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Originally Posted by MUDCAT45
Who listens in PURE DIRECT?
I have owned Denon 4200, Marantz 7010, and currently Marantz 8012. The 4200 and 7010 sound alike, however, the 8012 sounds different and much better IMO.
None of us normally listen in Pure Direct. The purpose of our testing was to see if we could hear any differences from each piece of equipment without further audio processing (given the 8802 has "superior" DACs, power supply, circuitry, etc.) - which we couldn't. Similar to
and what most others on AVS post and have blind tested, the difference in sound quality is in the room correction method used rather than in the receiver or Pre/Pros themselves if a mid grade or higher. I was willing to fork over nearly 3x as much money for a 8802 over a 4200 but I couldn't hear the difference nor could they which surprised all of us. For us, there is no reason to upgrade unless there are changes in HDMI standards or a better audio processing system comes along.
It's great that you could hear the difference between your 8012 and 4200 and 7010, many of us could not hear the difference with similar and higher level equipment. The difference you may possibly be hearing is that your Audyssey calibration or volume matching was slightly different from that of your 4200 and 7010. The most important thing is that you're happy with your new 8012 and that's what it's all about
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