The AVP has better EQ but the Marantz AV8801 might be the best option.
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Hard for me to say since I have never used the 7005. On
paper, I thought it had serious limitations on the day it was
released. However, I do see at least three advantages which
should have important impact on the sound:
1. The 7005 cannot do HD decoding and Audyssey EQ
simultaneously and the 8801 can.
2. The 7005 does only Audyssey MultEQ XT and the 8801 does
3. The 7005 will not accept DSD (from HDMI or USB) and the
I'd go with the Marantz if only for the new purchase warranty
and the likelihood of current updates.
Besides, whatever sonic differences there are among any of the
mentioned processors, they are truly minor compared to the
differences among speakers, rooms and configurations. It is
hard to go really wrong here if you get the features you want.