Originally Posted by danbry39
Help my choose please.
I have two speaker systems I could use, Klipsch Reference and ACI.
I prefer the ACI for music, especially classical. However, they are very power hungry (86 db).
My options are to buy the 7008 and go with the Klipsch with no power amp.
To go with my preferred ACI and get either the 5008 or 6008 along with the Marantz power amp.
The Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ® XT32 comes only with the 7008. How important is that over the Audyssey that comes with the other two? Any other important differences between the 7008 and the other two?
Any input would be so greatly appreciated.
Marantz sr 7008
I'd to admit the AVS Forum has given me so much learning and info that after playing with the decade old receiver finally I make a decision to upgrade it to this model.
I picked a sr7008 up last week with a good deal through a friend and had it set up following day for the 9 channels play back.
Like other devices there are Pro and Con.
My viewing mainly movies and sometime TV program as well the music.
My other devices that connect to the receiver are Cable box and Oppo-103, the video are dual displays with Samsung series 8 Led 55" which sits in front of 120" 2.40:1 DIY scope screen.
My HT room is acoustically treated and ambient light controlled.
Pro. The Audyssey set up for 9 channels with the microphone is essential, as I first try manually to calibrate the system the result is a mixed bags and inconsistent to playback the music or movies.
Once the Audyssey completed I found the receiver really changed the sound and music I usually listen to . Movies become more immersive particularly the center channel dialogue and surround back audio is a lot louder and clearer and with front height it makes the 3D and BD action movies with 7.1 alive and intensive. The stereo music from the L/R front is a lot detail and clean .
Although I only use one powered sub, my L/R pair of 13yrs old powered Infinity Overture 3 make up the LFE output. It simply loud and crisp audio, I think the receiver internal amp has sufficient wattage for my 12' x 15' room as I only turn the volume to 70-75 level. Such that I'm contemplating to add another pair of Golden Ear ceiling speakers for the front width and see how this machine going to perform.
The beauty of this 7008 it gives my L/R tower speakers another life as I always thought that nostalgia may not pair with the trend.
The HDMI connections to other devices are well marked and with 3 HDMI out, makes it very expandable. The OSD is easy to follow on TV monitor but slightly awkward on scope display but I can use the squeeze mode to fit the screen.
For PQ , I see no problems of switching sources from cable to bluray as I use dual display.
Also, the Lip sync is history now.
The Con :
With such a high price and well built receiver, one might think this unit will have a high-end charm.
Not at all, as I hold that remote in my hand, I thought the manufacture had mistakenly put in one of those flea market universal unit. It's light weight, dull finish, the buttons are small and the indication for the button needs magnifier to read also the back lit is so dim and the lcd display is barely visible.
Have to use a flash light to assist searching during the movie or turn the overhead light on. What a joke.
The only way to make this remote to control the other devices has to use the Learn Function (pg.220-221) and there are limited keys can be programmed with. It took me hours to finally install some main key functions from other remotes to this skinny remote. Otherwise, my coffee table will be cluttered with remotes or have to buy another controller.
Even though there're some other models may perform just as well as 7008, I believe Marantz quality remain my choice.