Originally Posted by mbernstein
...All in all, considering the improvements in Sound Quality (the gear+better calibration) and usability, a worthy (though expensive) upgrade if one can afford with not much effort. But I guess, as in most consumer products, after a certain level of quality, the returns are not proportional to the extra money spent.
Yes, this model is definitely starting up the steepening slope of "diminishing returns".
The Denon 'stable mates'/equivalents will play sound very nearly just about as well, for less money. Or an Emerson, perhaps somewhat less well, and certainly for even less money.
It is always a totally personal decision about when paying disproportionately more for that ever smaller improvement is worthwhile. (In the absence of specific desired/required features which are either 100% present, or not.)
I would like
to have separates (dedicated pre-amp + dedicated power-amps). And I might
be able to hear the improvement such would provide. But there are limits to my discretionary spending. And I just do not have a strong enough justification/desire to go that route with the consequent opportunity costs which that would impose.
Oh, and I am very satisfied with my new SR8012.
After over the years having gone the route of Yamaha, Pioneer, Denon AVR-5700, 3808ci, X3300W -> this Marantz.
Thank you, Mike at AV Science, for being so kind as to sell me one.