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I just bought an Arcam avr400 for both music and HT if your budget permits I would highly recommend it, its also HDMI 1.4.
I'm using the analog from my Oppo to the receiver for two channel stereo/analog music and using 5.1 for HT.
The best sounding receiver I've ever heard.
before that I was using the Marantz sr5004 its great musically it sounds mellow and warm, also very good for HT. Had to upgrade because my new speakers are a little more demanding than my old ones.
Both of these are 7.1
Thanks for the inputs.
I've always thought Marantz made good gear and the recent reviews for the 5005 and 6005 sound very supportive.
I understand that Marantz and Denon are under the same corp and use some of the same components.
Any opinions on Marantz VS Denon VS Onkyo?
I keep reading reviews for Onkyo that many feel are near the top for sound and function.
Thanks Tesseract, I looked at the Marantz SR6005 and it does show Pre-out for using an external amp. I may decide to go this way as I would like to still use the ARC for my fronts and could use the Marantz for the rears and SW.
I assume that the ARC amp will power-up when I start the Marantz? since that function is done by the ARC Pre now. The Marantz manual shows to use RCA's from the Front Speaker Pre-outs and connect to the external amp which I also assume would be the Main In, where the Pre is now connected. I run my front speaker cables from the external ARC amp.