Originally Posted by Scott B
I am looking at replacing an old Lexicon MC-1 and am considering the Marantz AV7005 and Integra DHC-80.2. For those who have purchased or decided upon the Marantz AV7005 what were your reasons?
You're question really made me think about all the reasons I'd like the AV7005. I have 2 yr old Pioneer Elite receiver as my pre/pro which doesn't have a lot of the features of the AV7005. Sound is the single most important thing to me so as long as the AV7005 sounds at least as good my Pioneer VSX-92TXH with MCACC EQ then I'm sold:
Other than SQ these are the reasons I'm interested in the AV7005.
1). Audyssey MultEQ XT.
2). GUI overlay with screen volume (my 2yr old Pioneer Elite doesn't do GUI overlay).
3). Balanced XLR pre-outs (for my main amp).
4). 11.2 analog pre-outs (for my side and center back amps that don't have balanced ins).
5). PLIIz: Option to go 11.2 and switch from front height to center backs on the fly without disconnecting and reconnecting speakers. Though I would have preferred to be able to use both the front heights and center backs at the same time.
6). Able to overlay PLIIx (7.1) processing with DTS-HD 5.1 codecs. For some reason (probably licensing
) Pioneer receivers don't allow this, so if I want to overlay 7.1 with a 5.1 DTS-HD codec I have to use THX processing which doesn't sound as good as PLIIx (IMO). Pioneer does allow you to overlay PLIIx processing with TrueHD 5.1 though.
7). Dynamic volume
8). Dymanix EQ
9) Built-in internet radio.
10) USB connection in the front for iPod (my Pio has the iPod connection on the back).
11). User upgradable firmware (Pioneer must be brought into service center for firmware upgrades).
12). Independent input settings for input mode, surround mode, HDMI
output mode, MultEQ XT, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, audio delay etc... by input, so each input can have it's own settings. With my Pioneer settings are global across all inputs.