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Old 04-07-2022, 10:04 PM   #1
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The Integra DTR80.2 I have been using as a preamp is dying. Looking to move to a true preamp/processor. If it came down to good quality new vs. better quality used I'd go with better quality used. What used preamps should I look at?

-I won't ever be able to do immersive audio in this room so don't need Atmos, X, or Auro 3D. A 7.1 or even 5.1 would be good enough but if immersive formats are included it isn't a problem.

-It would be nice if it can pass 4k HDR, including DolbyVision. Not 100% required but would simplify my set up slightly.

-Source is Oppo 203, Amp is Krell Showcase 7 channel (only using 5), speakers are a mix of Thiel models, sub is a Paradigm Ref Servo 15.

-Balanced outputs not required.

-Budget is $1,000 to 2,000 US Dollars.
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The Integra DTR80.2 I have been using as a preamp is dying. Looking to move to a true preamp/processor. If it came down to good quality new vs. better quality used I'd go with better quality used. What used preamps should I look at?

-I won't ever be able to do immersive audio in this room so don't need Atmos, X, or Auro 3D. A 7.1 or even 5.1 would be good enough but if immersive formats are included it isn't a problem.

-It would be nice if it can pass 4k HDR, including DolbyVision. Not 100% required but would simplify my set up slightly.

-Source is Oppo 203, Amp is Krell Showcase 7 channel (only using 5), speakers are a mix of Thiel models, sub is a Paradigm Ref Servo 15.

-Balanced outputs not required.

-Budget is $1,000 to 2,000 US Dollars.
Nice system. The Marantz 8802a may fit the bill for you. You can also look at the ToneWinner AT 300 as many people seem to like it. I haven't heard very much about its room correction though. You're looking around $1500 for the Marantz used and around $1200 for the ToneWinner new.
Another option is using a receiver as a prepro. You have a lot of options with that. Many use the Denon x6700h for that purpose. There's also an Anthem MRX 1120 for sale used (I have no connection to the seller) for $1999 on USAudioMart. I hope this helps you on your path.
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Old 04-09-2022, 04:32 PM   #3
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This time I want to go preamp instead of receiver with preouts.

In general for Marantz what is the difference between AV77xx vs. AV88xx series?

What is the earlier Marantz generation with HDR capability?
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