I just purchased, after extensive reading, a Panasonic DMP-BD-55 Blu-ray player which internally decodes the new lossless audio formats.
I currently have a Classe' SSP-25, a wonderful sounding 5.1 DD/DTS/THX controller, which has no 7.1 analog audio inputs.
I need to upgrade the controller to listen to the new lossless audio.
I will either do 1). an older controller with analog 7.1 inputs, or 2.) a new one, like the Integra 9.9, which by all accounts is excellent at street $1800. There are older Integras out there for about $900-1000, which may fill the need, if the Panasonic's DACs are acceptable. I am happy with DD and DTS 5.1 for films, and am more into High Res 2 channel audio than High-Res film audio. Vinyl is my highest res audio, with a Cambridge Audio CD as my digital source.
Analog Bypass is a must, as I have only one system.
Any comments on the Integra gear?