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  1. #1
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    Jan 2016

    Onkyo 804 vs Marantz 7500

    I'm in the market for a new receiver for my home theater. I have 2 on my radar for sale used. i wanted to see if you guys can give me the pros an cons or just your vote on which is a better buy. im considering a Onkyo 804 for $220 or the Marantz 7500 for $250. Im currently running a Onkyo 601 so either of these would be a step up but want to make sure I make the better purchase if possible.

    my set up is a Epson 8500 HD projector with a 120" Carada screen, Onkyo 601 receiver, samsumg Blu ray, Polk Audio RTi series front towers, center, an bookshelf rears with Valendyne 12" powered sub.

    Any thoughts or feedback would be greatly appreciated so i dont miss out on what seems to be pretty good products an prices.

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    Nov 2006
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    I am a Marantz fan and like the more natural sound. Both are good receivers though
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Mar 2002
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    I also prefer the Marantz sound, BUT, for home theater I'd choose the one with the most up to date features. I also don't think Onkyo came on strong in HT receivers until the n05 series. They were alright but it was like when the n05 came out Onkyo was ahead of everyone and really became a leader in HT receivers. Today I think they've lost a bit of ground.

    Both of those are fairly old, I would look for one a bit more current.

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