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Processor Thoughts


Addicted to Fun and Learning
May 3, 2020
I was initially surprised to see Arcam and Emotiva do so poorly in Amir's tests. Yes, discouraging in general how poor the processor market has manifested itself. If I were rich, I would likely go with Storm Audio. I would like to see reviews of other makes such as AudioControl, Theta Casablanca, and Rotel. I recently picked up Rotel's top of the line processor as I found a deal for a demo unit. They are normally $3700. So far, I only have it hooked up in stereo, but I like it, both in terms of sound and functionality. I wish the Rotel had XLR ins/outs. Other than that, it has all the features that I need, including 4K switching. A used AudioControl came on the market and I was tempted but I don't know enough about them. Feature wise, it would have had everything my Rotel has and also XLR. I welcome any and all processor opinions, particularly with respect to AudioControl, Theta, and Rotel, or others that should be under consideration. I have ruled out Arcam, Emotiva, and JBL because of the reveiws here in ASR. For now, I will likely stick with this Rotel, as Theta or AudioControl are pricey, especially if new. A new Casablanca V costs more than Storm Audio, but perhaps a Casablanca lower in the food chain could do 4k switching and could be picked up used.


Active Member
May 10, 2020
The AudioControl units are Arcam based just like the JBL SDP's. However, I will vouch for the JBL. The SDP-55 tested here, was an early production run with hardware and software issues. The issues are now, mostly, resolved. I have had one running for a year with out issues, at least none that are audible, and the software has been stable.
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