Marantz 9200 upgraded to 9300 used or 8500 new?

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  1. GregoriusM

    GregoriusM Second Unit

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    Here's the deal.

    I'm looking at the Marantz 8500 for $1800 MSRP CAD.

    They also have a used 9200, that they would software upgraded to a 9300, that has a little over a year left of the 3 year warranty for $1950 CAD.

    Which would you choose?

    Thanks!

    Greg
     
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    9(2)300. It's a beast, and has features that the 8500 doesn't. The 8500 also has features the 9300 doesn't, like MRAC, but the Ultra2 amp section's additional power (140w) would be worth it IMO. I installed one of these for a friend (also a 9200 with all updates) not too long ago, and it is a very fine sounding receiver.
     
  3. GregoriusM

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    What features would I be missing from the 8500 if I go to the 9300?
     
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    As far as I can tell: DPL IIx - I don't know if that would be part of the update or not, but it wasn't on my friend's receiver (but you will have THX-EX for 7.1 processing of most things), MRAC, DVI switching, and I believe video upconversion (which was added on the 9300V).
     
  5. ChrisDixon

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    This would be an absolute no brainer for me. The 9200 is better across the board for build and sound quality, and that is ultimately my main criteria. If you don't absolutely need DVI switching, I'd go with the 9200.

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