AV8801 in da house. Former PR
Smaller, OMG 1/3 the depth of the Onkyo.
Looks good, such a beautiful sight to see it and the UD9004 in the rack.
Setup a breeze, only moment of doubt came when I was looking to assign the 7.1 analog inputs, it would have been nice to have it on the Inputs weegee board. Kudos to Marantz for that one single page, what a breeze. Finding a decent printable diagram of the rear to mark my inputs for Harmony programming a whole another story.
All speakers LARGE, no LFE, no EQ/Audyssey. Treated room with fiberglass panel to insulate a small ship and Paradigm S8 and matched 7.1.
The sound stage albeit filtered at the front by the CP700 in proc. bypass mode is wide and detailed, YES detail like never before, I had listened to Quadrophrenia BD-A at least 3 times this past 2 weeks, let me reassure you that the difference is clear, and comes in the most subtle details, some surprising, such as the musicians breathing at times. Can't comment on stereo as I have a balanced stage bypassing the processor entirely.
The biggest surprise was when I went downstairs for my AM workout, the only time I listen to compressed music in my home, put on the Roku M2000, but now there is a whole new level of quality differentiation among the 8-10 stations I saved as top quality, resulting in no workout but comparative listening (NSTEMI later?), Traxx.fm Dance/Trance the ultimate winner. The night before Mr. Nobody on Netflix sounded very detailed, picture obviously good in bypass mode on a PS3/HC5/110" setup.
Very satisfied to say the least.