Originally Posted by bear123
Off the top of my head, not familiar enough with the Marantz to comment on it, but imo, the 3600 is better than the 3500. Heat is an issue and lack of power when pushing multi channels at high level, and the 3600 has drastically better cooling. Much better heat sinks and dual cooling fans. I would think this would lead to better performance when pushed, and running cooler should promote longer life.
At a glance, the 6014 seems overpriced compared to the 3600. I would need to see a definitive objective advantage.
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Thanks for the reply
Yeah, I had the X4300H running not for very long, and it was startlingly warm at barely an hour's initial use (before troubleshooting the problem), and I had really only gone through the Audyssey calibration, and a little bit of TV watching. I don't think I push my equipment at all - sitting fairly close (6 feet away at most) probably helps in that since I don't have to turn the volume up that much. I've never heard the fan on my Onkyo go off (to the point where I thought it may have been broken at some point), and it barely gets above room temperature any time I've touched the top of it.
I mean, both the X3600H and SR6014 have near-identical specs (my understanding is that they're the sister models). The only "major" difference I see is the measly 5 watt difference, but that's so negligible that it's not even worth taking into account. Both being owned by the same company, I'm not sure whether they use different/better components in the Marantz since it's maybe considered a higher-tier brand or if they just use the same components in both, and just charge more for the Marantz because it's considered a higher-tier brand. What I'm mostly after is Audyssey XT32, which both have.
The few things I think the Marantz might have over the Denon is that the SR6014 has 7.1ch audio in as well as the pre-outs while the X3600H only has the pre-outs. Not sure what that does, specifically, but something tells me that that would be good for something (miniDSP, perhaps?). There's also HDAM in the Marantz that isn't present in the Denon.
I had a look at both through through some form of comparison here: https://www.zkelectronics.com/compar...ntz-sr6014/uk/
and they listed no advantages the X3600H had over the SR6014 (they just skipped that part altogether, probably because they're so identical), which I have never seen in all of the comparisons I've looked at on this site. Both of these AVRs trounce my current AVR in their comparison, so I am fairly confident that either of them will be a significant upgrade, even if it's just Audyssey.
I feel as though I probably couldn't go wrong with either. The Marantz is a much better "deal" at $900 off of the retail vs. ~$425 off of the Denon. I could also just bide my time, and wait for the prices to drop a little more, but that small taste of the X4300H has had me itching.