Originally Posted by lmyamen
Ok so i am looking to start getting into some 2 channel listening and I found a Marantz 2240B listed locally. My speaker set up is Monitor Audio RX6's I currently use a Onkyo TX-NE515AVR but I would like to get something to use for 2 channel music listening.
What bad thing happens when you configure your Onkyo for use with 2 speakers?
I have heard that the older Marantz like the 2240B give off a warm almost tube amp sound? Is this true?
No, its a classic solid state design with bipolar output transistors.
Would I notice a sound quality difference going from my AVR to using a older Marantz like the one mentioned?
One difference is that the 2240 is a ca. 40 wpc device, while the NR 515 is 100 wpc. That is a 6 dB difference which could be audible if you were playing your system loud, depending on room, speakers, etc. Your speakers have average efficiency and reasonable impedance curves which means that they are not excessively taxing on their amplifier.
The other difference is that any 2240 you buy is going to be a decades-old piece of equipment, whose state of maintenance could include concealed flaws such as dried-out capacitors, abused output transistors, noisy controls, etc.
Your Monitor Audio speakers appear to be above-average speakers, but that doesn't mean that they couldn't benefit from a good subwoofer. Looking at their inherent limitations in the deep bass the two ca. 6 inch drivers are configured in an unusual way so that only one of them seems to be really hauling the mail at the lowest frequencies. Figure on spending at least the price of one of your speakers on an appropriate subwoofer upgrade.
Just curious if I should peruse the receiver or not? Thanks!
My most important concern is that your NR 515 appears to have Audyssey 2EQ. What happens when you use it to optimize your system?