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Hi, I'm looking to get AVR pretty soon I currently have a denon dra395 stereo receiver. I do like the sound of the denon and have always liked their products.

I also have a denon dvd3910 as a source so I like to listen to sacds DVDA's etc.. for the great sound quality. Anyways I'm wondering if I should get a Denon AVR and use denon link from the dvd player, this is supposed to be very effective. But a lot of people have been saying Marantz sounds better for music so I should get that...

I'm looking at either the 2308/9 or 2808/9 vs a comparable marantz receiver. Price doesnt matter. Oh yes and I'm using all Paradigm speakers. Please post any opinions or comments.

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+1 on marantz
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lol k, any preticular reason or just personal pref?
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+1 personal pref. Thank you
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But arent Denon and Marantrz the same company?
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But arent Denon and Marantrz the same company?

I recently spoke to a representative @ D&M Holdings to inquire regarding the relationship of Marantz and Denon due to the same parent company, in regards to design, components and manufacture separation or integration. This is the response I received:

"As I mentioned, the brands maintain their independence for product
development but rely on our platform organizations such as human
resources, accounting, supply chain and other such functions to provide
the efficiency required to help them advance their business.
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we recently put the sr5003 on display at work (priced about the same as the avr2309 from denon) and it so far sounded great. It doesn't have as many features as the denon but on music comparisons, it appeared to have a better midrange and a slight softening of upper frequencies then the avr2309. This is not scientific, just a quick subjective test between a few of us at work. Overall, they will probably sound similar to most people. I do like the look of the new marantz line!
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we recently put the sr5003 on display at work (priced about the same as the avr2309 from denon) and it so far sounded great. It doesn't have as many features as the denon but on music comparisons, it appeared to have a better midrange and a slight softening of upper frequencies then the avr2309. This is not scientific, just a quick subjective test between a few of us at work. Overall, they will probably sound similar to most people. I do like the look of the new marantz line!

I didn't even realize there was a 5003. I've been a huge fan of the 4001 refurbs, since it's a great receiver at its current offerings.

I'll have to check out the new offerings.
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Hmm still not too helpful... Anyone know if this Denon Link thing is actually worth it? Apparently its the best way to transfer sound losslessly? from component to component, if theres any truth to this then I would probably go Denon. But if not, I'd prolly go marantz... anyone know?
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Hmm still not too helpful... Anyone know if this Denon Link thing is actually worth it? Apparently its the best way to transfer sound losslessly? from component to component, if theres any truth to this then I would probably go Denon. But if not, I'd prolly go marantz... anyone know?

Denon Link probably made sense before HDMI. It would allow multi-channel audio. It seemed to be a feature only implemented in the more expensive Denon products.

HDMI has become the standard connector for multi-channel audio. It's used in DVD players, Blu-ray players, game consoles and set top boxes. I don't know why HDMI could not be used wherever Denon link was previously used.

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But a lot of people have been saying Marantz sounds better for music so I should get that...

We have to start ignoring what others like in terms of sound!!!

You have to find out for yourself what sounds good to you with your setup and in your room.

Yes, Marantz has lots of great reviews wrt Sound Quality but so does Denon. In the end, only you can make that decision because any posts on here saying pick Marantz or pick Denon is the same as you flipping a coin.

So how about just flipping a coin instead?

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We have to start ignoring what others like in terms of sound!!!

You have to find out for yourself what sounds good to you with your setup and in your room.

Yes, Marantz has lots of great reviews wrt Sound Quality but so does Denon. In the end, only you can make that decision because any posts on here saying pick Marantz or pick Denon is the same as you flipping a coin.

So how about just flipping a coin instead?

Very true. AQ is very subjective. The "best" threads are impossible, since everyone just suggests what they own.

While I like to give a broad range of options, it's impossible to pick 1 over the other for someone else.

I've had my Paradigm setup paired with almost every brand AVR out there. Many sounded very similiar. I will imagine whatever you get you will be very happy with the AQ. Get the one that offers the features you want, and if possible, demo each brand in home to see "if" one provides superior AQ to you.
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good call good call... Thanks for the input guys
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