SUp everybody. I just bought some speakers for my new upgrade-ing HT. They are the Image Series from PSB.
Front: 4T Center: 8C Surrounds: 1B
I'm planning on buying Marantz SR5500 or SR7400. I don't have much experience with either PSB or marantz but what do you guys think will be the best match for the PSB? I've heard alot of good reviews about the Marantz and I've auditioned the SR7500 and it sounded nice. But I'll go with any brand that will bring the best out of these speakers for around $600-$700. thanx.
I think you will be happy with Marantz. In the price range you have indicated I believe Marantz offers the best music performance and at least equal movie performance. The SR5500 offers alot of performance and features for the money. I use the SR5400 as a processor and to power my center and rears and am quite happy with it.
If you can get them at the same price by all means get the best (SR8400). If there is a significant difference in price then the SR5500 is more than up to the task of running those speakers. It should sound very good. Excellent speaker choice. Happy listening.
I have a Marantz 5400 and love it. In a couple of years I'll probably add a separate amp to it but right now it's awesome for music.
I agree with Arthur, get the highest model you can afford.
However you didn't mention if you have a sub; if you don't then I would go with the 5500 (I think hifi.com has it for $600 shipped) and put the savings into a good quality musical sub like a Hsu or SVS, $400-600. If you don't mind refurb you can also look at accessories4less.com they are a Marantz direct authorized refurb retailer.
ya, i've also heard the same thing (both being owned by the same parent company). but i've haven't too many good reviews on the NAD receivers nor have i auditoned them. Marantz receivers are the only ones i've auditioned because of the rave reviews on the musical performace. And the reason i chose Marantz is because all of the reviews on PSB say that they produce sound very accurately.
I'd like to explore the "Denon's are a bit bright" comment for a moment...is this true? I have a brand new 3805 sitting in my HT room right now, unopened, that I can't wait to hook up. It's going to replace an Onkyo that's outlived it's expected life (*a Circuit City in Detroit demo model I got for $200 in 2000)...great receiver, but I think I just need more clean power to run the HT system of Polk Audios all around. How "bright" is the Denon...what's the line on the sound of the 3805?
Denon is actually fairly neutral (for that level of product). The 3805 is more neutral than some of the lower models. When you get to the bottom of the Denon line they get just a bit bright but only if you are comparing them with a warm sounding product like Marantz.
NAD receivers - have owned a couple NAD receivers and now own NAD separates - have not had a problem in the 2 years - for music, I do not think they can be beat (for the price) - the power numbers are honest, measured with all channels dirven simotaneously - most companies are not that way...good luck
edster, i saw the marantz being sold on ubid also. the worst part is that i just got a SR4400 right before seeing it. you have any idea why that many SR8400s are on sale at ubid? they usually have big box stuff or plain crappy stuff. i wouldnt think marantz itself is doing it, but u do still get the full 3 year warranty from Marantz.
I just purchased an sr8400 on UBID for $501 shipped. I think I got a pretty good bang for my buck. I am wondering if I should buy new speakers to go with it. Right now I have 2 pairs of cerwin vega ls10's(front-left, front-right, rear-left, rear-right) and 2 ls-6c(front-center, back-center). I blew my sub(12in infinity) so I'm going to have to get a new one. These speakers worked well with my thx kenwood, but they're huge!!!...Any options. Movie use (80%) Music (20%).