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Originally Posted by arnyk
The market for 2-channel receivers has neither the volume nor the competitive fervor of the market for 5.1 AVRs. You generally get a lot less for the money with the specialty item.
If you look at the specs and how they line up with system requirements, there is actually very little or nothing sonically speaking that the AVR misses.
BTW here is the inside view of a Marantz PM6004
Here is the best picture I can find of the inside of a AVR 1713
There's a lot of similarity in the the appearance power amp sections of these components, its just that the Denon has more copies of the same basic circuit. The Marantz is more of a big empty box.
That becomes more apparent when you look at a complete Denon AVR (different model)
The box is somewhat more full but not crowded.
One thing I see right off that would make the Marantz PM6004 a better unit is the toroidal transformer vs. the inferior E-I transformers in that older xxx3 or xxx5 Denon AVR and, most surely, the Denon AVR-1713. We are talking 2-channel here though, so the AVRs wouldn't have to work as hard when driving two channels. They are STILL going to be less power efficient than units with toroidal transformers. That is another sad cut-back in order to make stuff cheaper. E-I transformers are half the cost of toroidal for a reason -- they take more power from the outlet in order to deliver the same wattage and run hotter as well.
Denon AVR X7200WA, Emotiva XPR-5, Emotiva XPA-7, Sony XBR 75" 850C, Oppo UDP-203, Roku Ultra.
DefTech BP7000SC (L/R), CLR3000 (C), SM55 (FH), UIW BPZ/A (SB), UIW 75 (TM).
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