Originally Posted by dta721
If you go to the specific thread of Marantz sr5007 owners, you'll find lots of love there
I am not familiar with your home theater setup the way you described it. Perhaps you can turn that into some kind of a point form what your needs are, then it would be easier for those who wants to help:
- how many HDMI sources to switch?
- is there a need for 2 HDMI outputs?
- need for pre-outs to drive "hungry" speakers? or what kind of speakers in the setup?
- need for 2 or multi-zone (apparently yes)?
As your integrator suggested the sr5007, ask him/her why not consider the nr1603? Then he (or she) may point out your specific needs that you don't even know? Or it may be his markup is higher for the sr5007
My home theater set up in my family room is as follows;
- Paradigm LCR mains/center and Paradigm AMS-250 rears
- Paradigm DSP-3200 sub
- Panasonic G25 50"
As for sources, I'm running a Boxee Box and a Panasonic BluRay. I will run a PS4 and FTA satellite in the near future, however, my HDMI switching is done through an external HDMI switch that distributes my the signal thought to my master bedroom. All my gear is in my rack in my basement.
As for multi-zone, isn't that something that my Control4 amp is doing now already? If the receiver has an extra zone it would be useful, perhaps for my patio, garage, ect..
I do want upconversions, especially since I don't plan to buy another receiver for at least 5 years or more, however, do want to upgrade my plasma in a couple years and 4K (if available to consumers by then) will be nice.
Originally Posted by okibcn
I´m almost copying the same post all over, here we go:
I had a Marantz SR6003, and that was a huge improvement to my previous Onkyo TX-SR805 which was a better room heater than AV receiver. The SC-1222K brought new life to my speakers 3 months ago. I couldn't believe that a switched amplification stage (AKA Digital amplifier) could make such a difference! There are many users in the SC-1222K threads saying that it is better than some Denon, Marantz and obviously Onkyo, like javigonx who says that it is better than his other Denon 3311. The Pioneer has the Advanced MCACC that calibrates the listening environment in order to make it as close as possible to a THX room, far better than Audyssey MultEQ XT. It does a good job and it even allows you to tune up all the parameters to your preference. After discovering the Adv. MCACC I realized that Audyssey was like walking with the shoe laces tied together.
your candidate Marantz SR5007 is similar to the Denon AVR2313. Denon and Marantz are basically the same amplifier, both are brands of the same owner, D&M Holdings Inc. and both brands shares engineering, purchasing, manufacturing and distribution resources. Both amplifiers have a THD of 0.08% at 100W, really good for a traditional class AB amplifier but nothing compared to the Pioneer SC-1222K. It is a class D3 amplifier and features a THD of 0.008% at 100W, 10 times less than the other contenders. That is a whole order of magnitude that leaves the Marantz and Denon in the dust regarding sound fidelity.
The maximum real output power of the SC-1222K in multichannel mode @ 8ohm, 600W, can never be reached by the Marantz because the efficiency of a class AB amplifier near the non linear operation point is far from 100%. The SC-1222K can deliver 190 W/ch with 4 ohms speakers while still running cold. Yes, the SC-1222K is also 4ohm certified so it opens the door to another level of speakers.
I am sorry, but those amplifiers are far behind the SC-1222K in sound quality and technology. It is up to you, the three amplifiers are good and you won't be disappointed by any of them, but IMHO the SC-1222K is by far the best from the sound quality point of view within your price range.
Thanks for the suggestion. The SC-1222K isn't available in Canada, however, the SC-1227k is available at a cost of $899 right now on sale. While class D3 and MCACC interest me a lot, the lack of 4K upscaling/passthrough is a turnoff. Like I said above, I want to upgrade my plasma in a few years but don't plan to upgrade my receiver for a quite a while after.