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Help me decide on these units...Marantaz, Denon, Yamaha, Pioneer?

I've been racking my brain trying to decide on a player and hoping you guys can help. Basically I want a good sounding all in one type player for a dining/living area. I'm having a hard time finding exactly what I want and it's tough because I don't really have anywhere near me where I can go sample these units. I'm basically going to be buying blind based upon reviews.

Basically, I've got a total budget of somewhere around $500-$800 for a unit and speakers. I want something versatile for a living area. My #1 concern is that it has to have a CD player as I have a big collection. My second concern is probably USB as I'm willing to work on building a FLAC/MP3 library. It also would be nice to have bluetooth as an option but I don't find myself using it that much. It also might be nice to have some internet capabilities for the future but I'm not a big user of it now.

Anyways, having a tough time deciding on the unit I want to buy. I want something a little more than "normal" micro systems that are pretty limited. I've been looking at the following units and just wondering if anybody could provide thoughts on them and their specs. I don't care if the unit comes with speakers or not....i'm thinking I'd rather buy other speakers anyways. I'm kind of leaning toward these speakers:

http://www.philharmonicaudio.com/aa.html

Here's the units I seem to be gravitating toward...

Marantz MCR611:

http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pa...oductId=MCR611

Denon DM40:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...cro_audio.html

Pioneer HM76:

https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...RoCQBAQAvD_BwE

Yamaha CRX-N560:

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audi...560/index.html

Anyone have any thoughts? Do you think the Denon DM40 will basically sound about the same as the Marantz? What kinds of specs should I be paying most attention to? Is there something else you'd look at?

I've thought about buying a receiver and a separate CD player but really would like an all in one type unit. Trying to get the best sounding all in one setup I can get.
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I've been racking my brain trying to decide on a player and hoping you guys can help. Basically I want a good sounding all in one type player for a dining/living area. I'm having a hard time finding exactly what I want and it's tough because I don't really have anywhere near me where I can go sample these units. I'm basically going to be buying blind based upon reviews.

Basically, I've got a total budget of somewhere around $500-$800 for a unit and speakers. I want something versatile for a living area. My #1 concern is that it has to have a CD player as I have a big collection. My second concern is probably USB as I'm willing to work on building a FLAC/MP3 library. It also would be nice to have bluetooth as an option but I don't find myself using it that much. It also might be nice to have some internet capabilities for the future but I'm not a big user of it now.

Anyways, having a tough time deciding on the unit I want to buy. I want something a little more than "normal" micro systems that are pretty limited. I've been looking at the following units and just wondering if anybody could provide thoughts on them and their specs. I don't care if the unit comes with speakers or not....i'm thinking I'd rather buy other speakers anyways. I'm kind of leaning toward these speakers:

http://www.philharmonicaudio.com/aa.html

Here's the units I seem to be gravitating toward...

Marantz MCR611:

http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pa...oductId=MCR611

Denon DM40:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...cro_audio.html

Pioneer HM76:

https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...RoCQBAQAvD_BwE

Yamaha CRX-N560:

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audi...560/index.html

Anyone have any thoughts? Do you think the Denon DM40 will basically sound about the same as the Marantz? What kinds of specs should I be paying most attention to? Is there something else you'd look at?

I've thought about buying a receiver and a separate CD player but really would like an all in one type unit. Trying to get the best sounding all in one setup I can get.
If you are leaning toward the Philharmonic Audio Speakers (good budget choice!) then that means the Marantz and Yamaha, the other two coming with speakers. I'd lean toward the Marantz. Spec wise, I'd prefer the Marantz over the Yamaha. It has a bit more power, hence more headroom for the amp section.

I remember from your other thread that you might be space constrained? If not I'd check out separates on accessories for less. You can do better sonically with separates, than the all in one units. A stereo reciever in the 300 range and there is a marantz CD player 5005 for 299.

