Simply put; one of the best processors, pre-amplifiers available for any price, but you prbably know this already. If not, just check the reviews...
The unit is in excelent physical and working conditions. Comes with remote, power cable and manual.
This processor is flawless and was used very little in the "other" room... The only processor I heard that may sound better to my ears is Casablanca III with Extreme or Superior DACs. However, the AVP2 is much easier to operate especially for 7.1 setups... The sound quality is incredible... Both, Proceed and Casablanca are head and shoulders above everything else out there, and I heard practically everything that is usually mentioned in this regard... IMO.
I am expecting a baby and selling extra gear I will not be able to use any longer. I will be selling some Meridian, Request and Casablanca II with the Superior DAC, write me if interested...
Practically all Proceed gear is designed after Mark Levinson equipment with a lot more reasonable price tag. That was the actual reason why the line was discontinued. People start buying Proceed equipment and sales of Mark Levinson started to drop, so the line was terminated by Madrigal. Proceed AVP2 is similar to $30,000 Mark Levinson #40 processor, as per the AVP2 copy:
“Features found in both models include the digital interface receiver (DIR), the "Intelligent FIFO" digital input buffer, and differential DACs for left and right front channels. The #40 and the AVP2 have "identical processing hardware and software," according to Madrigal, and both use four "SHARC" 32-bit fixed/floating point processors for the main zone.......”
This is an original AVP2, not 2.5K upgrade of AVP...
FROM THE MANUAL:
"The AVP2 includes eight channels of digital to analog conversion, all of which
can process and convert 192 kHz digital information. In addition, all volume controls
within the AVP2 are implemented in the analog domain, allowing the DACs
to run at their maximum resolution at all times. (This approach stands in contrast
to digital volume controls, which operate by requiring the converters to operate at
less than their maximum capabilities. After all, what would be the point of having
24 bit/192 kHz music formats if you end up throwing away much of the improvement
in a digital volume control?)"
"Technologies that were developed for the Mark Levinson No.40 that will be implemented in the AVP Update include:
To gain maximum benefit from the extensive DSP related software written for the No.40 platform (such as HDCD, Surround EX, DTS ES, Dolby Pro Logic II, the latest THX Ultra(r) algorithms and other processes), the Proceed AVP will migrate to the same 32-bit SHARC platform. This consolidation allows our product development process to be more efficient and timely by making DSP software portable up and down the range of Proceed and Mark Levinson products. The updated AVP immediately benefits by inclusion of many decoding and processing capabilities developed on the No.40 platform.
* Volume Control: The AVP Update incorporates a new volume control implementation similar in performance to that used in Mark Levinson components, including the No.40 Media Console and No.32 Reference Preamplifier. As such, it is a high-resolution, digitally controlled, analog design. Significantly, this unique analog attenuator maintains the full performance of the AVP's remarkable DACs at ALL levels, something impossible with digital volume controls.
* Intelligent FIFO(tm): All digital audio signals are received using Madrigal's Intelligent FIFO digital receiver technology. Previously reserved for Mark Levinson separate digital processors, (including the No.40), our Intelligent FIFO effectively rejects distortion-inducing jitter and maximizes the performance potential of the incoming signal.
* Digital to Analog Conversion & Output Circuitry: The AVP Update will include all new digital-to-analog conversion circuitry. Like the No.40, the converter and its associated circuitry is fully capable of optimizing the performance of any signal that the AVP is likely to receive. An outstanding new output buffer circuit employs similar topology and performance to that found in our best components and contributes greatly to the AVP Update's sound quality. The output buffer features remarkable immunity to adverse interactions with interconnecting cables and unusual input impedance characteristics of power amplifiers.