Originally Posted by hifiman9
I can only speak from my personal opinion but definitely the AVR600 has the edge. Now in saying that. The Marantz is a great piece and offers balanced outs and such things as HD radio and individual EQ per speaker. It also sounds very good in two channel. Was not impressed with its Audyssey set up. HT was also great on the AV8003.
The Arcam on my speakers is better detailed and a much better upper end detail range for both HT and two channel audio. Also the new Dolby Volume feature is fantastic for surround or HT listening and once set up right is hard to live without. I expect you will start seeing that feature on many up and coming Pre/Pros and receivers. So my answer is the Arcam and that's before break in complete. Either choice though would be fine. One note. There are several AV8003s out there that seem to have an imaging issue in stereo mode. Direct mode works fine. I was lucky that mine had great imaging and didn't suffer from this bug. My friends did as well as many others. Also with music and please keep in mind i have Focus HD speakers that are hard to tame. The Marantz produced lower bass ranges that almost approached boomy on my speakers. The Arcam tightened the bass back up and now sounds great. Also in my humble opinion the auto mic setup does 10 times better than the Audyssey set up on the Marantz. I had the outboard installer only Audyssey kit and it was horrible as it compressed the sound. The Arcam comes with a heavy duty set up mic and the Auto EQ is the best I have heard. Hope this helped.
I get confused a little on this. Is the Dolby Volume feature to maintain sound levels between a televised show and commercials or is this something else?
There have been a few occasions when I am watching a show at a nice comfy sound level and then a commercial comes on and about blasts me out of the room.
Does this feature control the volume between broadcast shows and commercials and keep the volume constant?
I think I would like this feature on my future pre/pro.
Sounds like you are enjoying your Arcam. Congrads.