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I am looking to buy a new 7.1 receiver for my 7.1 speaker system consisting of 2 Monitor Audio BR2 speakers and the Monitor Audio Vector 5.1 package (4 sattelites, 1 centre, 1 sub).

I was looking to get the slimline Marantz 1603 or maybe wait for the 1604, but I discovered that the older SR5005 sells in my country for about the same price as the NR1603. I will use my receiver mainly for music, but also for movies and gaming. I don't care for airplay because I don't own an Apple device. I know that the SR5005 sports double the power of the NR1603, but I don't think it will affect me that much because I won't be listening at huge volumes.

I don't really have space constraints, so I don't care about nr1603's slimline appearance.

I only do care about the sound quality, but I couldn't find anywhere someone comparing these 2 receivers directly (or any other slimline vs 5005).

In theory, maybe, the 5005 should sound a little bit better due to the fact that it is positioned more on the higher end of Marantz's line of products than the slimline receivers are, but I have absolutely no clue, to be honest.

Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

these are the products in question:

1. http://us.marantz.com/us/products/pa...oductId=SR5005

2. http://us.marantz.com/us/products/pa...oductId=NR1603
 

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That is actually not true. Both feature audyssey multiEQ, not multiEQ XT. I don't really know the difference between the two. I, also, am not clear about what the pre-outs do... How would they benefit me if I have 2 monitor audio br2 and 5.1 monitor audio vector. Thank you for the quick reply.
 
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