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Putting together my new audio system for both movies and music, but I am having a hard time picking a receiver. I will be using BnW CM9's CMC2, CM1s and a SUperCube 2000. I have always like the pioneer elites, but am now thinking Denon or Marantz as well. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Denon 3313
Sony BDP-S1
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Max budget? Features/inputs/outputs required?

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Well I figure most receivers will have at least 5 hdmi, airplay would be nice too. as far as budget goes, I'm not terribly worried about that, keeping in mind a 5-10k$ receiver is way out of my budget. haha:cool:

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Then consider the latest offerings from Denon and Marantz ... the Denon 4520CI and the pre-pro from Marantz the AV-8801 both of which offer the most advanced version of Audyssey MultEQ XT32 and have their own dedicated Owner's threads in which to learn more.


http://www.avsforum.com/t/1430049/the-official-denon-avr-4520ci-thread/0_100

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1431914/marantz-av8801-preamp-processor-official-owners-thread/0_100

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I went to Magnolia today, listened to the Marantz 7007, and I liked it! But I was also concerned with the Movie playback aspect. The mag guy said that Marantz was geared towards music not movies, which this will be a multi use system. Any thoughts?

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and the 8801 I think is a little out of my budget as well. I still have to buy the speakers! haha cool.gif

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Sony BDP-S1
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I am not a huge fan of Marantz. They got some kind of anti-establishment I hate you ...you love me thing going. Not that they terrible but for my two cents I would hit the Denon 2113CI.

If you want to step it up a notch go for the Onkyo 818...but beware there are some reports of reliability problems with Onkyo.
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You know that Denon and Marantz are owned by the same company, and are virtually identical inside? The differences now seem to be mostly cosmetic.
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I went to Magnolia today, listened to the Marantz 7007, and I liked it! But I was also concerned with the Movie playback aspect. The mag guy said that Marantz was geared towards music not movies, which this will be a multi use system. Any thoughts?

First note that Best Buy doesn't run the Auto EQ setups in their demo models so you'll have a much better experience once the unit is in your home and you have a chance to run the Auto EQ program (eg. Audyssey). The 7007 should serve you well with either music or movies and is comparable to Denon's 3313CI.

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You know that Denon and Marantz are owned by the same company, and are virtually identical inside? The differences now seem to be mostly cosmetic.

I know, but somehow whenever I go to Best Buy, the Marantz sound better. They tend to cost more for comparable models so maybe Best Buy is doing something.
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Marantz's claim to be geared towards music is marketing, as their higher end stuff (which you are looking at) will perform very well in both phases. However, I would give the Denon 4520CI some serious consideration, if it is in your $ range and will not impact your speaker budget (you do not want to skimp there). Just my 0.02. Have fun!

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In the same price range as the Marantz 7007, I would also look at the Onkyo NR1010 and even the step-down NR818... feature-for-feature quite similar, both with a heftier amp section than the Marantz. The kicker is both Onkyo models have Audyssey MultEQ XT 32 where the 7007 only has MultEQ XT You could even grab the NR818 + an Emotiva Amp (XPA-3 or XPA-5) for the same or less than the NR1010 or Marantz 7007.

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Sorry for the late reply all, thank you all for the information. I was considering an SC-61, then I talked to my friend who works at a Magnolia Design Center, he was actually the one who recomended the 6006 or 7007. I told him some of the info I saw on here and he said that the build quality and processing is much better in the Marantz vs the Denon OR Pioneer. Thoughts?

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Sony BDP-S1
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The processing on the Marantz will be the same on the equivalent Denon. They're sister companies. What you will get on the Marantz is a few extra inputs, extra speaker Zones and maybe an optical output.

The SR6006 and SR7007 are pretty close to the Denon 3312 and 3313.

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Old 12-29-2012, 06:32 PM - Thread Starter
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So I went again today and listened to the 3313 and 7007 and sc-61 Then 61 sounded great with movies/ the marantz was awesome with music, but the denon had qualities of both which I liked!

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So I just thought I'd update everyone, I brought home the Denon 3313 yesterday!

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Great! Be sure to review posts #3-6 in the Denon AVR-XX13 Owner's thread linked in my sig for helpful setup and troubleshooting tips (especially with network configuration suggestions).

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