This is my first post ever in the Forum.... Just wanted to say how pleased I am with the Marantz 5007, which turned out to be the last piece of the puzzle in a disturbingly expensive but ultimately satisfying boondoggle.
Step 1: I decide to finally replace my Sony Wega 42-inch HDTV, which was way ahead of its time when I bought it in 2003 but certainly was due or overdue for replacement. I got an LG7600 55-inch 3D 1080p 240 HZ set that I knew within the first 10 minutes of setup that I loved.
Step 2: Um, dude, your Pioneer Elite DVD/all-format player was sweet when you bought it five or six years ago, but gotta get Blu-Ray (plus I decided I'd rather do streaming Netflix through a player than the TV). I ordered the Oppo 103. Same experience as the TV: Immediate love.
Step 3. DUDE, your HDMI-less several-year-old Yamaha home theater receiver clearly is obsolete. Trying to save a few bucks, I read up on and bought for $400 the Sony STR-DN1030.
Woops. Now it's true what they say -- this receiver is loaded with features for a receiver at its price point. And I'm certain it would serve many people well. But my activity with my 5:1 system is 50/50 video watching and music listening (a large collection of 5:1 SACDs and DVD-As and regular stereo CDs). And with music, the Sony receiver fell short. A somewhat harsh, shrill, sloppy, overwhelmed sound at mid- and high volumes.
I spent one day trying to convince myself the sound was good enough. The second day, I packed up the Sony and exchanged it for the Marantz 5007.
The difference was immediately recognizable and stunning. A much more musical sound. And of course it kicks butt with movies and TV as well. Really night and day. I doubt the Marantz passes snob appeal muster as a true audiophile receiver, but to my ears, it's on the correct side of that gate, rather than the Sony, which, well, sounds like a $400 receiver. The Sony also took eons to switch between modes (just a DirectTV box and the Oppo Blu-Ray player in my case).
After a few days with the Marantz, I'm really, really happy. My only nit was the manual. I like having a book, and would expect that with an $800 receiver, rather than a CD that I had to waste ink printing out.
Anyway, that's my 2 pennies...