Excellent Sound and Great Feature Set at a Price Everyone Can Afford
29 October 2013
Summary: I picked this receiver up about a year ago, lightly used on Craigslist for $400, which I think was a great deal. The receiver serves as the heart of my home theater, and I am very pleased with it. Setting up the receiver with the included Audyssey microphone was a snap, and calibrating it this way makes a huge difference. The level adjustments are nice, but the biggest difference, in my opinion, is the EQ applied.
Pros: Audyssey Setup, 7-channel amplifier, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA
Cons: Only 4 HDMI Inputs, Advanced Setup Can Be Confusing
Summary: I got this to replace an aging Pioneer VSX-416 with something more up-to-date. It is partnering a set of Wharfedale Obsidian 600 speakers, only three channels are being used and the other four are idling - for now. On the cards is the bi-amping setup for the front channels. I'm a stereophile who also needs to play games with surround sound occasionally.
Summary: Well, this was an experience and I believe still on going while I try to figure out all of the function this Receiver has to offer vs what I want to accomplish. Not nearly as intuitive as I hoped. Since Surround had been around for a while, shame on me because maybe I should have been more familiar with all the acronyms and terms. I'm pretty maechanically minded, logical, and I did graduate with a BS honors degree from Boston College back in 1977.
Summary: This receiver looks good, sounds good, and the price was right. The first time I listen to a receiver or amp I play straight 2 channel stereo, because music playback will give you a better feel on how good the receiver performs. The marantz sounds great there is a lot of depth in the music and a very warm sound. This is the best my speakers have sounded in the 8 years that I have owned them.
Summary: I got this receiver to replace a NAD T762. The NAD is a 6 * 100w surround sound amplifier that's delivered outstanding music performance but has been a total dud managing surround sound sources. The Marantz delivers not quite as good audio performance but weighed against this is an incredible versatility in managing different sources and speaker layouts, well polished performance (no clicks, bangs and other audio surprises) and a very simple setup using a sensor...
Summary: Used this to replace a much older but more expensive receiver. Very happy with it and the set up for the speakers are very easy. One problem is that it only has in and out for a VCR but it does not have a tape in or out. So I have to connect my tape record to the VCR and connect the VCR to the receiver. Tape recorders and VCR's are things of the past but I still have a lot of music in those formats that I still want to listen to.
Excerpt: Premetto che posseggo l'oggetto da poco tempo, circa tre settimane, e quindi la mia opinione e i miei suggerimenti sono relativi ad un cammino relativamente breve. Premetto anche che lo ho collocato in un ensemble già esistente, quindi il confronto che posso fare è a parità di casse, le quali sono relativamente modeste.
Pros: Elegante e semplice da installare
Cons: necessita di una certa attenzione nella scelta delle casse