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Marantz SR 7005 is now a boat anchor. What to replace it with?

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Thread Starter 
My SR7005 just blew up again for the 3rd time, this time out of warranty. The HDMI communication with my screen is dead, and I'm over it at this point. Time for a new rig.

I want 7:2, Airplay, and big, clean power. I run a biamped set of Aperion Verus Grands, which sound great but are hardly the most efficient speakers, in a really big room. I regularly found myself running the Marantz at -15dB, and at that level it is far from clean.

I'm really disappointed in the quality of my Marantz. I want its replacement to be built like a tank.

Any suggestions?
Edited by waygorked - 9/19/13 at 9:53pm
post #2 of 5
IMO, an AVR + amp combo should address your needs. I'd look at the Denon AVR-X4000 and add an Emotiva amp.

A couple of possible configurations:
- an Emotiva XPA-5 (200W/ch x 5) to bi-amp your mains and to run your CC, with the AVR handling surround duty; or
- an Emotiva XPA-200 (150W/ch x 2) for each of your mains, with the AVR handling CC and surround duty.
Edited by eljaycanuck - 9/20/13 at 4:40am
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Originally Posted by waygorked View Post

. I regularly found myself running the Marantz at -15dB, and at that level it is far from clean.

How do you know that?

Of course -15 dB means nothing because of the internal level controls.
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I'm really disappointed in the quality of my Marantz. I want its replacement to be built like a tank.

HDMI is a failure prone interface. Low voltages, high speed, and no transformers unlike 1000BTX. Static discharges, grounding problems, wiring problems, power problems or seemingly just sitting there, and it can be zapped.

How many years did you get out of it? It could be 3 years old. Of course 3 years, 3 repairs is total BS.
post #4 of 5
Worst case is you're only a few months out of the 3 year warranty, so I would still contact Marantz for warranty repair. If no joy, then if you purchased with a credit card, the card issuer is likely to add an additional 4th year (AMEX will for sure as will some MC/Visa). Additionally, if you were only running at -15db, adding an external amp is unlikely to provide any additional benefit. Also suggest forgoing the passive "bi-amp" feature on the AVR as that too is unlikely providing you any real benefit in either additional power or audio fidelity.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. I need to pay better attention, I forgot that the warranty was 3 years and not one. I should be able to get my 3rd new circuit board on Marantz' dime.

As for my comment about clean power, I speak of signal to noise ratio. With my amp anything above -25 on the volume is accompanied by a significant background hiss. Which is, of course, unacceptable for an ostensibly audiophile box. I question if this is a symptom of my cooking board?
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