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01-31-12 12:03 PM
xmaoo190
Re: Best Receiver Advice / Opinions

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-Marantz SR5006

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NAD T748

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I looked and sample both receivers when I was shopping around for a AVR for my Martin Logan setup (Vantage, Depth, Motif). Between the two, I'd go with NAD, they're awesome in stereo mode and more than capable with a HT setup. The SR5006 is a great receiver, but If you're going to do Marantz, don't over look the AV7005 pre/pro setup. You can find a great deal on one (refurb) at Accessories4Less. Probably the best bang/$ out there.
01-26-12 08:25 PM
tonyvdb
Re: Best Receiver Advice / Opinions

Onkyo for 5 years running has made the best amplification sections in their class, bench tests have proven this over and over year after year. You cant argue real numbers and Onkyo have real good numbers when it comes to output all channels driven. Most receivers tested under $1500 usually drop to around 60% of their rated output Onkyo always seems to get in the 75 to 80% range unheard of for recivers in that price range.
01-26-12 05:31 PM
sub_crazy
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I tend to disagree that there really is no significant difference in sound quality between receivers. While I have not owned the receivers in question here I did have a Denon 4311, Marantz AV7005 and now own the Onkyo 5508 which IMO just sounded a lot better for movies.

All these are pre-amps (except the Denon 4311 but I used it in pre-amp mode) but the same amp and system was used in the same room of my home.

I would say the Denon and Marantz (which are sister company's) have a laid back sound compared to the Onkyo which might actually favor a Thiel system. If movies are you main concern then I say get the Onkyo, if music is your first priority than the Marantz.
01-26-12 05:03 PM
ALMFamily
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Well, haven't purchased anything yet. Still doing some forum hopping. But maybe this is a mistake. Too many opinions start to become overwhelming. But i did find a forum strictly based on the Marantz SR6006 and the reviews are hit or miss. A lot of people seem to really like them, but the same people also complain of several different small issues they have ran into with this AVR.

On the other hand, I found a forum based strictly upon the Onkyo NR809 and hands down, everybody raves about it. I just don't know how much of a difference the sound quality is going to be between the Marantz and the Onkyo. And what makes the $400 price difference of the Marantz worth the extra money?
Kurt,

I could be wrong (and I usually am - just ask my wife ), but I think once you get to choosing between newer AVRs, there really is no significant difference in sound quality. It really comes down to the features that are most important to you. I think this is the reason you seen so many people raving about the 809 - not only is it packed with features, it also has the best amplifier stage as well as all the preouts.

As many people have said to me - study, make a choice, and don't look back.
01-26-12 04:55 PM
Just Kurt
Re: Best Receiver Advice / Opinions

Well, haven't purchased anything yet. Still doing some forum hopping. But maybe this is a mistake. Too many opinions start to become overwhelming. But i did find a forum strictly based on the Marantz SR6006 and the reviews are hit or miss. A lot of people seem to really like them, but the same people also complain of several different small issues they have ran into with this AVR.

On the other hand, I found a forum based strictly upon the Onkyo NR809 and hands down, everybody raves about it. I just don't know how much of a difference the sound quality is going to be between the Marantz and the Onkyo. And what makes the $400 price difference of the Marantz worth the extra money?
01-26-12 04:43 PM
MikeBiker
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Congratulations on your purchase! The Marantz is well built receivers and should last a long time. Enjoy the better sound that you will get from your Thiels.
01-26-12 01:40 PM
Just Kurt
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See, I'm glad I found this site. Got some good advice and my opinion and options have swayed a bunch. Now it's looking like the winner is gonna be a refurbed Marantz SR6006 from accessories4less.
01-26-12 12:59 PM
TypeA
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I guess at this point it's a toss up between the Marantz 5006 and the Onkyo NR809.

Onkyo will almost always beat a Marantz when it comes to bells whistles and specs, its their forte. However I highly recommend you actually listen to the Marantz as thats their forte.
01-26-12 11:44 AM
tonyvdb
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I guess at this point it's a toss up between the Marantz 5006 and the Onkyo NR809.
If its between those two then the 809 is much better, you get THX certification giving you some very useful processing modes, The amp section is much stronger than the Marantz and you get the very best video processing up to 4K something that no other manufacturer gives at this point in that price range.
01-26-12 11:25 AM
Just Kurt
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Yeah, I currently live in a relatively small (about 500 sq ft) loft apartment. Due to the layout and room size I am only running a 5.1 system. So I won't be drawing power for a 7.1, but have been told none the less that the Thiels will sound way better being driven by a good power amp. I guess at this point it's a toss up between the Marantz 5006 and the Onkyo NR809.
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