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Marantz or Denon?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I need to get a new AVR. Where should I start looking Marantz or Denon?
post #2 of 11
Both are good, just depends on what features you might want.
Having had a Marantz in the past, I prefer them. But I think the Denons might be cheaper.
post #3 of 11
Denon owns Martanz...

-RobNY
post #4 of 11
Beginning with last year's models, Denon and Marantz are clones of each other for the most part ... 7005 <==> 3311CI with some subtle differences between models, although as noted, the Marantz model generally costs more. Although you won't be able demo Audyssey there, Best Buy/Magnolia stores offer both Denon and Marantz so you can demo both to determine if you prefer one over the other. So when comparing models, compare whether they have the same version of Audyssey at least. Really depends more on your requirements/budget and which model meets those requirements. If your budget can afford a 7005, you can likely get the 4311CI with the more advanced version of Audyssey MultEQ XT32 for roughly the same price. Also there are great deals to be had on last year's models from both mfr's.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
It sounds like Denon will give me more bang for the buck. I currently have a Denon AVR 2310CI upstairs. I like it but the UI seems "old". This AVR will be for my basement. I want something as good or a little better.

Here are the things I am looking for:
Needs to support 3D
Network connection for firmware updates would be nice
I would like to have to Subs

Is there a good place to compare the xx11's to the xx12's features? My budget is probably $500-800. I assume I should be look at the 23xx and 33xx?
post #6 of 11
The Denon 2112CI is likely your best choice. You can compare the different XX12 models by clicking on the link in my sig and reviewing post #2 in that thread. Review post #3 for purchasing suggestions. Although both XX11 and XX12 are HDMI 1.4 (ie 3D), the XX12 models all include a more advanced GUI as well as Audyssey MultEQ XT and networking has been pushed down to lower models (compared to XX11 models) to include the 2112CI.

Also, you can connect 2 subs with any AVR (including your 2310CI) .. simply add a RCA "Y" splitter cable.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Why the 2112CI over the 2312CI?
post #8 of 11
Audio fidelity will be the same .. the 2312CI simply offers a few more features which if not required make the 2112CI the better price point. The extra sub preout is nothing more than an internal "Y" splitter.
post #9 of 11
Hi, I'm researching to buy upgrade my receiver (a Denon AVR-3806) and came across this post. I'm not so familiar with audio equipment. Can you elaborate on your comment "The extra sub preout is nothing more than an internal "Y" splitter"? The reason I ask is because I thought I had to get a new receiver with the pre-out (my speakers consist of Tru-Audio passive sub-woofer connected to an Audiosource AMP100, as well as Tru-audio ceiling speakers and 1 center). I though I'd have to get at least a Denon AVR-2313CI which has pre-outs.

Thanks
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by gizmos17 View Post

Hi, I'm researching to buy upgrade my receiver (a Denon AVR-3806) and came across this post. I'm not so familiar with audio equipment. Can you elaborate on your comment "The extra sub preout is nothing more than an internal "Y" splitter"? The reason I ask is because I thought I had to get a new receiver with the pre-out (my speakers consist of Tru-Audio passive sub-woofer connected to an Audiosource AMP100, as well as Tru-audio ceiling speakers and 1 center). I though I'd have to get at least a Denon AVR-2313CI which has pre-outs.

Thanks
The sub out circuit is split internally with a Y connection to provide two sub out jacks. Instead of you having to use an external Y.
Only the more expensive pre/pros have true stereo sub outs.
Edited by 4DHD - 3/20/13 at 4:52pm
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by gizmos17 View Post

Hi, I'm researching to buy upgrade my receiver (a Denon AVR-3806) and came across this post. I'm not so familiar with audio equipment. Can you elaborate on your comment "The extra sub preout is nothing more than an internal "Y" splitter"? The reason I ask is because I thought I had to get a new receiver with the pre-out (my speakers consist of Tru-Audio passive sub-woofer connected to an Audiosource AMP100, as well as Tru-audio ceiling speakers and 1 center). I though I'd have to get at least a Denon AVR-2313CI which has pre-outs.

Thanks

Nope. A RCA splitter adapter will do the trick. smile.gif

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