Originally Posted by mjpearce023
I was just looking at the 7012 since its on a big sale right now and I was thinking about testing it out but I also have the MRX 300 and I'm worried about the 2 channel performance. I came from a denon 3311 and the Anthem does a much better job with music. I was hoping that XT32 would at least be on the same level as ARC but it sounds like I might need to stay with the anthem. I also have the sierra 2s so it looks like we have similar taste. Anyway thanks for the review, it was exactly the comparison I was looking for.
Glad to be of help...there is a difference in 2 channel music performance to me. Hard to describe,
Some of the spaciousness, definition of tone and perhaps some stereo separation. It's close, like I
Said, very close but not quite there. I attribute this to the differences between ARC and Audyssey.
I'm confident in my measurement technique.(Lordy I was borderline obsessed running ARC and tweaking)
But, I didn't change anything in my room as far as speaker placement, furniture etc.
In the near future I may purchase the Audyssey app and compare it's graphs with my final ARC runs
Graphs and maybe make some adjustments.
I've gotten a bit lazy and complacent, and definitely don't want to be obsessed about getting that last
10% to 15%. All in all it sounds very good.
I was very sad when my MRX300 died on me, thought about getting it repaired, but the cost, the factor that
It was almost 8 years old convinced me to move on. I thought about the MRX 520? but didn't want to drop
That much cash. So far the Marantz is a good replacement.
PS-yes, the Sierra 2 is a VERY good bookshelf speaker!