"great" onkyo a9555 vs marantz pm series integrate

Okay, so many seem to drool over the onkyo and many praise the marantz pm 7001 and similar models for being solid choices. My question is this. Has anyone heard both? Are there obvious sonic differences? What are they? Trying to get a solid integrated to mate with a pair of gallo reference 3's without going above my modest budget.
havent heard the onkyo...but I am familiar with the Marantz series...a nice, polite, if somewhat underwhelming sound...i much prefer the bigger, bolder presentation of NAD gear in this range...just my 2 cents...