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So I've narrowed down my choices for a new AVR for my home theater/music system... choosing these for the combination of features (audyssey, etc) and price point.


I'm not sure which way to go... I understand these receivers are almost the same, however people mention that they think the Marantz sounds 'warmer' (understanding that's a generalization and my speaks influence that).


I do have another question... will it make a difference stepping up to Audyssey MultEQ-XT over the next line down that has Audyssey MultEQ (as that's the primary reason I went up a model).


Any known current issues? (I've looked in the 'official' threads... unfortunately they're far too long to really spend enough time to dig this up)


Thank you in advance!!!
 

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I switched from a Denon 3311Ci to a Marantz 6006 and couldn't be happier . I had problems with the Denon, sent it in for service 5 times, and they never resolved the problem. They refuse to admit there is a problem with the unit even though you can clearly see it in the video below.



I jumped up to the 6006 from the 5006 because it has the DSX feature which works with the surround wides (or heights) which I have installed. The enveloping sound is incredible; it makes your room feel like a huge theater.
 

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Thanks for the reply -


1. I'm looking at a 3312, not the 3311. Does the 3312 have that same problem, or has it been resolved.

2. Whats the DSX feature on the Marantz? Does the Denon 3312 have that feature as well?


Thank you!
 

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The poster AJF is in the minority and simply had a defective AVR which could not be repaired, and as you noted he's got last year's model not the 3312CI so his post doesn't really apply to you. The DSX feature is also available on the 3312CI as it is on the 6006. Both models will be comparable so choose the one that offers the features/inputs/outputs you want and is the lowest cost.
 

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I think I'm just stuck wondering how much truth, if any, there is to the statements I see stating that the Marantz sounds warmer (which I tend to like).
 

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The poster AJF is in the minority and simply had a defective AVR which could not be repaired, and as you noted he's got last year's model not the 3312CI so his post doesn't really apply to you. The DSX feature is also available on the 3312CI as it is on the 6006. Both models will be comparable so choose the one that offers the features/inputs/outputs you want and is the lowest cost.

Do you have something against minorities? JK. I've owned countless electronics over the years and some have had problems, but it is how the company deals with those problems that speaks volumes.


The OP is asking about a Denon product vs a Marantz product which I think I can speak to having owned both. Different model, same company. I'm sorry but I will continue to relate my Denon experience whenever I think it's germane to the thread.
 

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True, but you don't know how Marantz would've handled a similar problem (or do you?). I've had Denon's before and had no issues with them, nor have I found any info on the net indicating the current models exhibit any known significant problems.
 

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I'm not arguing for or against, just trying to be unbiased. I can see people's biases (face it, we all have them to some degree or other!)
 

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Yes .. I suppose that is your prerogative .. but it really is getting old.

Sorry but it's still very fresh in my memory as I look at this $1,000 paperweight sitting in my utility closet. I've seen ranting on these forums and I'm not even close.
 

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Woody I'm sorry if you or others feel that my post has taken your thread Off Topic, but I think how a company handles a warranty problem is very much On Topic when deciding which to buy.


Now I said my piece (and will continue to do so) but I'll remove myself from this thread so that JD and others can help you in your decision . I will say that compared to the 3311, the Marantz seemed to have more dynamic headroom, and I liked the GUI and menus more but I'm not sure if they have changed on the 3312. Also, some people complain about the small "porthole" display, but I haven't had any problems with it as you do most on the adjustments on-screen.
 

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Woody I'm sorry if you or others feel that my post has taken your thread Off Topic, but I think how a company handles a warranty problem is very much On Topic when deciding which to buy.


Now I said my piece (and will continue to do so) but I'll remove myself from this thread so that JD and others can help you in your decision . I will say that compared to the 3311, the Marantz seemed to have more dynamic headroom, and I liked the GUI and menus more but I'm not sure if they have changed on the 3312. Also, some people complain about the small "porthole" display, but I haven't had any problems with it as you do most on the adjustments on-screen.


I never said it was off topic. It is valuable information. What I did say is that I don't know how Marantz would've handled a similar issue. Thank you for passing along your observation, any info I can get will help me make my decision!
 

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These two were on my final list of three receivers (ended up with a Yamaha because I got a great deal). I would have gone with the Marantz for two reasons--MCH analogue input and better looking. Otherwise it's a toss-up. YMMV.
 
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