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I have been using a hand-me-down Bose system and just got a new set up. The new set up is the Episode 700 series In-Ceiling LCR's, Center Channel, and Point 6's. The system sounds great! However, you have to turn it up to roughly -5db to hear it. Below that it sounds very soft, so my thought was that a more powerful amp would be the answer.

I currently own a Yamaha RX-V471 which has been great, but I don't know that its quite powerful enough to push the speakers above, mainly the LCR's and Center channel. I am looking at the Marantz SR5008 and that is pretty much the top of the budget. Would there be a considerable performance difference between these 2 receivers to justify the cost of upgrading?
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I have been using a hand-me-down Bose system and just got a new set up. The new set up is the Episode 700 series In-Ceiling LCR's, Center Channel, and Point 6's. The system sounds great! However, you have to turn it up to roughly -5db to hear it. Below that it sounds very soft, so my thought was that a more powerful amp would be the answer.

I currently own a Yamaha RX-V471 which has been great, but I don't know that its quite powerful enough to push the speakers above, mainly the LCR's and Center channel. I am looking at the Marantz SR5008 and that is pretty much the top of the budget. Would there be a considerable performance difference between these 2 receivers to justify the cost of upgrading?

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Any model you would recommend from this site as better alternative to the Marantz SR5007/6007?
Edited by lilwestaman - 7/15/13 at 12:14pm
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Any model you would recommend from this site as better alternative to the Marantz SR5007/6007?
No, for what you want I would think the Marantz is real good, I like the front end on it looks old/new style. As for me If I was redoing my set up I like the NR1607 slim line but would end up with an Onkyo AVR, have had good service from them in the past
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The Denon X4000 has Audyssey MultEQ XT32. If you give Craig Peer a call at AV Science, it's just a hair over your budget.
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I am concerned the Marantz Slimline is not powerful enough to push in ceiling LCRs since they're rated at 175watts.

As far as Denon, I have not liked their user interface on other people's system. I really just want to have the best receiver for the money at this point. Not sure if any of you have experience with episode speakers or not, but I was told the Marantz line mates well.
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I am concerned the Marantz Slimline is not powerful enough to push in ceiling LCRs since they're rated at 175watts.

As far as Denon, I have not liked their user interface on other people's system. I really just want to have the best receiver for the money at this point. Not sure if any of you have experience with episode speakers or not, but I was told the Marantz line mates well.

I'd stick with your original plan of getting a Marantz 5007/6007. I wouldn't worry about power too much since both of these receivers have amplifier pre-outs. If you have the extra room in your shelf/rack, then you can just pick up an external amplifier. Only the 6007 might have is more amp assign options for those pre-outs. Plenty of companies that sell decent 5 x 200 watt amps for under $1000. The days of mainstream receivers having the power to drive decent speakers are long-gone.
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If that's the case will I notice any difference between the $350 Yamaha and the $800 Marantz in SQ?
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