Originally Posted by Kain
I requested for some recommendations on this forum and the AVForums for a flagship A/V receiver. People here mostly recommended Yamaha, Denon, Pioneer, and Onkyo and a few others that didn't get as many "votes." On the AVForums, which I think is a UK-based forum, most recommended the Anthem MRX 710. I read some reviews and while it might not be the most feature-rich unit, the sound quality is..... "above anything else" .....??????.
Some went as far as to say that this is as close as you can get to separates. So, is this true? How does the sound quality
of the Anthem MRX 710 compare to the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3030 (which was my top choice till I read about the MRX 710)? I need high SPL capability, excellent dynamics, and excellent overall sound quality. My speakers are the original Klipsch RF-7, RC-7, and RS-7.
In my personal opinion you are comparing one "dog" to another. I would NEVER recommend either one to anyone. I think going to hear some Adcom or Rotel equipment, for example, would give you a whole new perspective on really good sound quality. I suggest that you find some dealers and do some listening to help you decide.
In terms of SOUND QUALITY, this would be my rating of the major brands of receivers (ignoring the "bells and whistles", and concentrating on the design features that make for lower distortion and best sound when good dynamics and high SPL are valued):
(10 being absolutely perfect reproduction and 1 being almost unlistenable)
Cambridge Audio- 8
Sony ES Series- 6
Sony-1 (consumer-grade...not ES)
Of course each company makes different models, and some will be better than others, but in general this is my overall impression of their sound quality (and of course everyone votes for what they own...lol).
When Home Theater Magazine tested some Anthem models for power output in the lab, they had less available power than some Denon receivers costing one-third as much. You should look up some of those reviews; you will be shocked at how pathetic the Anthem gear came out. It's hard to see how anyone would buy it after seeing the objective test results. Cambridge Audio receivers have repeatedly been the ones that Home Theater gives the highest praise to for sound quality (they seldom test Adcom or Rotel receivers; probably because they are rather expensive).
I have had over 50 years of experience in the electronics field as an engineer, technician, teacher, and audio enthusiast. This is my personal opinion, and ONLY my personal opinion. Those who demand proof of something will be disappointed.