Hello Everyone, I was wondering if some of you could weigh in to help me finally make a decision on whether or not purchasing the 710 is a good idea.
I was all set to go listen and potentially purchase a 710, however, I stumbled upon this thread and now I am seriously debating if it is worth the potential headache. I know that not everyone is experiencing the shutdown issue but I must admit that when thinking about making such a significant purchase, it does make me reason to pause.
I have a Klipsch system (RF-82ii, RC-62ii, RS-52ii surrounds). I do not use it for music at all....ever. I only use it for watching TV and movies. I have an older Denon receiver at the moment and want something with a little more "oomph", something that is more dynamic. I had three receivers on my list - Denon 4520ci, Pioneer Elite SC-79, Anthem mrx 710.
I was fortunate enough to be able to listen to the Denon and the Pioneer in the same shop and do a little A/B comparison. I was more impressed with the dynamics of the Pioneer than the Denon. The Denon was not bad by any means, but it didn't have the same "pop" to it IMHO. I felt more engrossed during the action while the Pioneer was being used. I had no idea which receiver was being used at any given time. The sales associate was nice enough to take notes to keep up with my selections during various scenes. I picked the Pioneer 5 out of 5 times in a blind test.
I've heard and read so many great things about Anthem that I wanted to hear and compare the 710 to the Pioneer. I've read that that there is no comparison. The Anthem is far superior in as far as SQ is concerned and that is all I really care about. I am not into the bells and whistles. I just want the best possible sound and picture quality.
If I am correct, a couple of members here have had problems with the 710 shutting down and using Klipsch speakers. I certainly want to audition the 710 but I believe that if I do I will want to purchase it. I guess what I am really asking is should the shutdown issues be a major concern?