Originally Posted by spideytech
Guys I have a few receiver models in mind for a new purchase. I am wondering how do they compare to each other. Is one model far better in sound quality? Is one better in video? How about other aspects? Just would like to get the opinions of those who have experience with these models. How does the Marantz equivalent compare to these?
Denon 2809ci; Onkyo TX-SR806; Onkyo TX-SR706; Yamaha RX-V863; Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH
Thanks for your help.
Ownership of a receiver does not qualify the owner to state, as fact, that it is the hands down best one available. But that is what your apt to get with posts like this. From a SQ point of view, nobody could pick between any of the receivers you list in any kind of blind test although you will find dozens of fanboys that will argue endlessly that theirs is the best. There has never been any evidence submitted or any test performed that can be pointed to that supports anybody's claim that they can tell any native difference in sound between receivers. What you should do is simply make a list of features that are important to you in your system. Inputs, power output, EQ, Video processing or video passthrough, etc. and then make a list of the ones that meet your criteria. With this list, search for the best value you can find, regardless of brand, and buy it. Enjoy, don't look back ,and don't second guess your choice. I appreciate all the Marantz, Yamaha, Onkyo, etc. owners that love their gear. They should, they bought it. When I am upstairs I love my Yamaha. When I'm downstairs I love my NAD. When I'm in my music room I love my B&K. There will be a difference in power output between receivers so make sure that, given your room size and speaker sensitivity, you purchase one that meets your power requirements, but other than that, a DAC is a DAC.