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SO I'm about to send off my Onkyo TX-NR708.

I was considering getting something newer while it's fixed then I can test it when it gets back and possibly sell it. Was considering getting a Denon AVR-3312CI and use this with the Marantz mm9000

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I take a chance that it'll be fixed and replace my aging Marantz mm9000 with an emotiva XPA-5

I'm not sure if the emotiva XPA-5 will sound better than the marantz.

I know one thing, it'll def be louder. Some sources have the marantz mm9000 at 150x5 or in their manual 170wx5. But I like the ratings the emotiva has a 200wx5.

Is it time to replace an aging amp or get a new receiver and get the emotiva later?

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SO I'm about to send off my Onkyo TX-NR708.

I was considering getting something newer while it's fixed then I can test it when it gets back and possibly sell it. Was considering getting a Denon AVR-3312CI and use this with the Marantz mm9000

Or

I take a chance that it'll be fixed and replace my aging Marantz mm9000 with an emotiva XPA-5

I'm not sure if the emotiva XPA-5 will sound better than the marantz.

I know one thing, it'll def be louder. Some sources have the marantz mm9000 at 150x5 or in their manual 170wx5. But I like the ratings the emotiva has a 200wx5.

Is it time to replace an aging amp or get a new receiver and get the emotiva later?

I see no reason why you would replace the amp before it breaks. The emo will not make a difference for sound quality.

The 3312 has MultEq XT which might be a small improvement over the 708. I found a few small differences when I upgraded from MultEq to XT but it wasn't a blind test so bias might have played a roll. Without knowing your setup it's hard to say what you should do but I don't think a new amp will give you any sound quality improvement.
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Thanks. Just wanted an opinion or two. It works great, I don't think I've ever push it to it's limit, never saw an indicator turn on so the denon is probably the way to go. I was trying to get a receiver that isn't as bright. I have speakers from the TST3's and the center and surounds. Basically their rebranded Inifinity Beta's.

Not super great for music but they excel for movies. Some like some don't, but I think their better than the JBL's I had.

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I know one thing, it'll def be louder. Some sources have the marantz mm9000 at 150x5 or in their manual 170wx5. But I like the ratings the emotiva has a 200wx5.

Is it time to replace an aging amp or get a new receiver and get the emotiva later?

assuming the power ratings from the manufacturer are anywhere near correect, no, it won't "definitely be louder"... it would be less than a decibel louder, which would be essentially indistinguishable...

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