Yes i totally agree with you but with my previous marantz sr 5004 with audyssey multeq i swear that the bass was louder, but that could be because i have bought with the new receiver also the new sub which is sealed (mirage omni S12 was replaced by SVS sb12 NSD) and i like the sound of the sub in the movies and especially with music better than previous (not boomy as before). But as far as the difference between the SR 5004 and SR 7008 is DAY and NIGHT. I could not belive how much better does the 7008 sound compare to sr 5004, the bass is so much powerfull the sound is fuller i mean literally the NIGHT and DAY-PURE DIRECT mode (the speakers are the same MONITOR AUDIO BX). I have just raised the sub for 3 dbs and it is enough for me because i watch movies at evenings and at the lower level because the kid is sleeping so the sub must be a little hot, but without raising the sub trim level i could live with it but i think i would have to watch movies at least in the range around -15 db from reference.
Marantz sr7008 (running 9.2 audyssey DSX, DTS:NEO X), monitor audio bx6,bx center,bx fx (4x),bx1,sub SVS sb13ultra (2x), panasonic 60asw654, LAPTOP ACER Aspire V17 Nitro Black edition