So, tested Yamaha RX-A2020 and hooked my Marantz SR7005 back. Here are the differences I heard..........
For regular TV
Marantz is wayyyy better. Voices sound more natural, deep, full. Very, very nice.
For Blu-Ray movies
I got to admit .... surround, bass management, sound detail and overall feel ... Yamaha beats Marantz. It just feels like it's on a different level.
One thing that Marantz did better however is ... dialog is more natural. Yamaha makes dialog sound kinda weird. If you don't use their Dialog adjustment (magnify) it's OK ... if you use Yamaha's Dialog level increase (1, 2, 3) you hear dialog better but it just feels amplified ... not so natural.
For FLAC/WAV/MP3 music through CD Player (Analog)
Seems like Yamaha is brighter and thus it feels as if there is more detail and sound is just nicer. Yamaha's option to play ALL CHANNELS music is great. I know many don't like that option on other brand receivers but it just works nice with Yamaha. They know how to make it still sound right. Marantz is not so great ... I use 2.1 Stereo on it. Today what I'll do is ... I'll try to come close to sound Yamaha had by turning EQ OFF (it dimmed down my tremble due to poor room acoustics) ... thus maybe it made it sound toooo dark and bassy. Maybe if I turn Audyssey EQ off I'll get my tremble the way it should sound and add a little more level increase to my sub to make sure it doesn't feel tooo bright.
I wish I could merge these 2 units together, pick things that are good from each one and have 1 awesome receiver.
I was surprised but for movies .... Yamaha felt like it's a big step up receiver ..... it did however bombed on dialog ... but sound effect management and detail..... nice.
Yesterday ordered Denon 4311ci
Let's see what it can do.
If all fails with Denon ... maybe Yamaha RX-A2010 (previous model) will do good.
Denon AVR 4311ci, Ascend Sierra-1 NrT, Ascend HTM-200 (surrounds), Rythmik F12, Panasonic TH50PX60U, Samsung BD ES6000, Denon DVD-2910 SACD/DVDa, Monster HTS 5100 MKI, Monster Z2 Biwire, Logitech Harmony One, Sennheiser HD600, Schiit Modi/Vali