Temporarily add me to the club. I have a week off starting today and perfect timing my old AV receiver decided to die on me...stupid HDMI bug on the Onkyo TX-NR807.
Anyways, I bought this on minimal research just because I don't want to be sitting for a week with no home theater. Anyways, impressed with the sound quality but a few things...
Headroom seems to be lower than with the Onkyo (135W X2ch vs 100W X2ch for this). Is it really going to be a deal breaker? I haven't had the opportunity to really make it sing but for example what played at -20dB on the Onkyo has to be up near -8dB on this Marantz. Should I just not worry about the number so much? I've for now turned the audio number off the TV screen and off on the AV's display to break my habit of focusing on it so much.
Secondly, I'm using a HTPC for a good chunk of it's usage and I have a little minor quirk. On the Onkyo I had it set that for when I played 2 channel music it played 2.1 with my speakers but when I played 2 channel video files it knew to switch to Dolby Pro Logic to make it 5.1. This receiver it either does one or the other permanently. What's up with that?
Lastly, Black Friday is around the corner so I'm gonna continue looking during my days off and so what that said, what are some other options around this price range? This receiver is powering Klipsch RB-61/RC-52 up front with Def Tech ProMonitor800 in the back. Sub is the Outlaw LFM-1 EX. Mostly HD movies via HTPC, sports watching on TV, some minor gaming here and there, and 2 channel music listening.
EDIT: One thing I have noticed so far is the headphone jack has some decent punch to it. Comparing it to my dedicated AMP/DAC it really makes my Denon AH-D7000 and Sennheiser HD600 sing. I recommend if anyone hasn't really played with the headphone out much you should...it's nice on my quick listen.
Theater: Monitor Audio Platinum PL200/PL350C, Seaton Submerssive, 150" 3D Elite Screens +more
Living Room: Aperion Grand Verus, Outlaw LFM-1 EX, 70" Sharp Aquos +more
Stage 1 - Enthusiasm, Stage 2 - Realism
Stage 3 - Obsession, Stage 4 - Acceptance...Which stage are you on?