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Location: Nokomis, Fl. USA
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When I was comparing, I thought the Onkyo TX-NR929 compared favorably with the Marantz SR7008 for features and specs with the exception of Sub EQ HD on the Marantz. Audyssey on the 929 treats the two sub outs the same. In fact the 929 has several features the 7008 doesn't. But the 7008 costs $600/$700 more than the 929 but still less than the Arcam.
You might also consider the Denon X4000 in that price range.
While the haters will mention the Onkyo's HDMI board overheating problems I can tell you from first hand knowledge that my latest temperature readings were an eye opener for me. My temp reading on my relocated (actually better air flow) Integra DTC 9.8 pre-pro is 35 degrees hotter than the 929 that replaced it, even with it's 9 channels of amplification. I now believe Onkyo about a fix. After a couple of hours, it's running at 100 degrees.
The Onkyo sounds better but probably due mostly to using the high/wide channels and Audyssey XT32. My bass is definitely tighter.
To nit pick, the 929 has no switched outlet and I think the 12 volt triggers are zone based.
Oh, I can easily read all but the tiniest digits on the display at the back of the room, not so on Marantz.