least bright sounding

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  1. Evan A

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    Kenwood, Marantz, or Onkyo. Which one is the least bright sounding.
    I know I should listen for my self but it is next to impossible to get em all on the same speaker setup for fun time.
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  2. AaronNWilson

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    I say marantz, but I've never heard a marantz so i'm just going on what I've heard from this forum. Come to think of it ive never heard an Onkyo described as bright and i've never even seen the sound of a Kenwood described.
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    I have a Marantz SR19 and Onkyo 787
    find neither bright can,t say for
    the Kenwood don,t think I ever
    heard a Kenwood.
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    Evan,
    It will largely depend on your speakers, their setup and your room.
    All good receivers are designed to have a flat frequency response and they largely adhere to it.
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  5. Eugene Hsieh

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    I have compared Marantz, Onkyo, and Yamaha all in the same store. They sounded the same to me. (You didn't provide model numbers, and neither will I. [​IMG]) Not all had the exact same speaker, but all were tested at least once with Paradigm speakers from the Monitor line.
    I own a Kenwood. It sounds similar, but I didn't do a direct comparison. I do have Paradigm Monitor 7 speakers though.
    ALL of them will sound too bright with some speakers and some material. ALL of them will sound less bright other speakers and different material. (I confirmed this with two receivers against about 10 different speaker pairs in the store.)
    I'm with John-D.
    Hence, I don't think one can avoid the brightness in some setups unless one gets a receiver that can attenuate the "bright" frequencies or gets speakers known to be less bright than average. Fortunately, this is a well-known issue amongst the receiver makers, and many do have re-equalization settings to compensate, to be used specifically for movies.
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    I have a Marantz SR6200, 4 Paradigm Titans and a CC-170, and I don't think it sounds overly bright at all.
    A friend of mine has an SR-19EX with Monitor 3s, and it does sound a bit bright, but that may just be his settings. I'll have to go listen to it again.
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    John D is quite correct. provided all receivers were level matched and making the fairly reasonable assumption that tone controls in all cases were set to their '0' point, there'd be no difference in 'brightness'.
     
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    I always leave my settings at home flat.
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