Originally Posted by exm
Hopefully the AV7005 will be equally as good as the AV8003 (I still think Marantz should fire the manager of the department that names their product), but I have serious reservations that (as stated above) they have cut corners. My guess is that it will sound good/comparable to Onkyo units , but that the AV8003 will still sound better. But I really hope not.
I have the same concerns. However, they will have saved money on the 7005 vs the 8003 by:
* Not putting it in a copper plated chassis
* Not using fancy looking gold plated connectors on the back
* Cutting the balanced input out
* Not going for THX certification, with the licensing cost this involves
Most of these IMO are not worth the cost incurred in terms of sound quality improvement.
Plus, as technology and expertise move on, manufacturers can achieve the same quality for lower cost.
Also, maybe Marantz just decided to accept a lower margin on the 7005? There's a recession on, I hear, maybe they feel an increased need to be competitive.