So I've been looking for a new Pre/Pro for the past year, and I am happy to say that I am pretty pretty close to pull the trigger on one.
- B&K Reference 70
- Integra DHC-80.1
- Parasound Halo C3 (still not released with promises promises since July 09)
(This has been my choice based on the early promises of Features)
- Marantz AV-8003
- Anthem AVM50 (MSRP price is the highest, so it has
It has been a tedious efforts to look, audition, and research of all these Pre/Pro. At the end, ALL of the above Pre/Pro have its shortcomings, (excluding Halo C3, since it still hasn't been released).
Based on my #1 criteria that has been and always been key, that is audio quality (which B&K REF50S2 has been really good), my choice is Marantz AV-8003. It is a bit outdated, but the Pre/Pro has its toroidal PS that is (perhaps) one of the reasons it has the best SQ.
I'll be offering my REF50S2 here once I received and installed the Marantz.
Look forward to clean up the back of these gears and do the cablings again (NOT).