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post #1 of 11
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Once again, I come to you guys for advice.

I posted earlier in another thread, but time is on the line so I need some quick help. The bottom line is I bought a AV7005 and a MM7025 amp. thinking I'd go with a large Home Theater system, however, due to some recent events, it's not going to be possible. Instead I am going to focus on just two channel for at least the next 3-4 years. However, how successful is it going to be with a pre pro such as the AV7005 for just music?

My speakers are CM9s and it's in/going to be in a 20x16ish room. I listen mostly from my Macbook Pro but do plan on getting a record player soon. I also have an Arcam rDac.

I bought the 7005 28 days ago, just two days shy of Best Buy's return policy, so as you can guess, I need to decide soon. Any ideas or suggestions?



I swear, I'd buy you a beer if I could for all the help you guys give.
post #2 of 11
It should be just fine, that processor seems to be very high regarded as far as sound quality goes.

An alternative would be the UMC-1 for $500, the sound quality matches (or in some case surpasses) the AV7005.

Otherwise, I'd recommend if you were willing to wait, the XMC-1 will be out during the summer. Assuming the sound quality will be better then the UMC-1 it should be better than the AV7005. Regardless though, its 4K ready, so if that's important then I'd wait, otherwise, I think the AV7005 is fine.

Others will be able to chime in.

- Kh[a]os
post #3 of 11
If you are not going to be using it for theater, and, only 2 channel usage, then I would recommend you take it back and look into a cheaper pre-amp with a more powerfull amp. I would imagine that 150 to 200 watts per channel would make those CM9's sing really well. Also look into getting some room treatments. As a matter of fact, if I were you, I would take back not only the Marantz pre and amp, but, also the CM9's. I would replace them with say a pair of Salk Ht2's or Ascend Sierra towers. But thats just me.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Martycool007 View Post

If you are not going to be using it for theater, and, only 2 channel usage, then I would recommend you take it back and look into a cheaper pre-amp with a more powerfull amp. I would imagine that 150 to 200 watts per channel would make those CM9's sing really well. Also look into getting some room treatments. As a matter of fact, if I were you, I would take back not only the Marantz pre and amp, but, also the CM9's. I would replace them with say a pair of Salk Ht2's or Ascend Sierra towers. But thats just me.

He will benefit from room correction, bass management (if he decides on sub) and decoding high resolution digital streams. But actually I would get HK990 integrated amp, and get all the same audio features (excluding multichannel).
post #5 of 11
If you can return the amp, I highly recommend the XPA-2 or dual UPA-1's (depends if u want monoblocks or not) and keep the AV7005

- Kh[a]os
post #6 of 11
Let me start by saying the Marantz AV7005 is currently class B rated in the new edition of Stereophile. I don't think you will be unhappy, but I do think you could do better two channel for the money. I'm currently running a Marantz SR7005 as a preamp, with a Parasound A23 amp connected to my B&W 804d's. I like the sound I get, but I think the Marantz is a weaker part of the system. Don't get me wrong, it's great for AV needs and the built in DAC works well, but the unit is a jack of all trades and master of none. Plus you already have an outboard DAC.

I'm sure your AV7005 would out perform my SR7005 due to the balanced connections and additional component isolation, but I still think you can do better for the money. Especially on the amp side.

I would suggest taking a look at the Parasound P3/a23 combo, which would be in your range, or if you can find a good deal on a-gon, try and find a used Ayre AX-7e, which is Stereophile class A rated. It would also be worth your time to visit a non-Best Buy B&W dealer to hear their recommendation if you haven't already done so.

Regardless of the system you choose, happy listening.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
You know what, I was actually looking at Parasound and now that you bring it up, I'll have to take a listen and see what I think of the duo. I plan on driving up to SF to listen to a few audio stores; I just hope they don't ignore me for my age, haha.

Today's the last day, I'll be probably returning it tomorrow; any other options by chance?
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Phoenyx View Post

Once again, I come to you guys for advice.

I posted earlier in another thread, but time is on the line so I need some quick help. The bottom line is I bought a AV7005 and a MM7025 amp. thinking I'd go with a large Home Theater system, however, due to some recent events, it's not going to be possible. Instead I am going to focus on just two channel for at least the next 3-4 years. However, how successful is it going to be with a pre pro such as the AV7005 for just music?

My speakers are CM9s and it's in/going to be in a 20x16ish room. I listen mostly from my Macbook Pro but do plan on getting a record player soon. I also have an Arcam rDac.

I bought the 7005 28 days ago, just two days shy of Best Buy's return policy, so as you can guess, I need to decide soon. Any ideas or suggestions?

I swear, I'd buy you a beer if I could for all the help you guys give.

Tubes ? Primaluna ? . Emotiva / Outlaw should provide great value for the $. Used Parasound A21 should be great too .
post #9 of 11
+1 on the Parasound recommendations.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by geek101 View Post

Tubes ? Primaluna ? . Emotiva / Outlaw should provide great value for the $. Used Parasound A21 should be great too .

I've been looking at PrimaLuna but the tubes will probably be my last purchase. If I pick up the Parasounds, I'll then pick up a MusicHall 2.2 TT then finally maybe a pair of tube amps.
post #11 of 11
I tried the A23 a couple of years ago, and it didn't like driving my Vandersteen 3A speakers; it sounded pretty awful. Some people seem to think it sounds OK, so maybe with an easier load it might be OK. I don't think my Vandersteens are a particularly tough load for an amplifier, but there was some problem there. I sure can't recommend the A23 based on my listening experience though. The A21 is an excellent amplifier; I have heard it a lot at a friend's house.

The Vincent SP-331 is an excellent power amplifier, for $1300, and their SA-31 preamp is $650; The Absolute Sound named it their "Amplifier of the Year" a while back. You might want to check them out.
I suspect that combo would be hard to beat at the price.




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Originally Posted by Phoenyx View Post

I've been looking at PrimaLuna but the tubes will probably be my last purchase. If I pick up the Parasounds, I'll then pick up a MusicHall 2.2 TT then finally maybe a pair of tube amps.
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