Originally Posted by Ace Deprave
I'm sorry if I'm confused...are you saying the bass was not as punchy on the Denon or the Marantz?
Denon x4000 had more bass in direct mode with my speakers. The 7008 sounds a bit thin to me in Direct mode. not sure if that is "better" really. I think speakers will sound different depending on the woofer size, impedance etc. Main thing was the 7008 was better in all other areas. it was just the bass that was a little thin to me (7008). might of been a tighter bass, so could be better for some setups/personal taste. the little woofers on the Usher S520s liked the Denon bass in direct mode.. I really need more time with it next week.
One thing for sure is the Ushers are very revealing of source. changing amps sounded like i changed speakers. it was a huge difference. with the right 2-channel equipment the s520s are outstanding for music. i heard it!
hard thing is to find an AV receiver that will come close to that.