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Emotiva MC700 or Marantz NR1609 for use as a Pre/Pro

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I am planning to use a 3.1 channel configuration only at my new place. I have no place for surrounds. I already have a Emotiva 3 channel Power amp (250 x3) and the speakers and sub (Cadence Electrostat Fronts, Martin Logan center and B&W sub)

I was either thinking of buying a Emotiva MC700 with the bluetooth module or buying a receiver with pre outs, the Marantz NR1609 or the NAD T758 (regular or V3). I would use the receivers with pre-outs as a processor only.

The Emotiva and the Marantz would cost me the same and the regular NAD as well. The V3 will cost me quite a bit more.

Would the Emotiva be better or would the Marantz or NAD be better?

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I would decide on three factors:


Room Correction Software. I know nothing about the Advanced EmoQ software that Emotiva uses, others may can comment on how well it works. The Marantz uses Audyssey MultEQ, which is not their most advanced, but a well known software. The NAD also uses Audyssey (the V3 uses Dirac). My vote is NAD or Marantz.



Features/Usability - You said you already have a Emotiva amp so the asthetics may favor Emotiva. You will have to see which ones have the features that are important to you.



Price. I know A4L has the Marantz (refurb) at a really attractive price. Emotiva has refurb units too, but at a couple hundred more.



Other than differences with the room correction software, I don't think you will hear a difference between any of them.

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I’m contemplating the mc700 and am at the early stages of research.


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I’m selling my 1609 for $200, not a refurb unit either :3
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What does the Marantz 1609 have for preamp out jacks? IIRC this line has always had just the front L/R preamp out jacks. I do think it's capable of driving the center speaker in a 3.1 since the L/R will be driven by an external amp. But that depends on the center speaker. And I have no idea what the specs are on that ML center, since no model was posted.

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Center is not possible. Only front left and front right....
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Thanks for the prompt replies, all

I am aware the Marantz will do only 2.2 pre outs, the plan was to use the center channel with the internal amp if I get that.

I just thought that the Emotiva being a pure processor might be better than the Marantz or NAD which are receivers.

I am in India and will be ordering the Emotiva from the US or buying the Marantz or NAD here due to voltage issues.

Aesthetics not that important as long as the unit is black
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Well... if you don't need to pass 4k or at least internally, I'd save a quit a few bucks and get the UMC-200. It's a great unit.

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4k will be needed. We get 4k material on Netflix and Amazon now. And I am hooking this up to a 86 inch TV
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FWIW, I have a lot of both Emotiva and Marantz gear, and if you're certain you're never going to use surrounds, I'd probably go with the MC700. With the other two options, you're probably sacrificing quality for electronics you'll never use, plus you'll be wasting one channel of your XPA-3 amp. I'd rather have all three powered with the same, significantly better amp. I'm not sure room correction is as big a deal with a 3.1 system either.
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