[quote=fresno1232001;15526998]Graphicguy- You say the SCs are not as warm sounding as Marantz, but they are more powerful and articulate sounding. If I don't need a lot of power, maybe that knocks out HALF the "advantage" the SCs have over Marantz.
I have Allison One speakers in the front and B&W 9NTs for the rears. Both are 8 Ohm speakers, but I have read here that the B&Ws are somewhat power-hungry 8 ohm speakers.
I do not play my system very loudly since I protect my hearing and do not want to provoke retaliation from neighboring houses. SO, unless my B&Ws really are power-hungry, I don't need a lot of power. That would just leave the "more articulate sounding" as the advantage an SC-07 would have for me over a Marantz 8002, with "less warm" being what I would give up witht the SC-07.
So the question then would be, would you give up the warm sound of the Marantz SR 8002 to get the more articulate sound of the SC? Would "more articulate" be worth that? Thanks for an opinion on this.
Originally Posted by graphicguy
Sunny...I wouldn't consider the SC to sound bright. As you put more hours on them, they settle in quite nicely. Are they as warm sounding as Marantz? No! But, they are more powerful and articulate sounding. I found that Marantz is indeed warmer, but sometimes at the expense of losing detail in the sound.
Personally, I think if you really like the sound of the Marantz, stick with it (the SR 8002 is very nice).
fresno....your assessment is fair. We're talking about subjective opinions (mine, more subjective than any). If you don't need, now want the power, then there are other options that will work as well. If power is something you value, the SC edges out the SR 8002. MCACC edges out Audyssey, too.
Just don't go with options that sacrifice sound quality for no other reason than it's a little cheaper.
The Marantz SR 8002 is a quality sounding piece of gear, as is the SC series. As I said, I could be (and is/was) happy with both. I can't answer whether anyone values the sound of one over the other.
If I could have two systems, with a Marantz in one, and the SC in the other, I'd truly be happy (if I could find a reliable subwoofer).
That doesn't help you much. Except I HAD a Marantz SR 8002. I HAVE an SC 05 in my system.