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Emotiva BasX A3 or Marantz MM7205? (2 Viewers)

Jamers88

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Upgrading my Home Theater hardware. Ordered the Onkyo RZ50 which is coming next week but and still trying to decide between the Emotiva BasX A3 and the Marantz MM7205 to power the Fronts (and maybe Center).

Here are some specs:

Emotiva BasX A3 ($499) 3-Channel
  • 140 watts RMS per channel @ 8 Ohms, 0.1% THD
  • SNR > 112 dB; ref rated power; (A-weighted)
  • Class A/B
Marantz MM7205 ($999) 2-Channel
  • 140 watts RMS per channel @ 8 Ohms, 0.08% THD
  • SNR 105 dB
  • Class A/B
Any opinions on whether the Marantz amp is better than the Emotiva amp? I don't mind paying more if I'm actually getting better quality and better sounds. It's worth noting that the Emotiva components are manufactured in China and the Marantz is made in Japan. Will be powering Polk Audio 8 Ohms speakers.

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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Personally I wouldn't consider Marantz for something as basic as a Class A/B power amp. You'll likely be paying a premium just for the name. You also haven't said anything about your speakers. That information could go a long way in making worthwhile recommendations.
 

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Yep. I’d easily go with the A3 for half the price.
 

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BasX A3 review
Sounds like the a3 would be a good match w/ warm full bodied speakers because of the level of clarity and separation, while a Marantz would sound better w/ very detailed and clear speakers, even thin or bright speakers.
 
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