Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Boise, Id. U.S.A.
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I thank everyone so far for the responses. For sound quality of my older 525 I am very happy with it. I have a job that allows me to be in various homes each day. In some I find older legacy audio equiptment. The electronics and speakers from decades back is still pumping out sound. I am amazed at the quality of sound from this older stuff. This led me to buy some vintage gear myself for a garage system. I was not disappointed with the sound I got on the cheap. Now I am talking about gear that didn't really cost a lot back in its day, and buying second hand It was really cheap. I got a Kenwood preamp, power amp, and tuner. The stack cost me $50. I hooked it up to my iPod and even mp3 sounded pretty good through the system.
Years later you would think that with new devices being installed in amps that there could be a jump forward in sound. Well there just isn't. It seems like we are going backwards. Source material being what it is I guess we shouldn't be to surprised. I hear the arguments about Marantz not sounding like it did in the past, Onkyo, Dennon, or such not as good as HK. Well all that just shows how cheaped out stuff can get today.
So far my 525 gives a pretty good sound but I do have to work around the lack of HDMI input/ouput features. Now I could just ignore that but a 15 year old piece of gear just may decide to belly up on me. Or it may not. It is a toss of the dice. So I am looking to replace it with the 7550 but I would like input as to recent experiences with some of the bugs it exhibited when first released. I am hoping as the years have gone by, and the unit was put through the referbishing line, that these bugs have been eradicated.
Mitsubishi 3800. Marantz 8802A Sound ably handled with Minimus 7 LCR speakers in a baffled wall behind AT screen. Surrounds are Paradigm in wall speakers. Overhead speakers for Atmos and DTS:X are minimus 77. DIY IB sub system. Two pairs of Dayton 15 inch in separate manifolds. Power amps are Harman Kardon Signature 2.1 doing basic 5 bed channels. Kenwood KM-X1 6 channel for L/R wide, overhead speakers and back surround. Kenwood Basic M1D doing Subwoofer work. Sound is 9.2.2.