Originally Posted by Gugu_s
My problem is, that my Parasound C2 is having some PowerSupply issues, and it needs to be serviced. I don't know the costs yet, but it could be that it will cost a few hundred $... And I got to thinking, what if I buy an AV7005 instead? How good is the sound quality, when you compare it to preamps/processors like my current Parasound C2, which was retailing for 5-6 grand back then ?!
My opinion is that most of this gear will all sound reasonably good provided it's all set up properly and you won't notice that much difference between them regardless of price. I noted a while ago I replaced a Sherwood Newcastle AVP9080 (about $1100) with the AV7005 (about $1500) and did not notice that much of a difference between the two. Then again, I'd defy anyone to find that much difference between those two and an older Sony receiver from around 1992 which was about $1000 which also sounded just fine. As long as you have the speakers level matched reasonably well (a Sony SPL meter is totally fine) and your room does not have major issues such as high reflectivity and null nodes, you should be happy with the AV7005.
Originally Posted by Gugu_s
Would audyssey improve my sound a lot, if the velodyne is already doing some room correction, and should I use the analog mch in, or HDMI PCM, or let the Marantz do all the decoding? Which way is the sound quality the best? (Is the Marantz able to use audyssey when using Mch analog input? )
Is the decoding better when using the Marantz, or the Denon 3800 bluray player?
Has anyone experience regarding these equipments?
As JDSmoothie said, only you can make the determination as to if it sounds good TO YOU and you'd have to do what everyone else does - hook it up and cycle through all the possibilities to find the combination that works best for you. That being said, all your equipment is good quality and I believe there are plenty of posts here that can confirm the AV7005 works really well and you won't go wrong with it.
As for Audyssey, I'm not convinced it's THAT great since my AVP9080 did not have it and I think it sounds great. In fact, both AVP9080 and AV7005 sound surprisingly similar to me and I've noticed a slight out of phase feel to the AV7005 when listening to 2-CH CDs with Audyssey on so I've turned it off on CD input (though it's been said that you can't fully turn Audyssey off once you've run it). Again, you would have to hook it up and see how it sounds to you.
One last comment - I have an Adcom GCD700 CD player that I have had directly hooked up to my amp with no processor in between and it sounds great. Hooking that up to the AVP-9080 and AV7005 shows that there is a bit of a difference between the Adcom and the two processors such that I think the Adcom has the better DAC but I do switch between DACs all the time to compare. I think you'll end up doing the same and making that part of your listening experience. If not, I think all the equipment mentioned here is top notch and you will end up not really caring which one is doing the processing. A plus is that you can connect your equipment multiple ways and switch between them as you want (I have both digital & analog outputs from my CD and HDMI & analog outputs from the DVD player connected so I can switch between them. Again, you'll be the one to make the final decision and you won't go wrong with the AV7005.