Hi Im planning to buy one of these receivers. I can get the marantz 7400 for a good price, but is the marantz 7400 much better then the marantz 5400OSE? What would you do, buy the marantz 5400OSE and save some money or buy the marantz 7400 for a really good price. Do you notice any differents in the sound quality? I use wharfedale diamond 8.4 as front speakers.
The only way you are going to know that is by auditioning them yourself. I wouldn't even consider spending the $$$ on the 7400 until I heard it in the showroom. Both units that you mention will sound better than anything Best Buy or Circuit City will have to offer. I'm not sure where you are located at, but if you can I would find a place that carries Marantz just to go and listen.
Thx! But i've listened to the marantz 5400 OSE and sounded great! but they didn't have the marantz 7400 in the listening room. I live in holland and can get the marantz 5400 OSE for 500 euro and the marantz 7400 for 650 euro's. I've heard that the 5400 OSE sounds better then the 7400 do you know that??
Reviews say 5400 OSE is better. I dunno. It is second edition, there are some obvious changes in the components comparing to standard 5400. I'd buy 5400 OSE. You do nothing with 7+ systems. 5 is enough.
If I'm not mistaken, the 7400 has the input for SACD and DVD audio where the 5400 does not. I'm not really into these new formats as of yet. But its nice to know I can make that move if and when I so choose.
OSE - Original Special Edition. In other words, a tweaked up version. Marantz usually does one OSE with each year's new release. Last year it was the SR-7300. In Aus the SR-7300 OSE was about $600 more than the standard model - which I got. And it's great btw.
Marantz states that OSE is usually a model that's done the way they would prefer to do it if money was not an issue. It has bigger and better internal components and great sound. I would say the 5400OSE has the second best sound after NAD T743 in ~600 euro class.
illusion! I have listened to both of the receivers (5400/7400) very similar sound, the 7400 has more features beefier power supply, nicer remote! It depends on what you are after? The 5400 is a nice machine, and covers all the basics, and then some! Alvin
There is a big difference between the marantz 5400 and the 5400 OSE, OSE sounds much more musical then the 5400. The 5400 OSE sounds in stereo mode better then the 7400 imo. Because of that i chosed the marantz 5400 OSE. I dont need 7.1 machine or a remote control with display for 150 euro's more and it sounds lesser musical.
iLLusion, with what speakers did you listen to those Marantz's?
I have the wharfedales diamond 8.4 as front speakers. There are a wonderfull match imo. And as rear the diamond 8.1 and center diamond c. And the wharfedale diamond serie is cheap! But they give so good sound don't know how they did it for so low price.
oh sorry missunderstood. I listen to the marantz with some Jbl speakers but dont know what serie i thougt something like xt1000 They sounded great. But with my wharfedales also.
NO landroval! I am talking about the stock 5400! Thelocal Marantz dealer does not carry, nor does the North American Marantz full line A/V product catolog show the OSE version, which I have read is something special indeed! The folks in G.B/ Europe have some models available to you we do not have in the USA! The K/I signiture series is another one I can remember also! Alvin