Originally Posted by SonomaComa
The AVR I am talking about is only about 15 hours out of the box. And turning Audyssey off to be able to use the Graphic EQ is what I would like to do, that is a feature and I paid for. If not, why is it even installed on the SR6007? If it can't handle these two speakers I don't see how it will ever power a full blown 5.1 system. If this really is operating the proper way it was designed to I'm sorry I ever even considered a Marantz product.
I have heard others and they sounded great and at a LOUD volume, not just ok at a very moderate level. If that Graphic EQ takes away sooo much of the performance what is it really for? Hopefully I'll get a replacement with no hassles or just get my money back completely. Spending over twelve hundred duckets before taxes...... I think one should be satisfied.
I'd reiterate Alan P's question. If your former receiver is old enough not to self-calibrate, and end especially if it does not to have its volume denominated in decibels or fractions thereof, we revert to the old saw that the position of the volume control means precisely zero about the output of the device. Because output depends on how the volume control and gain staging are set up and none of us know that about older receivers. a brief aside: until the last few years, Fender's "Hot Rod" guitar amps all had linear potentiometers in their master volume controls, rather than audio taper of log pots. Why? Well because sound reacts logarithmically to power, so with a linear pot, you get 90 percent as loud as you possibly can with one-tenth of a turn of the knob. Kids in stores thought they'd found the most powerful things in the world. But while not underpowered for rational applications, they didn't have much more to give above that WOW! level. And because in normal situations one plays less than full out, it made actually setting the correct volume for a gig, within that mere one tenth of a turn of the knob. a giant PITA. Fender finally straightened that out on the version III of these amps . . .)
Your Marantz's volume control is denominated in decibels. Every three decibels changes the power by a factor of two, and typically 3 dB is thought of as one notch louder or quieter, although people differ. Every 10 dB changes the power by a factor of 10. So you may be overestimating how far you have the Marantz turned up. Particularly if it remains set so that the numbers on the volume readout go down as you increase volume. That likely means that a 0 on the volume dial you'd be using enough power to achieve reference levels - 105 dB per speaker when the content is as (digitally) loud as it can get. So -10 is one tenth that power, about half as loud as reference, and still about twice as loud as I typically listen to movies FWIW. Also note that with my merely mortal speakers, although I am calibrated to reference, I am perfectly confident that my speakers won't actually reach those levels at the expected power because they'll be compressing,.