Marantz SR-7400, or Something Else for Pre-amp Use?
I have an opportunity to get a new Marantz SR-7400 receiver for use as a Pre/Pro, feeding a 5 channel Rotel power amp. The price I have been quoted is $799 all in from an authorized dealer.
My question to fellow discussion group members is if in the $1000 or less price range there are better options? Keep in mind that the Pre/Pro section of the receiver is my emphasis, as I most likely will never need the amp section (although I want decent quality amplification just in case the Rotel goes down and I need to use the receiver for amplification as a backup).
I currently am using a Denon-3300 Receiver as the pre-pro utilizing the component video switching capabilities for HDTV and DVDs. I also use a couple Optical Digital ins and a Coaxial Digital in as well. Speakers the system feeds are 5 Legacy Audio Studios, and an ACI Titan II subwoofer. The reason for the change is the Denon's video switching is dead. :-(
Finally, I like the Circle Surround feature of the Marantz, as ESPN HD uses that format for its programming... So while it is not a requirement, it would be preferable for any competitor to the Marantz to have it as well, unless everything else was clearly better for the same or less money...