No one can end the argument for you. You're the one who has to listen to it. Put both receivers next to each other, listen to them and pick the one that sounds best.
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Better in this case is very subjective. Only you can
decide which sounds better.
With that said, the Luxman R-115 is a wonderful stereo
receiver with a top notch tuner on board and plenty of
neutral/warmish and detailed ooomph to mate with many a
If the question was the R-117 vs the 7175PE, the R-117
would most likely get the nod every time. As a matter of
Luxman R-117 is often considered the finest stereo
receiver produced after the receiver wars of the 70's.
It has legendary status.
The R-115(70w/ch) is built to the same standards as the
R-117(160w/ch) but with less power. It also
"could" be considered the 2nd best receiver of
I have plenty of experience with NAD gear but the 7175PE
is one piece I have never heard.