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post #1 of 4 Old 06-30-2013, 08:10 PM - Thread Starter
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I had a Yamaha 5.1 receiver for a couple years, and decided to upgrade. I thought the Yamaha was rather "bright", and from reading, it seems other people thought so too.

So I looked at Marantz, the 5.1 seemed cheap, but I wanted 7.1 since a lot of new material is in 7.1

Something I did not quite understand, there is nearly a $150 difference in MSRP between the two, which seem rather high for just two more channels of amplification and a ethernet port.

Anyway, I could not afford the 7.1, until I found a place selling them factory refurbished for $369.99, I checked out the site 1st, and they had good reviews. So I purchased it.

Anticipation builds, as it will be here Wednesday. Once it's here I will update the thread with pictures and some 1st looks.
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your 5.1 Yamaha might be an entry level model whereas this 7.1 receiver has more features.

you get more than 2 extra channels of amplification.

- Marantz new comes with 3 year warranty
- Marantz 1602 has analog to HDMI video conversion, your Yamaha does not.
- Marantz 1602 can be used as a Zone 2 receiver which means you can have 5.1 in one room and play a difference source in another at the same time
- Ethernet ports means you can stream Pandora, internet radio or use DLNA to pull music and pictures from your PC
- Airplay means you can stream wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad, etc.
- You can use your iPad, iPhone or Android as a wireless remote.

$150 really isn't alot to go from 5.1 to 7.1 considering the extra features. It could be much, much higher.

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Well I got it today.

I hooked it up, and let me tell you, there is a NIGHT AND DAY difference in audio quality, tested with the same speaker.

I can't describe it exactly, but it's like the old Yamaha was filtering stuff out , everything sounded clearer, richer, and fuller. It sounded natural, to say the least.

Since it was a refurb, I expected some cosmetic issues with the unit, but it was in excellent condition.
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