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post #1 of 4 Old 12-18-2016, 01:39 PM - Thread Starter
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Goodbye separates hello which AVR?

Selling off my pre/pro and a multichannel amp to free up some money to purchase some preowned B&W 803D3's

I would like the ability to add a 4K projector in the next two years when they come down in price and possibly put in ATMOS ceiling speakers. I currently have a Marantz 7702mkii and run seven channels, two subs, and two height.

Looking for suggestions on a good quality AVR. It will not need to power the front soundstage as I have a three channel Krell for that. I am not biased towards any particular brand of AVR just something that is decent build quality. Honestly with my 50 year old ears I probably don't need to buy the most expensive model.
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You're not going to hear a difference in sound quality in direct mode on any new mid-range or higher AVR ( It will come down to the feature set you require and your preferred sound correction system.

The Denon 4300 is a really good value and will run the 9 channels you have. It has 11 channel processing so you can use your Krell amp and you can add 2 more speakers in the future if you desire. I use a Denon 4200 as a pre/pro with ATI amps and I (nor others) couldn't hear a difference between it and the $4,000 Marantz 8802 in direct mode meaning they'll also sound the same after Audyssey assuming they use the same microphone (the Audyssey mics have had some variances in them). I had a 7703 (sold it), 8802 (returned it) and will likely get a 4300 to upgrade from my 4200 as I need 11 channel processing for 7.2.4. I found out there was no need to spend the extra money for the 7703 and 8802 - the 4200 sounded identical.

I think you'll also appreciate the upcoming Audyssey app which will allow you to tailor Audyssey.

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Look for a Marantz SR7010, they are extremely good value now since they are the 2015 model.
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Considering what the 7702mk2 is selling for new, will you really be saving much money doing this? Maybe just swap to a cheaper amp if the current one is that expensive?
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