Well, I’ve looked a whole lot of different options and right now, I’m just going to wait for my 7704 to come back. My wife gave me good advice - why buy another Marantz if you’re not happy with the support. Good point. The 7704 is a great unit when working, but I can’t in good conscience purchase another one (it probably wouldn’t ever have issues) even if it is an upgrade. Sort of an upgrade, better resistors and IMAX Enhanced (I don’t care about that as I don’t see it becoming a thing). Plus, it’s not upgradeable to HDMI 2.1, only the 8805 is.
I looked at several other options and almost went with a Yamaha, but I’m not sure about YPAO and the units have issues with their balanced XLR LR outputs.
I’m going to wait and most like go with a unit with Dirac Live. That would either be the Emotiva XMC-2, RMC-1, or the Monolith HTP-1 16. I would really like to be in the 3k range, but willing to go to the 4k if it could provide some longevity. In reality, there isn’t that much longevity with our hobby and that’s the main reason I didn’t purchase an 8805.
With all that said, I keep going back to the 7705 in my mind. At its price point and with its features, it’s almost too good of a deal to pass up. I know I will probably only keep it a year or two. It’s doubtful I will ever have to send it in for repairs, and if I keep it my 7704, it’s a moot point, or as Joey from Friends would say, Moo point, lol.
Shout out to
! Thanks for all the informative information! This has not been fun - I’m driving my wife up the wall. It’s a good thing our 3 boys had soccer all day Saturday and my oldest had a select baseball tournament all day Sunday, otherwise, I’m sure she would be really mad at me. Hard to look at A/V gear when you’re either coaching, or helping keep a scorebook and checking to make sure Blue calls balls and strikes right, lol.
Routh Family Theater
- My Dedicated Home Theater Build - 7.1.4 Atmos Setup
Seymour AV 100" Electronic Masking Screen - Klipsch RF-7 II's, RC-64 II, RS-62 II's, RS-52 II's, CDT-5650 II-C x 4 - PSA V3600I Sub
Marantz AV7704 with TK421 Modification - Panasonic UBD 820
Emotiva XPA -7 & XPA-5 - Sony XBR-75x940c with Ideal-Lume Panelight (Living Room)