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I can at least give you my experience on brand. I've owned different brands of equipment throughout the years and finally, just recently, took a chance on Denon. Biggest mistake I've ever made when it comes to a/v. I've had nothing but problems with my purchase and already have had to send it out for warranty repair after just 1 year and after getting it back, now it's having Bluetooth issues. Maybe I just got an unlucky lemon out of the batch but it's definitely not a good first impression. I've sworn off of Denon for life.
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Ended up going with the Marantz 611. I just kept gravitating back to that one even though it's a little more than I wanted to spend. I jsut liked all the features and it seems like the biggest complaints are mostly with networking type stuff rather than actual performance, and I'm not even sure if I'll use the networking aspects much at all. However, I like knowing I have those features should I get more into that area.

Also ordered the Pilharmonic aa speakers to go with it. Just seems like a great value speaker that will be a solid bookshelf choice and $200-$250 was all I was willing to spend on speakers right now.

So we'll see how it goes. Hopefully will have a nice little setup for casual listening in my man cave basement.


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If you are leaning toward the Philharmonic Audio Speakers (good budget choice!) then that means the Marantz and Yamaha, the other two coming with speakers. I'd lean toward the Marantz. Spec wise, I'd prefer the Marantz over the Yamaha. It has a bit more power, hence more headroom for the amp section.

I remember from your other thread that you might be space constrained? If not I'd check out separates on accessories for less. You can do better sonically with separates, than the all in one units. A stereo reciever in the 300 range and there is a marantz CD player 5005 for 299.
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Ended up going with the Marantz 611. I just kept gravitating back to that one even though it's a little more than I wanted to spend. I jsut liked all the features and it seems like the biggest complaints are mostly with networking type stuff rather than actual performance, and I'm not even sure if I'll use the networking aspects much at all. However, I like knowing I have those features should I get more into that area.

Also ordered the Pilharmonic aa speakers to go with it. Just seems like a great value speaker that will be a solid bookshelf choice and $200-$250 was all I was willing to spend on speakers right now.

So we'll see how it goes. Hopefully will have a nice little setup for casual listening in my man cave basement.
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I've been racking my brain trying to decide on a player and hoping you guys can help. Basically I want a good sounding all in one type player for a dining/living area. I'm having a hard time finding exactly what I want and it's tough because I don't really have anywhere near me where I can go sample these units. I'm basically going to be buying blind based upon reviews.

Basically, I've got a total budget of somewhere around $500-$800 for a unit and speakers. I want something versatile for a living area. My #1 concern is that it has to have a CD player as I have a big collection. My second concern is probably USB as I'm willing to work on building a FLAC/MP3 library. It also would be nice to have bluetooth as an option but I don't find myself using it that much. It also might be nice to have some internet capabilities for the future but I'm not a big user of it now.

Anyways, having a tough time deciding on the unit I want to buy. I want something a little more than "normal" micro systems that are pretty limited. I've been looking at the following units and just wondering if anybody could provide thoughts on them and their specs. I don't care if the unit comes with speakers or not....i'm thinking I'd rather buy other speakers anyways. I'm kind of leaning toward these speakers:

http://www.philharmonicaudio.com/aa.html

Here's the units I seem to be gravitating toward...

Marantz MCR611:

http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pa...oductId=MCR611

Denon DM40:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...cro_audio.html

Pioneer HM76:

https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...RoCQBAQAvD_BwE

Yamaha CRX-N560:

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audi...560/index.html

Anyone have any thoughts? Do you think the Denon DM40 will basically sound about the same as the Marantz? What kinds of specs should I be paying most attention to? Is there something else you'd look at?

I've thought about buying a receiver and a separate CD player but really would like an all in one type unit. Trying to get the best sounding all in one setup I can get.

I recently heard the Yamaha BD-A1040 universal player. It sounded very fine, at its price point, on CD and SACD.
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Definitely leaning toward the Yamaha, to match with the A-S801 amp. Kind of OCD about that!
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