Originally Posted by MichaelJHuman
Is it possible that you are just used to certain sonic character you get from the old receiver? As opposed to it being superior?
Some of that has to come into play, no doubt. And I really don't think the Marantz is necessarily superior. I was actually going to ask this question last year when I got a Denon 1907, but I figured it was a freak thing.....no way my dad's Marantz (that's about as old as me) sounds better.
I wanted more all around, so I built a HT room in my basement with a bigger Denon, bigger everything, and I've been happy listening to music down there.
Now I'm back to the living room, and now it's an Onkyo going up against this old thing and I'm in the same darn situation. So I don't think all of it's just because I'm use to only that one certain sonic character.
I'll be honest, I never put much weight in receivers sounding a lot different. But so far, with the lower level Denon and Onkyo, and only 2 channels, it's almost like going from 'wow' down to home theater in a box sound. I certainly didn't expect that. But more tweaking will be done.I wonder,
If the Marantz has an output that I could run through the Onkyo? Would that give me an idea if it's the Marantz doing something with the signal, or it would tell me if it was the Marantz amp doing something?
Does that make any sense?