Originally Posted by mannoiaj
Is there a place you can listen to both in the same listening room with the same speakers in an a/b switch atmosphere?
I would love to, only not likely many dealers will stock both Yamaha and Marantz AV receivers under the same roof (at least that I know of)..............
today's competitive [commercial] market seems to mostly push Yamaha, Denon and Pioneer (and maybe Sony and HK here and there), at places like BestBuy, CircuitCity, Tweeter, etc.,..But I can remember the day's (probably 70's & 80's) when Marantz was one of the popular, commercial, brands found at the more popular chains. Now I only find Marantz available at a few specialty, or boutique, audio shops, or maybe on-line. Although, Marantz has maintained a good level of product functionality and quality, and has a solid following.
However, the new-generation of Yamaha's are exceptionally good, in particular the RX-V1600/RX-V2600 and the recent RX-V1700/RX-V2700 family of models. Sound quality is a step beyond most all their previous models, as well as many comparable Denon and Pioneer Elite models (I think).
So, you pretty much have to do a "live" comparison.