Denon vs. Onkyo vs. Marantz vs. Kenwood

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  1. David Dutton

    David Dutton Auditioning

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    I need help with a receiver for multi-room Audio/Video.
    I believe all of the following will do multi-room A/V
    Denon 3802
    Onkyo 898
    Kenwood 5080
    Marantz 7200
    I will be running:
    B&W 604 S2 Main
    B&W LCR6 S2 Center
    B&W 601 Rear
    ?? Sub
    The second zone will be on the deck. Any advice would be much appreciated.
    David
     
  2. ChrisAG

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    I have a reservation/question about multi-room video:
    I believe all the above receivers only output composite video for the 2nd room. Does this mean that if your sources are S-video, you will not get a video signal for the 2nd room? Maybe the Onkyo with its video conversion can get around this, but I don't think the others can.
    Aside from that issue, it comes down to personal preference regarding specific brand features and how the unit sounds to you. The Marantz had some early QC problems (see the lengthly thread on this) but they have likely been sorted out by now.
     
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    Yamaha rxv2200?
     
  4. David Dutton

    David Dutton Auditioning

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    My Mitsubishi 65819, B&W 604's, B&W601, and B&W LCR 6 will arrive on Tuesday. I am still deciding on the above listed receivers. Any thoughts or help would be appreciated.
    Regards,
    David
     
  5. JerryW

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    Well, of the receivers you mentioned (this is IMHO), I'd go in this order considering the spks you mentioned (I find them to be a bit warm sounding).
    1. Onkyo 898 - Awesome remote, neutral (if just a little bright) sound, great flexibility, and primo build quality.
    2. Denon 3802 - Good remote, warm sound (maybe a little too warm to match with B&W, IMO), flexible, and great build quality.
    3. The Marantz or Kenwood would tie here... In fact I'd consider a Pioneer Elite (VSX-36TX) or Yamaha over either of them.
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    John-J Auditioning

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    Hi David,
    Multi-zone was a primary issue for me recently when receiver shopping. Decided on the 3802 because it will require some serious work to get my room configured for rear surrounds - in the meanwhile I can use the 2 internal amps for the multi-zone (speakers on 2 decks, garage, office and workout room managed via a Niles switch box). Once I get re-configured I will use an outboard amp but with the 3802 I could defer that until later. The only downside of the Denon is having to manage the multi-zone volume via the remote. On the Integra 7.1 I was comparing it with, you could do it via the front panel. Deciding factors were the sound of the Denon in my room (very subjective), DTS 6.1 discrete and to a lesser extent DPL2. What I'm surprised about is how much I'm using DPL2 to listen to TV. Overall I am very, very happy with the 3802. Good luck deciding - you'll love the multi-zone.
     
  7. Sean Conklin

    Sean Conklin Screenwriter

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    I'll vote for the Kenwood, the RF remote is awesome and will work anywhere in the house, not to mention the sovereigns sound and look very sweet!
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    I highly recommend the Onkyo unit. I think their build quality is top-notch, and you can't beat the remote. By the way, excellent choice of speakers! I'm a big fan of the B&Ws.
     
  9. Sean Conklin

    Sean Conklin Screenwriter

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    Does the Onkyo 898 have an RF remote?
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    I have a reciever which is pretty equivalent to the Sovereign, the VR-4090. It's VERY nice. Clear, not bright.
     
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    Chris Campbell said
     
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    check onkyo's website for info on it. Many comparisons have been made between it and the one that comes with the outlaw 1050.
    I prefer kenwood remotes.
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  13. David Dutton

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    I have decided to purchase the Kenwood 5080. I found a good price and really like added features.
    Thank you very much for the input. I will post a review at a latter date.
    Thanks again.
    David
     
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    David, Congratulations!!!
    And thanks for letting us know!!!!
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