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Which receiver would you choose?

I have some Best Buy gift cards and am looking to purchase a receiver to complement my KEF T305 system 7.1 system (includes additional set of surrounds).

I have my receiver options narrowed down to the following:

Pioneer SC-81
Marantz NR1605

Given both are priced in my same range, with my speaker set, which would be better?
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The Pioneer will play louder Obviously as it has more watts and your Kef setup can take it, where as the marantz is around half that! Just depends on you basically!

Do you play your setup at High Volumes, if so go with the Pioneer! If you listen to your speakers at low to Moderate volume the Marantz will be fine!

That said if I were considering the Pioneer SC-81(Which I hate Pioneer), Id also heavily consider the Yamaha Aventage 1040 as its 1099.99! Im sure most if not all retailers would knock off 100.00 for you, and the Yamahas are known for theyre reliability!

Good luck with your purchase....

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The Pioneer will play louder Obviously as it has more watts and your Kef setup can take it, where as the marantz is around half that! Just depends on you basically!

Do you play your setup at High Volumes, if so go with the Pioneer! If you listen to your speakers at low to Moderate volume the Marantz will be fine!

That said if I were considering the Pioneer SC-81(Which I hate Pioneer), Id also heavily consider the Yamaha Aventage 1040 as its 1099.99! Im sure most if not all retailers would knock off 100.00 for you, and the Yamahas are known for theyre reliability

Good luck with your purchase....
Thanks for your reply. My budget is 750 and both the marantz and pioneer are at or under that at the moment. Unfortunately that particular Yamaha is just a bit out of my price range. As I usually only listen low to moderate levels, would the Marantz be the way to go?
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Thanks for your reply. My budget is 750 and both the marantz and pioneer are at or under that at the moment. Unfortunately that particular Yamaha is just a bit out of my price range. As I usually only listen low to moderate levels, would the Marantz be the way to go?
My Opinion strictly.... Yes, Id go with the Marantz 1605! Go to a Place that has both and Demo each reciever for yourself on comparable speakers as yours if possible!
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Marantz receivers are great for listening to music.

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Even if the Marantz amp is rated at half the power of the Pioneer (I didn't look that up but seems what toddman is indicating), keep in mind that's only 3dB difference in volume. Pick the receiver with the features you want. To me the Pioneer looks to be the better choice unless you need the slim box of the Marantz.

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Marantz receivers are great for listening to music.
I run an Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme into the Ext. 7.1 analog inputs of my Emotiva UMC-200. For listening to music, it beats everything made by Marantz.
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I run an Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme into the Ext. 7.1 analog inputs of my Emotiva UMC-200. For listening to music, it beats everything made by Marantz.
Sounds good to me. Go for it!

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