Originally Posted by jdsmoothie
The 1403 is the only one in your list that will be able to EQ a subwoofer if you plan on using one as it uses Audyssey MultEQ and also comes with a 3 year warranty.
Just read up on MultiEQ. That's a nice feature!
The longer warranty is definitely appreciated too.
I just want to nitpick - it's not going to be any worse than other receivers when it comes to adding input lag, will it?
I'll sacrifice a few features if it means keeping input lag down.
That was one thing I was considering when looking at that Marantz and at the other receivers - I don't necessarily need a "smart" receiver, I have plenty of other devices that can handle the same functions. What worries me is adding more functions to an AV receiver is only going to increase the likelihood of additional processing time since other features may require more CPU time, even if not utilized.
If the Marantz can do only a few things, but excel at them, that's my choice I guess.
I've always eye-balled Marantz receivers but whenever I went to buy one, there was always a feature sacrifice - but I've always known or heard their products are worth their price even if you get less extras.
Awhile ago, it would have been less HDMI ports or something.
As it stands, I'm excited to have open HDMI ports on a receiver - having 2 limits expansion options.
Another question regarding that 1403 - 50W per channel... is that going to be realistic?
I've heard Harman Kardon usually underrates their wattage claims. The 50W performance of the AVR 247 meets my needs - I'd be afraid to go lower... and for now, I don't envision needing more. Whenever I get better speakers, if they need more power to drive, that might be a time I'm also looking to spend more on a receiver anyhow.