Originally Posted by Titan319
Yeah with rca i have no issues i am within the -6db across all channels. I bought the Marantz 7702 vs the 7709 reciever for the xlr connections. But i guess i could add amps later for the atmos. I know this is subjective Barnes but is the processor better than the receiver because there is more space between components and a dedicated power supply in your opinion.
I have had flagship processors and I currently have an AVR which feeds all-external amps. IMO there is no audible sonic difference between them.
Back in the day, there was an argument that keeping the tiny preamp signals well away from the muscular power amp signals was beneficial, and indeed in those days it may have been. But with modern units, using modern design and modern components, I doubt that you would hear any differences at all in a properly set up blind test. The processor has some benefits in that, not having to house power amps, there is more room for additional outputs and things like XLR connectors. But I attach no value to XLR connectors really, in a domestic setup, and I only use HDMI these days so any additional connectors are wasted on me anyway. Add to this that a processor usually costs more than its equivalent AVR, mainly because processors are made in relatively tiny quantities compared to their sister AVR, and I can't see the justification for them any more.
So, recently, when I needed to sell my fabulous flagship Onkyo 5509 processor in order to upgrade to Atmos, I just went with the Denon X5200W AVR, using its preouts to feed my amps. I saved money, suffered zero degradation of sound, and I have 9 'spare' amplifiers if I ever need them.
That's my 2 cents on it. Others are big fans of flasgship processors, but usually I think it is for the security of having the 'best' or the top of the range. I can see the value of that, but I choose all my gear on the basis of performance only and in that regard, IMO, an AVR is as good as its associated processor, and usually much cheaper too.