Help choosing a receiver (Pioneer, Marantz, Denon)

Mr645

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Need to upgrade a Pioneer VSX-32 to something that can pass 4k.

I am using external amplification so need pre outs for 7 channels. the front mains are bi-amped and I am actually running 5.1 speakers.

Anyway, the Pioneer LX-503 has the preouts as do similarly priced models from Marantz SR5012 and Denon X3400H. Just not sure if any of these have an advantage over any other. Or am I missing something by not looking at other brands. I chose these because a local retailer has them open box wit ha decent discount, all the same price.

I have been out of the home theater hardware market for a few years and a little confused about the latest audio formats and 4k video features. Thanks for any advice


Sony X800 BR player
Parasound 120x5 and 100x2 amps
86" LG 6300 series TV
Vandersteen speakers
 

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You might check to see if that seller had an open box Marantz AV7703. Since you're using all external amps anyway, you might as well at least check to see if they have a preamp instead of a receiver. If they have any, it should be cheaper than a SR5012.
 
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You might check to see if that seller had an open box Marantz AV7703. Since you're using all external amps anyway, you might as well at least check to see if they have a preamp instead of a receiver. If they have any, it should be cheaper than a SR5012.
Agree. Why pay for amps you'll never use. Your money will be better spent on a good quality pre/pro, perhaps even a used Marantz 7702 MKII if you can find anyone willing to part with theirs.
 
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I will look for a 7702 II or the 7703, but retail price is more. The receivers I am looking at are $599 open box. All three are regular price of $999 retail and $200 for the Black Friday sale.
 

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I will look for a 7702 II or the 7703, but retail price is more. The receivers I am looking at are $599 open box. All three are regular price of $999 retail and $200 for the Black Friday sale.
Just keep in mind that it's also a huge step up in quality and capability. The 7703/4 is more on par with a SR8012.
 

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