Originally Posted by Tom Riddle
Got a killer deal on the Marantz SR7008 from Accessoriesforless.com! Should arrive sometime this week and I can't wait. First time Marantz owner, long-time HT hobbyist.
Originally Posted by reisb
Tom, is accessories4less only refurbished units?
I had checked their site a few weeks ago, and also just checked them a moment ago, and the only Marantz SR7008 they have are refurbished units. I really did not want to go the refurbished route as my middle name should be Murphy. Meaning Murphy's Law that something wrong could happen and it seems to usually happen to me. I've heard that many people have purchased refurbished units with excellent results. But there have been some who have had bad luck as well.
Originally I looked at Pioneer/ Pioneer Elites as that's all I've had over the years. I loved their warm sound for music, and they last forever. I still have a 20 + year old Pioneer Elite in my home office that I use for music hooked up to an pair of 25 year old Advent Legacy speakers. But the Pioneer MAACC system is outdated and with Marantz having Audyssey MultEQ XT32, I wanted Marantz as I always have heard that they are great for music. My unit I'm replacing is an Onkyo 875. Great for movies, but HORRIBLE for music. Not to mention that you could fry an egg on top of it. I solved that problem long ago by hooking up a computer fan and placing directly over the hottest place on top of the unit. It barely gets warm. The fan is about 4 inched across and turns about 150 PRM. No noise at all, even if there is no audio coming from the receiver, and it works great. Check out The Cooler Guys for cooling accessories. Oh, and my receiver sits on top of my rack. So not enclosed in any way what so ever.
I decided to purchase new, but had to find an authorized dealer with a great price. Unfortunately, Best Buy Magnolia, Onecall, Amazon and Crutchfield still had high prices on the 7008 even though the 7009 came out. Then after reading his many, many, many posts in Denon and Marantz threads, I contacted jdsmoothie
. He is an authorized dealer for many brands including Marantz, so you'll still get your full 3 year factory warranty. He beat all of the companies that I have previously mentioned by a large amount, saving me big $$$, and that was including shipping and tax.
I've only had my SR7008 hooked up for a few days, but I immediately noticed that my music has come back to life. My Paradigm Studio 100 V.5's have never, and I mean never sounded better as I bought them when I had the Onkyo 875. So, for music, the Marantz SR7008 kicks ass, and the movies sound terrific too. I have yet to watch a full movie, but I did test the 7008 for home theater by watching various clips on both the newer Star Trek movies, Fast Five and the newer Total Recall. The Audyssey MultEQ XT32 perfectly EQ'ed my SVS PB12+ sub and my system has never sounded better.
So, my 2 cents worth, buy new, not a refurbished unit. And I highly recommend that you contact jdsmoothie. I'm very glad that I did. And I highly recommend that you get the Marantz SR7008. But if you don't, at least get a receiver that has Audyssey MultEQ XT32. It's worth the few extra $$$.
PS...the old fan that I had on top of my old Onkyo 875, I put it on top of the SR7008. I've heard some say the SR7008 gets hot, but I had the fan, so why not, just in case it does get warm.