Originally Posted by Hicks
The 8802 would be the fair comparison to the AVM60 since the 8802 has a torodial transformer and the higher resolution DACs in comparison with the 7703.
There's actually a great thread here on AVS with posts from a few people that have heard both.
Anthem AVM 60 vs. Emotiva XMC-1 vs. Marantz 8802a
Here's a thread on another forum:
It sounds like you will be happy with either, however consensus is the sound quality is better with the Marantz but with the caveat that some people do prefer the ARC room correction to Audyssey XT32.
Since, I been shopping for a while to replace my AV8801, to something that would do Atmos and DTS:X.
The biggest difference between the AV7702/AV7702mkII, AV7703 and the AV8802.
Is the sound quality when seriously listening into music, and this like you point out "since the 8802 has a torodial transformer and the higher resolution DACs in comparison with the 7703", that would actually explain it with my small knowledge on how electronic guts work.
For the AV7702, Atmos only.
For the AV7702mkII, Atmos and DTS:X ready through an up-grade by internet.
For the AV7703, Atmos and DTS:X + something they call HEOS technology and some other stuff that I have no use for, plain old Movie Theater.
In my case, not a serious music listener, love good sound, but hardly have time to listen to music other than in my car.
With that in mind, I decided to look for a AV7702mkII, to save a few bucks, since I did not need those new option that the A7703/AV8802 offer.
Also did look into the Anthem AVM60.
But cannot remember, the why I choose to not go look more deeply into-it (old age memory suck , sometime