The Stage One is quite simply an extraordinary AV preamp. With loads of inputs/outputs and a wide range of processing capability, the Stage One is an excellent machine for home theater or as a music stereo preamp. Its THX Ultra2 certified and uses the Crystal 24-bit/ 192 KHz DAC to process all 8 channels. We also have the matching 3005 multi-channel amp that it was previously partnered to in a top notch AV system that sounded more like a $15,000 system than a under $8,000 setup. It may not have HDMI inputs and outputs but if you could do with RCAs and S-Video outputs, this is still a great sounding AV preamp. And if you are planning to use this as a regular two channel preamp, you have a winner here for under $600.
Cosmetically, the av preamp looks good and only upon closeup do you then notice some scuff light scratches/nicks here and there. We were given a brand new remote but the touchscreen seems to have some issue (?) so we programmed a Logitech Harmony 650 remote which will work with it. Both remotes will be included. The manual is available on Aragon’s website. Unit will be securely packed for safe shipping.