I am currently trying to decide between these three receivers. From a sound quality/ sound features standpoint, which one is the best choice?
I dont care about any networking, streaming or airplay. I simply want the best sound quality and sound related features. The finalist will be hooked up to a 3.1 setup consisting of two pioneer sp-fs52 tower speakers, the pioneer sp-c22 center speaker and the pioneer sw-8mk2 subwoofer.
If going by the spec sheet, the 1712 would be the clear winner, due to its 90 watt per channel output (80 for 1713 and 50 for nr1403) and support for more codecs than the other two candidates. However, I have been reading rave reviews regarding the marantz nr1403, with all reviewers stating that the 50 watt output of the marantz is an afterthought after listening to it. The marantz offers audyssey multieq technology while the denon alternatives offer the more sophisticated multieq xt.
As mentioned before, I want to purchase the best sounding receiver out of the three candidates, even if the difference between the three is just a hair.
Any and all help is highly appreciated!
Pioneer Kuro KRP-500M
Pioneer Kuro PRO-141FD
Pioneer Kuro PRO-111FD x 2
Pioneer Kuro PDP-5020 x 2