Originally Posted by ShoutingMan
I'm close to buying a suite of Marantz hardware for a new theater room. I need the gear by July 11, when the build starts. I'm looking at the 7702mkII, two 7055 5-ch amps, and a 7025 2-ch amp to drive 7.x.4 Atmos speaker system.
Marantz MM7055 x 2
Before I buy, is there any reason why I'd be better off buying the Denon 6200 or 7200 for the processor and possibly partial amplification? I can save a little money going with the 7200 and a single amp; but it seems since I'm going all-in on a theater room, going the separates route made sense.
I wouldn't say that the processor in the denon's are better or worse than the Marantz, I would say, this, if you want to have true raw power, plenty of headroom for just about whatever and not have to worry, then you are going to do one of two things, buy the Marantz and go complete seperates with dedicated external power amps with true WPC continuously rated or go with the denon receiver and either use it's internal amps or get external amps for it, of course then your wasting power with the receiver amp doing nothing if your going to power everything with external amps.
the choice is up to you. I have been complete seperates for years and for my main HT, I can't see going back to a receiver. right now, I have everything I want (minus the USB/HD thing
) I want for my ATMOS/DTS:X listening pleasure and I'm ready for later down the road when I buy a 4K monitor. I never ever worry or wonder am I driving the speakers too hard or worry about clipping. I have 2 dedicated external power amps, one 5 channel, one 7 channel. my front 3 are 4ohm speakers and they are driven by that 5 channel amp as easily as a hot knife goes through soft butter! 6 of the 8 surround channels are driven by the 7 channel amp with the remaining two (SL&R) driven from the 5 channel amp.
I have peace of mind and never, ever worry about powering the speakers no matter the level, no matter how long they are driven at said levels and for 2 channel music, I run the fronts Full Range no sub again, not breaking a sweat.
i'll also say the picture output from my Marantz is beautiful, the sound is so much better and the soundstage size and separation of the channels is huge and noticeable all to the better. I am so happy to have moved to the Marantz. I use to have an Onkyo 5507 pre-amp, it was good, but, it can't compare with the 7702mkii.
think about it and do your research before you buy so you make the purchase you can live with. either setup you recommended can and will work. the question is which one can/will work for you!?!
also, i see your in Loudon, i'm in Alexandria/Fairfax County; small world, huh!?! good luck buddy, keep us posted.