Originally Posted by rantzmar
I only listen to music in 2 channel/Pure Direct. So the Yammie could not touch my Marantz AVR in two channel mode. And especially when I had the Adcom amp/Marantz in pure Direct....Yammie could not even come close.
Normally I only listen to 2-channel/Pure Direct only - I'm not a fan of multi-channel music or using a sub with music. I like full range with minimal processing. However, I'm trying to say that with the 3010 I prefer it in YPAO-Natural mode and not in PD mode, it just sounds smoother to me that way. I otherwise always had PD enabled on the AV7005 and other gear that I owned that had PD.
My Marantz 5500 which was released before HDMI, was one hell of a Home Theater. Explosions where off the chain. I have the same Paradigm Monitor 7's, and Klipsch M4's as front and rear, and the Mirage sub. I will let you know how the A710 does with good explosions.
Well, I'm not trying to say that it isn't. All I'm saying is that all the Yammie gear I've ever owned has been more dynamic than the recent gear I've tried from Onkyo and Marantz, and that includes the AV7005. I also have a Marantz SR6005 in a 2nd setup, and I still don't feel it's as dynamic as the 3010 or prior Yammie gear I've owned. If I run either unit with movies and without
Audyssey Dynamic EQ enabled, they sound dead and lifeless. But even with DEQ enabled I still feel the dynamics are better on the Yamaha. Maybe it's just the recent Marantz line, I don't know.
On another note....I thought about getting the Yammie Blue Ray player....so what are they like? My first choice was a Marantz player.
Sorry, can't help there, man, I don't have any experience with Yamaha blu-ray players. However, for what it's worth, I used to have a Yamaha SD-1800 dvd/SACD player which I thought was an excellent unit. The Oppo BDP93 is more than a worthy successor, otherwise I'd still probably have the SD-1800 for SACD.