Originally Posted by FilmMixer
Quick thoughts.. got my SC07 set up and ran a quick MCACC.
It sounds fantastic.. amazing imaging, cleaned up low end, etc... It sounds very close in my room to the way I remeber the SC09.. and it kills the Denon 4308.
Just by ear, it seems that my reference level will fall at -18db!!! There is plenty of head room left, and I have a non treated, live 17x21 room, with fairly in-efficient mains (Mini Strata's from Onyx)...
I had wondered if this would be close to the SC09 in sound and power.. in my room, I am not disappointed at all, and couldn't, for my setup, justify spending the extra for the SC09...
I still miss the GUI and menus.. I am also sure I will miss HD Radio and internet radio.. but there are easy solutions for that if I need them... but the sound is fantastic. The phase band control, standing wave 3 band notch, and eq, are killer.
If there is anyone out there that is on the fence about this in regards to sound quality... let me put that to rest... this is the real deal, and even though I have major gripes about the functionality and lack of certain features, it sounds as good as I had hope for, and think that at the price I paid, and what most forum sponsors are selling it for, it is a steal.
As a side track side note... I have had an Apple TV for a while, and even though it isn't an open standard, I have been ripping my CD's in Apple Lossless.. tonight I finally paired my iPhone (with the free Apple Remote app) with the Apple TV.... for those that don't know, you then use the iPhone to run the Apple TV, and don't then need a monitor to go through your library... it acts as a front end with iTunes/Apple TV with album are, podcast frame grabs, etc... seamless and really geeky cool.
I am curious if my same complaints about the shortcomings of the Marantz SR8002 will mostly be the same as the SC07. I posted a mini-review of it over in the Marantz SR7002/8002 dedicated thread for those wanting more info. Basically, the lack of assignable inputs, input limitations and input assignment was the biggest issue I had. Also the tuner quality was VERY poor. Can anyone tell me how the SC07 compares in these terms?
From what I have heard in person, the Marantz SR8002 may very well be equal to the SC07 in terms of audio quality. I am not at all easily convinced on the ICE designs being that much better. In fact, I have found several articles searching google about the SC07 and top line 09 models that debate how Pioneer is defining "Class D" and how it can be implemented to mean different terms depending upon marketing.
So, I've decided to try both the Denon 4308 and SC07 since they are roughly the same price wise and compare them to the Marantz SR8002. It will be a couple of weeks until the SC07 arrives. Also, I am going to try to get a flagship Denon 5308 to see if it bests them for audio quality only, leaving out the video processing.
Some of the drawbacks I have put together from others about the SC07 is while audio is very good like the SR8002, it lacks in many other areas just as that unit did which is why I was very disappointed. I want BOTH great audio and features with no compromise but if I could get close without hitting the $5K price range that would be my goal.
I'll report back what I find once the units arrive.