Thought I would share my opinion on my recent upgrade, a Marantz SR-7010 replacing my Denon AVR-X4200.
I don't want to be stoned to death for saying this but in my case, it has been a life changing experience. Every aspects of the sound improved drastically, imaging got a lot better, there is now a sens of 3 dimensions that I did not have before. Watching Jason Bourn last night in DTS:X was pretty epic. Bass is also more precise and on top of that, it also digs deeper. I felt before like Audyssey was cutting excessively the bottom end, not the case anymore!
I also revisited material like Generation Kill, which sounded cold and thin before. Completely different now! Very rich midrange, thick sound that I did not have before.
Just so you know, I have been running both receiver in the same fashion, Audyssey Reference, DEQ on, DVLM off. Calibration has been done the same way.
I know that it is a debated topic, but for me, these two amps are far from sounding the same. I highly doubt that it is placebo since I have been running Denon for 2.5 years and well aware of it's sound in my room. When I did the switch, it was to go full Atmos. I did not expect a sound difference since they are owned by the same group.
There has to be something that causes this, different DSP, better DAC, better components?
Let's have a fight about it