I recently purchased a Marantz AV7702mkII to replace an Onkyo PR
-SC886. I am quite happy with the function and fidelity for the very good price I paid for it. It is a significant improvement over the Onkyo except for one thing that may be a deal-breaker...
In all Marantz Receivers and Pre/Pros, both Direct and Pure Direct mode do NOT bypass bass management. If the subwoofer setting is set to LFE+Main, then low-end signal from the main speakers is still filtered and routed to the subwoofer(s), even in Pure Direct.
This is just wrong, and I do not see how it is even an arguable point or how Marantz engineers could consider a signal with its low end filtered out to subwoofers to be "Pure Direct." There is a filter in the signal path: This is NOT Pure Direct. I could understand leaving bass management in for "Direct" mode, bypassing all other DSP, but not in "Pure Direct." It makes the function useless. If you're putting a filter in the signal path, then shutting off front-panel LED's is a completely ridiculous exercise.
My Onkyo did not function this way, and I am fairly sure that Yamaha and other higher end processors utilize a proper Pure Direct mode with no DSP or filtering.
I called Marantz and spent quite a bit of time on hold confirming this. I asked to be escalated to Tier 2 support, and they say I will get a call in the next 1-2 days.
Anybody else have input on this issue before I return the Marantz and look at Yamaha or Anthem (both more costly but probably better)?
P.S. I posted this as a new thread rather than in the AV7702mkII thread because Marantz told me that this feature is the same across the line.