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Marantz AV7703 vs 8802A (1 Viewer)

hv9200

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Hello,

I am considering either the 7703 or 8802A to replace my aging Yamaha RXA2040. I have read numerous threads on both these units and I am still undecided. Has anyone recently demo'd both of these units and can honestly advise if the 8802A is worth the extra 1K.

this would be used mainly for movies and although I have not installed ceiling speakers for atmos I will once I purchase a new pre-pro.

speakers are the Klispch THX Ultra II system. Amps are Sunfire 525x5, Parasound 200x2 and Emotiva 200x5 and a few m2200's, subs SVSx2. dedicated treated room.

I can find the 8802A refurbed from accesories 4 less and others for 2800.00 the 7703 for 1700.00

I typically dont post questions like this, but I am looking for assistance from those who have heard both and can advise what I am gaining or losing with the 8802A vs the 7703 (besides the Audessy app)

thanks all...
 

Dave Upton

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Hi Peter,

I actually reviewed the 8802A and when I returned it, opted to buy the 7703. I didn't feel like there was enough of a difference to justify the increased cost.
 

hv9200

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thats the way I am leaning...just wanted to get some real world opinions from those who owned or tried both...thanks!
 

hv9200

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Dave, what did the 7703 replace? I am looking ot see if its a significant improvement over my Yamaha unit.
 

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I owned a 7702 and then a 7702 MKII. I could not justify it either. The 7703 is basically a 7702MKII with a couple of new features, and sound wise its great IMO. AS far as vs yamaha audio wise, I think the consensus is XT32 is a better room EQ than YPAO.

That being said, if the new Yamaha preamp coming in Aug timeframe does dolby vision pass thru, I am swapping to yamaha.
 

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