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    37 Comments by motech Published on 09-23-2008 01:51 PM
    im for onkyo, love the pricepoint and the feature set . .
    706 and above ofcourse . . 232 etc . .

    i know most installers prefer integra . .
    but id rather sell a higher line onkyo for the same price . .

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    Marantz all the way for us.

    Discretes for everything, rs232, reliability, performance. Everything from $349 AVR to $7,000+ Reference series.
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    Marantz all the way for us.

    Discretes for everything, rs232, reliability, performance. Everything from $349 AVR to $7,000+ Reference series.
    interesting ,
    i am open minded . .
    whats their cheapest rcvr thats got 2 zone audio
    and analog to digital (composite / component up to hdmi) upconverting with rs232?

    for onky its the 706 (the 606 has most except for the 232)

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    Re: favorite receiver as an installer?

    Quote Originally Posted by motech
    interesting ,
    i am open minded . .
    whats their cheapest rcvr thats got 2 zone audio
    and analog to digital (composite / component up to hdmi) upconverting with rs232?

    for onky its the 706 (the 606 has most except for the 232)
    The SR5003 has all of these features at $800 retail I believe.

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    Re: favorite receiver as an installer?

    im also looking for volume osd on screen while using strictly HDMI in and out . .
    any opinions on this?

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    Re: favorite receiver as an installer?

    Quote Originally Posted by motech
    interesting ,
    i am open minded . .
    whats their cheapest rcvr thats got 2 zone audio
    and analog to digital (composite / component up to hdmi) upconverting with rs232?

    for onky its the 706 (the 606 has most except for the 232)
    Our base model is the SR5002 (now the 5003). The MSRP on that is $799 (was $749). Converts video up to HDMI.

    The next model down, the 4003 does s-video to component upconversion and (I believe) no 2nd zone audio.

    Overall, we love the line.
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    Re: favorite receiver as an installer?

    Quote Originally Posted by jimstolz76
    Marantz all the way for us.

    Discretes for everything, rs232, reliability, performance. Everything from $349 AVR to $7,000+ Reference series.
    We switched from Integra to Marantz. Sound quality in a side-by-side test in our office was the convincing factor. Then after a few months, Integra saw reduced volume and dumped us...

    As you get into the higher end Marantz units: 7002, 8002 and their Separates, the audio quality over Integra, Yamaha and Denon was much better sounding on music. On surround material, it was hard to discern a difference but the team here and 3 customers we brought in all favored the Marantz on 2-channel music sources. (ARQ with CD's ripped uncompressed and at 320K mp3 was used in the test)

    The now disco'd Integra DTR 10.5 is going to get replaced by the new Marantz 8003 separates in our demo theater room.

    I will tell you that previous to the xxx3 Marantz models, the OSD for setting up the receiver is horrible. They have improved it on the latest models.

    Integra did have two integration features we used that are lacking on Marantz:

    1- Direct input turn on. You can send an input command to an Integra and the receiver will turn ON to that input if it was off. Very cool - fast switching and easy programming.

    2- Intellivolume - you can set an integra to come on at a specified volume level. This is not as big a deal as #1 because the Marantz IR and RS-232 protocol lets you set the volume level directly with a command. We do this on our power down macro so it turns on at a pre-determined level.

    But in the end, we are providing a better experience for the clients with Marantz. Of course this is our opinion and yours may differ. Do a shootout and see for yourself!

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    Marantz all the way. I just got another 4002 for my secondary surround system and couldn't be happier.
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    Re: favorite receiver as an installer?

    Quote Originally Posted by motech
    im for onkyo, love the pricepoint and the feature set . .
    706 and above ofcourse . . 232 etc . .

    i know most installers prefer integra . .
    but id rather sell a higher line onkyo for the same price . .
    Integra is the higher line Onkyo.
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