TV - 32 inch Panasonic TV (will be replaced next year with hopefully a Plasma)
DVD - 7 disc DVD Changer (will be replaced next year after the TV)
Sub - Velodyne CHT 12 (had to match the size of the one in my car - Boston Pro-Series 12)
Center - Paradigm CC-370
Fronts - Paradigm Monitor 9's
Rears - Polk R40 (will be moving these to bedroom and replacing them with Monitor 9's or 7's as soon as I decide on a receiver)
Receiver - Yamaha HTR-5440
Cables/wires - Mainly Monster and replacing them out with MIT.
I'm looking at purchasing either the Integra DTR 7.3 (Approx $1300), Marantz SR8300 (Approx $1599), Marantz SR8200 (Approx $1499), or the Marantz SR 7300ose (Approx $1199). Please give me any feedback on what you have heard/read/or personal experience on these receivers and you recommendations.
Integra - I listened and liked.
Marantz - I listened and liked even more.
Nothing wrong with the Integra but I personally enjoyed the music coming from the Marantz more. To me it sounded more natural and smooth. Some people seem to think that an AVR can be good for HT or music not both. Well, from my expereience if it sounds good for music then it has sounded great for HT providing that the AVR has the necessary electronics for HT.
I bought the 7300 and have had a big grin since I bought it a month ago. The only real question you have to answer is how much you are willing to pay for THX post-processing. I didn't want to spend the extra coin as I bought a new centre channel.
A word of caution. Some people claim to hear a high frequency sound coming from the x300 series when its in HT mode - specifically the centre channel. So you might want to check that out for yourself. I had no problem.
Cheers and Good Listening
Panasonic DVD RP-56
Pioneer 100+1 CD Player
Pioneer Platter CD Player
Sony 36HS510 HDTV
Paradigm Monitor 9 (front)
Paradigm Titan (rear)
Mirage Omni CC (centre)cool!
Yamaha YST60 Sub (replacing when have funds)
Whilst not a techno buff I do like my movies and expect a lot from the system I buy in this area.
Mirantz was the better of a few I spent time trying out (spent most of my time surfing reviews before trying my short list). The ones I tried were the BOSE home theater system (I also looked at new speakers),
The Integra DTR 7.3 and Onkyo TX-NR900.
Bose was a dissapointment in all areas except style. The Integra was good but I preferred the Music from the Mirantz and the Onkyo.
Onkyo was for me the closest purchase comparison to the Mirantz. After much to toing and froing I went the Mirantz and have not looked back...though the Onkyo was good to!
Have you heard anything about the Monitor 9's being a design flaw. I believe I read either on here or on another message board that someone was told by a sales person the 9's were design flaws. I asking because I would like to replace my rear Polk R40s with Monitor 9's but if there is a design flaw I will go with 7's, my guess is the sales person was trying to get the customer to purchase the 11's instead.
Thanks again for everybody's comments