Originally Posted by motogp34
Looking at up grading to the Rotel 1560 from my Cambridge Audio 650R
or i was considering Marantz mm8003/av8003
I have the 1560 and enjoy it very much and would not trade it for the world. With that said the Marantz AV / MM 8003 set-up is a sweet sounding system, very refined and smooth.
I have two firends that had the Marantz and we performed a shoot out of sorts and the Marantz held its own from a pure sound quality stand point against some units at twice the price point.
When ever you compare Rotel to any other product it always comes down to the sound qaulity versus features. Rotel is known for their power supplies which has a direct effect on SQ. I will also say that Rotel provides very good support in terms of firmware updates and phone and dealer support. They also have long product life cycles (That is they don't release new products each year) which means your investment will retain value for many years. Another indication that I like to look at is how many units are for sales on the used market. They are very few Rotels on the used market.
I like the feature rich products with feature like room set-up because it provides some adjustments beyond speaker positioning, corssover, and delays. Features such as MultiXT are very nice to have in my opinion.
So at the end of the day it comes down to what is important to you and what are your capabilities. If you value SQ, have a good ear and some room flexiability (To change speakers and sub locations) then the Rotel is the way to go. If on the other hand your room has some contraints on speaker location and you have a tin ear from a tuning perspective, then I would say go with the feature rich products.
With all of that said either the Rotel or the Marantz would be good choices for different reasons.
All the best in your decision and enjoy