Originally Posted by EndersShadow
I will simply respectfully agree to disagree and say I don't want to be drawn into a war over it, but Marantz is indeed a step up over Denon IMHO.
Depends on which models your comparing. For Anthem since they all have pre-outs if you need more wattage (which for the signature I doubt) you can just get the MRX-3XX series and call it. Yes its missing many of the features you find on other AVR's but most of those are duplicates (Pandora, DNLA Server access, Spotify) of programs on other devices no doubt in your setup (Xbox One, blu-ray player, TV) so to me its not really a selling feature.
For Marantz again you are getting most of the features you would need and a decent wattage, but you are correct in that the XT32 models are a bit pricey, but again IMHO worth it,
Regardless you want to buy something with HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0 so you have some longevity with it. I also buy with the intent of it being a 3-5 year investment so I spend a bit more up front so I enjoy it more.
I have to agree with
s on this, when i was looking for a receiver i read multiple articles stating the Marantz was higher (i think it had to do with better DAc's and some other inner stuff) but to be quite honest. I dont think i can tell the difference between a Denon and a Marantz. The Marantz was cheaper and had all the features i was looking for so when i needed an atmos processor i went with what i was used to another Marantz (AV7702).
I have previously used an Onkyo and found the GUI a bit lacking. I helped someone setup a Yamaha Receiver and it was so confusing that its scarred me off any Yamaha Processor granted it was not a top tier Yamaha, but i just couldnt relate, everything was just so different from the Marantz.
In the future or if i need to upgrade my Pre-Pro now, it'll be a Marantz, Denon or Onkyo in that order. If i can afford it ill like to try an Anthem, read nothing but good things about it.
Living Room: Pre-Pro- Marantz AV7702, Amps- Crown X1500 & XLS1000(5). Mains- RTi12, Center- CSi5, SR- RTiA1, SRB-RTi8, Atmos- 620RT(4), Sub- RBH I-12 & BIC F12, TV-LG55LB7200, PJ-Benq HT1075, Screen 106", UBD- Samsung K8500, Bluray-LGBP440, Misc- Nvidia Shield, Apple TV, Chromecast, DSTV HD PVR, Wii U, DVP-5000s.
Bedroom:AVR- Marantz SR5009, Mains-75T, TV-VIZIO E500i-B1, Bluray-iVid BD780, Misc- Fire TV, Chromecast Audio, Sennheiser RS170, DSTV HD, QNAP TS-451+.