Originally Posted by myriadcorp
I cannot decide which AVR to buy. I am down to the Onkyo 818 and the Marantz 5007. I have a 5.1 setup and plan on using my Marantz MA700 mono blocks to power my speakers. Do I really need the additional specs of the 818? I assume all the Marantz AVR's use the same processor so by using my mono blocks I will get the most out of the cheapest option. Anyone use the 5007 as a pre amp processor instead of using its internal amp?
As you already know, the TX-818 cost's more than the SR5007 and you get Audyssey, MultEQ XT32 for the extra monies. One also gets a bit more amplification but not enough to make a big difference. Enough to increase headroom but not enough to make much of a sonic (dB) difference.
As to your question: "Do I really need the additional specs of the 818?; that's a yes/no type of answer.
If wanting MultEQ XT32, then yes, but if no, then no and the SR5007 will treat you just fine.
Currently I'm using our SR5007 as both pre-pro and amplifier with full intentions of adding an outboard Amp at a near term, later date. My understanding, the XT32 is well worth the extra monies one must spend to get.