Marantz sr7300 Vs sr5400

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  1. BarOr

    BarOr Stunt Coordinator

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    In your opinion is it worth spending 120$ more on CERTIFIED (would somebody tell me what that means?) Marantz sr7300 (at accessories4less.com - by the way is it a safe site?) rather on Marantz sr5400
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    I have bought from AC4L and I have not been disappointed yet. I haven't bought a receiver from them, but I recommended them to a friend who picked up a refurb 4200 from them and he is very happy with it.

    Have you decided on speakers? I think you should do that before settling on a receiver. IMO, I generally say go with the most power you can afford, which would mean the 7300 in this case, but if you are going to drive less demanding speakers, you may not need the extra ~20wpc. How big is your room?
     
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    The size of my room is about 15.6x22.8 foot (7.6x5.2 meters)
     
  4. Milt

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    I bought a Marantz 8000 from AC4less 2 years ago, haven't had a problem, 2 months ago I got a 7300ose. I recommend getting the best reciever quality wise you can from them, even if it means streching your budget. When I was looking at speakers a few weeks ago, I listened to a Marantz 7400 and 8400 driving the speakers, the 7400 got quite warm the 8400 stayed cool. My 8000 and 7300ose stay cool as well.
     
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    Hi Milt,

    Were you able to draw any conclusions about the sound quality comparisons between the units you mention? I'm interested in the 8400 and how it compares to the 7300ose and older 8000. Was the 7400 able to compete?
     
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    Chris,
    The 7400 will sound better than every model below it except the 7300ose. The 7300ose is in the same class as the 8400, the 8000 doesn't have all the different modes, pl2, cs2, neo6, etc. but it does have better shielding with the copper bottom/chassis, and it uses better quality parts, and has the gold plated connectors. And the 7300ose, 8000,8300,9300 are made in Japan. The 7400 and 8400 are made in China, though the 8400 has the gold plated connectors and copper bottom, iut doesn't have the THX anymore. Between the 7400 and 8400 I would get the 8400.
     
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    Some people like them to run warm, and some people believe that translates to better sound. Some of the newer Marantz units may have left the factory with the 'idler current' (that's what my dealer told me it was) set to high. I bought an SR5400 that was running scalding hot, I took it in, they made a quick adjustment, and now it still gets warm, but not so hot I can't touch it. My audio cabinet doesn't have the best circulation either. Anyway, just my 2 cents.
     
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    When you guys say the receiver runs hot, how long does it take to get hot?? I have the 6400 and have not noticed any problems. However, I think I will be trading up to the 7400 since it isnt a huge cost difference. Thanks
     
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    My 5400 was getting hot fast, I put a thermometer in there and after about 30-45 min it was over 150 degrees. I couldn't hold my hand on the top of the unit. It now gets warm, but I can hold my hand on there no problem. I told the salesman about how I had it in a cabinet and he said that shouldn't make it get that hot, I've got a good 5-6 inches clearance above it, plus the back of the cabinet is somewhat open behind the unit. Anyway, I'd say if you've been running it for a while and you can hold your hand on the top, you are fine. The big advantage of the 7400 I think would be the assignable compenent inputs (besides the upconversion). I was hoping to use the component video ins on the 5400, but since they are not assignable I don't want to lose the one remote, anyway, point is the assignable video would be nice........
     
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    The reciever that I said was running warm was a 7400 with a pair of thiel cs1.6, 4ohm speakers that may have preferred more power. My 7300ose and 8000 don't run warm though I am now using 8ohm Von Schweikert lcr15 with both.
     
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    AC4Less now has a few of the 7300ose for anyone looking at a 7400
     
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    Milt, the warm I'm talking about is because of the idler current being too high (that's what the store told me). He compared it to the rev of your car when it is idling. For what I'm talking about you could have the volume completely turned down, regardless of the speaker, and it still got hot. Anyway, It may have only been an issue on the 5400's.
     

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