the 2ch Elektra power amp that shows the internal construction. I also have the 7ch version too. JDH
  3. I manage the same thing, the members split the family hifi plan 6 ways !!!! JDH
  4. I agree, this rule also applies for the majority of top shelf AV pre/pros too, thats why I use a dedicated 2ch pre with HT bypass connected directly to a power amp. JDH
  5. Two extremes, the AVM70 looks overall good value while the AVM90 way overpriced for the differences. whats with the Red circuit boards, why not use green or blue like everyone else? I assume with the future hdmi upgrade the entire top hdmi board gets swapped out? JDH
  6. One of the drivers is to go from a 5.2.4 to 5.2.6 setup, as you can see from the location of the sliding door a 7.2.6 setup was not really practical. I’d actually installed 6 x atmos ceiling speakers but currently only have amplification and processing power in the AV-8802a for 4 x atmos speakers, not the end of the world but would be happy to try it out, especially after installing the extra atmos speakers, also within 2 to 3 years I’ll upgrade my TV and/or projector to be 8k capable but again 4k is still fine for 2 to 3 years. Also I will re-building another house up the road in about 5
  7. Thanks, Still not bad in the real world, the centre and surrounds still get 140w and the atmos speakers get 60W which are very efficient 8ohm speakers, clearly the AVM-70 paired with a couple of Elektra Power amps would provide better overall HT performance, but as my main focus is still 2ch music which is still 100% bypassing the AVR through the HT bypass feature and directed through my dedicated Bel canto 2ch setup including quality 2ch seperate power amp anyway, my concern regarding atmos speaker rating would not bother me I suspect. JDH
  8. Looking at the new Anthem line up, I suspect I’ll eventually either move to an Anthem AVM-70 paired with a couple of Elektra Audio amps or maybe even an Anthem MRX-1140 in conjunction with my existing Bel canto 2ch pre-amp (DAC 3.5 mk2) with either an existing 2ch Elektra Audio HD reference of Bel canto REF500/600 monoblock amps to power my main speakers for music using the HT bypass feature built into the Bel canto 2ch pre. Everything else could be powered through the MRX-1140, this would also reduce the complexity and space of my current setup without to many compromises, 2ch music is still
  9. Great work, this may also inspire me to sell my Marantz AV-8802a and upgrade to the AV-8805 or Anthem etc for 6 x atmos speakers, however I’d need an additional power amp too other than this feature the AV-8802a still remains cutting edge and very well featured !!! JDH
  10. These AV pre amps are very well made units, I also own an AV-8802a, basically everything just works, no switching delays, hdmi drop outs etc and all with excellent sound quality. JDH
  11. I had this issue on my RB-1080 when I owned it, the distributor in Australia did some sought of upgrade, lasted about 3 months and failed again, was replace a 2nd time with a new unit. In the end I sold it and purchased an Elektra Audio Reference instead. This was a bit of a known issue with the RB-1080, never had a similar issue with my RB-1070 or RMB-1075. JDH
  12. I use to own one of these, only sold it to upgrade to the current Electra Audio Reference HD !!!! JDH
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