The Reference 30 was a highly revered AV processor/preamp before the arrival of HDMI. To a certain extent, the Ref 30 is still “relevant” in today’s home theater system where you can route the HDMI output directly to your TV and the digital output from your player to the Ref 30. That way, you still pass through HD videos on to your screen but still get to get enjoy the Ref 30’s prowess in audio processing. Setting up the Ref 30 does take some serious concentration and focus but once it is done, it is time to enjoy. And that was the key point of the Ref 30 – its high quality sound. Even as a stereo preamp, it is well worth the $395 outlay and just treat the AV processing portion as a “free” bonus.
Cosmetically, the unit looks really good. Just minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major. Very important manual and remote is included. Unit will be securely packed for safe shipping.