thanks for the quick reply!
No I am sorry the cost would be excessive to try and replace the SP1.7 look with the new C-Series.
Would have been cool though to upgrade my SP-1 PRO to a "like new" SP-2 PRO...
Anyway I expect to have a SP-2 inside the 1.7 case is still a major improvement over my "good old" SP-1...
Should have pictures in a week or so.
Maybe once I see them, I will understand why it would be that complex to fit a SP-2 front onto an SP 1 or SP1.7.
As for future upgrades we will probably look at offering some kind of EQ (oh god)
I read about your reservations against EQs... I am using the Velodyne DD-15 subwoofer which has a TI DSP and, among other interesting features, an 8 Band parametric EQ and I am really overwhelmed how it improved bass performance in my acoustically challenging listening environment. I don't know if an EQ can do as much above 100Hz as it currently does for me under 100Hz where it flattened the valleys and peaks in a way that I felt like hearing the real thing for the first time! Then again, I think bass is a special area: The DD-15 e.g. has a tight servo-feedback-loop and a 1250 Watt RMS digital amp, something I wouldn't use for anthing else but the low frequency area at this stage...
Still, third parties like Audyssey do offer software solutions for TI DSPs that provide room correction capabilities that do not seem to be too bad. What I do like about the Velodyne approach is that they provide an integrated package, with the calibrated microfone, the internal test tone generator and the video out for an external control monitor. This way you really can use the parametric EQ to improve linearity as the user sees the effect of EQ changes instantly.
Should be sometime in November 05.
Sounds great! Fortunately, Sun Audio in Munich is quite competent in providing service here in Germany. I will contact them as soon as the announcement has been made.