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I am in the market for a new AVR and have seen quite a few "slim line" receivers lately which do look pretty nice and seem to be on par feature wise as their larger counterparts.

My question is do these slimmer models lose a lot in quality or sound clarity in order to make them fit into the smaller form factor, or are they basically identical but just in a smaller shell?

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Speaking of the Marantz slim line ... other than reduced power (which shouldn't matter at average volume levels), the quality is the same.
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wow jdsmoothie thank you for the fast response.

I have heard from some friends who are really into AV as a hobby that the rated watts shown on most receivers are highly exaggerated. Is this true? And if so, does this mean that the rated power on the slimline Marantz models is even more exaggerated than the full size counterpart?

Thanks for putting up with my noob questions.
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Basically, the slim models will usually have reduced power ratings because the primary reason is that the power supply is the largest components in the unit. If the power supply is reduced, then the power ratings will suffer... You will also probably have a reduction in the dynamic power output.

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If you're going to be driving 8-ohm speakers with at least 87db+ efficiency ratings, the slim line Marantz will be more than sufficient in a small/med sized room.
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