Componenet Video switcher bandwidth now 100Mhz (and the component inputs(2) are assignable)
Video Conversion from 5803
Digital inputs/outputs increased (5 optical, 2 coax) (2 optical outputs)
Crossover Points added - 40 and 60 Hz
All new DDSC-D featuring Analog Devices' Melody 100 DSP (new name for the HammerHead Sharc - used in 5803) (Dolby Digital EX Pro Logic II, dts ES) (dts 96/24)
Burr-Brown PCM-1791 24/192 DAC's (2 per channel, in differential configuration) (Also, Burr-Brown PCM-1804 24/192 A/D Converter)
Pure Direct Mode
Multi-Source/Zone section improved (now fully discrete power on/off) (variable/Fixed audio pre-out with Composite Video) (Remote I/O ports) (12 V trigger) (amp Assign)
Available October '02 SRP - $1200
Those added x-over points for the sub/mains and 192khz dac's are a nice upgrade. However, notice that the heat sinks may not be turned horizontally, which could lead to better heat dissipation form vertically casted ones???
I was considering picking up this reciever. I am a newbie to the A/V market and I was wondering if this is a good buy. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I live in Canada and this reciever goes for roughly 2200 dollars here. I was wondering if anyone knows another reciever with roughly the same features as this one in the same price range (1200 USD). The Pioneer VSX-45TX seems comparable in features but lacks the same power output, also, the NAD T762 looks like it would do just nicely but unfortunatly I will not be able to audition this amp because it would have to be ordered in. Your opinions are welcome and thanks for reading.