Well, since my massive Onkyo died it's early HDMI-board death and the back-up 2 year old Marantz Slim Line has started to develop varies glitches, I was shopping for a receiver,....AGAIN.
Figuring that none of these things are reliable, no matter how much one spends, I thought I would try and reduce the initial outlay and to throw the dice on a ARV2700. Worse scenario, I could send it back.
And I'm glad I did, I LUV this thing!
Luv the easy set-up and the on-screen color graphics.
Luv the smaller size and lite weight(I'm saving the Onkyo in case I ever buy a boat).
And absolutely luv the open, dynamic and visceral sound!
Although the first receiver I ever bought was a Sansui, circa 1970, the first Digital Sound Processor I remember were the Pioneers I had in the '90's.. And then, like today, there is always one DSP that sounded so much better than the others that one wonders why they need to include another couple of dozen. On the Marantz, it's Neo 6 Cin. and w/ this HK, it's, of course the Logic 7.
All I can say is WOW, best 2-channel DSP I have ever had the pleasure to use. Given lively enough 2-channel material, one would swear they are listening to discreet playback!
I don't have much in Dolby Digital, but playing the PS3 in 5.1 and the tone controls off is the best sounding system I have ever had.
But, the AVR2700 didn't arrive perfect, no output from the LFE. But since my mains are floor-standers, I just run them full-range and connected the subs via the speaker-level inputs. Whether or not I send it back for another over this, I'm not sure at the moment. Maybe give it another week or two to see if anything else breaks. In that pursuit, I'm not going to do anything w/ it other than play material thru it, no Ethernet, no Airplay and no firmware updating.
I would strongly urge folks to not give up on the AVR2700/3700's and give them a try.
So far, it's the best $200 I have ever spent on this decades old obsession of mine.
Last edited by motomech; Today at 05:13 AM.