Just bought one from a "Marantz certified" dealer in Hong Kong.
How much should be the average price for the new one these days? I bought it for 5880HKD (which is equivalent to 800USD). I was questioning the price since it was a bit too cheap compared to the price stated on Marantz US website (1250USD) and the color is SILVER instead of BLACK. I called D&M Hong Kong and they confirmed that this is an original unit and they released the "Asian version" with silver color, not black. Can anyone confirm if there is any difference at all. I hope not! Chose this SR-6004 since the price offered was quite mouth-watering. My other options were Denon AVR-1910 and Yamaha RX-V765BL.
I'd like some recommendation for the speakers, subwoofer and BR player if possible. Please bear in mind that I am totally new at this and my audio knowledge is not better than my grandma. 2 weeks ago, I almost got myself the BOSE VS30 for 3950USD and changed my mind after some extensive research. I have a Bose QC3 headphone and I like it very much, but now I am pretty much convinced that with the same budget I could get better overall quality with the same kind of budget (or less).
For BR player, I set around 300-600USD budget. Any brand and type to recommend? I went to a shop randomly today and they recommended me Phillips BDP-9500 (obviously it's "the best" since it's the most pricey there). Is there any need to buy a good DVD/BR Player to get a good audio/video quality assuming that I have my own AV Receiver? I have no clue on this...
For speakers, I am quite interested with Paradigm, but unfortunately, in Indonesia (where I live), they sell mostly Infinity? Can anyone confirm if Infinity is an okay option? In Hong Kong (where I am having my vacation currently), they sell mostly KEF. The total budget for 7 speakers (or 5) should be less than 1500-2000USD. I don't want to spend too much on my first trial.
For subwoofer, I've set my eyes on Velodyne ones, particulary DEQ-10R. Website price is around 500USD. In Indonesia, they sell around 500-700USD. Please comment.
I hope I will not get the infamous POD since my warranty valids only for Hong Kong
Thanks in advance and please go easy on me for my long tedious questions.