Need some opinions. I've narrowed down my choice to either Denon 3808 or Marantz sr8002. Features aren't an issue, I'm interested in sound quality, overall quality, reliability.
-Which do you think will drive my 4xNHT 1.5/AC-1 speakers better?
(I have SVS 20-39+ Sub)
-Longevity? (I have had my old Denon AVR2400 for almost 10 years).
-Is the 3808 in the same class as 8002 power wise? I haven't seen any side by side comparisons or bench tests.
I think both are future proof, while the Denon features are nicer, nothing make or break for me except for maybe user updateable firmware...on the other hand, if everything on sr8002 works, no need to update. I think Denon is driving updates as a profit center, offering web interface enhancements, etc. frankly I'd rather keep it simple and use SB3 or similar device.
I had read reports of QC problems on Marantz sr8001, something about a cold weld break issue. Think that's been resolved? I assume 8002 is evolution of 8001 so maybe its more stable release?
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