Originally Posted by Teeter
I understand I may be asking in a biased thread, but how would you rate SQ of ghe 2309 vs a Marantz SR5003. They're similarly priced and the 2309 has a few more features but, ultimately, I want the best sounding amp for my money. What do you think?
Nah, we pride ourselves on our unbiased views here.....NOT!!
I took a quick look at the AVS Marantz thread here http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...?t=1060855page
and the immediate issue in the first few posts is NO DynEQ
. I didn't have to read any further to find any other potential issues. No way I'd buy a new AVR without that huge
upgrade in Audyssey which is
in the '09 Denons.
As to model of Denon, I'm not sure why you selected 2309(which is a fine choice), but you can save $ without giving up much with a 1909-not a bad idea if you are still shopping speakers and are on a tight budget, as you could spend the difference on the speakers. And, if you are very discerning on SQ, have (or will have) good speakers and a few more bucks in the budget, also consider the 2809 (the "best sounding amp for my money").
BTW I read the Marantz owners manual and immediately found something else missing that all Denons come with standard-it isn't written in Denonese!
But then again we have batpig to translate for us.