Rank receivers on bright/warm scale

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  1. JasonWaddington

    JasonWaddington Stunt Coordinator

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    Could someone rank the top receiver makers (ie Denon, HK, Yamaha, Kenwood, etc...) on a scale of bright - warm, starting with the warmest? I have a yamaha with my klipsch right now and I think the brightness is too much. I have heard yamahas are bright from some people. Give me some input heeya!

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    From my experience:

    Brightest
    1. Onkyo-Integra 7.1 - way too bright
    2. Yamaha 596
    - a little too bright for music, very good for movies
    3. Marantz 8200 - best for music, very good for movies
    4. Denon 3802
    - too warm for me - a little dull sounding IMHO
    Warmest
     
  3. JasonWaddington

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    yea, ive been thinking about the denon 2802. i heard its much warmer than the yamaha htr5560 i have and would be a better match for my klipsch rf-3ii's
     
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    perhaps, but i love the klipsch sound, clarity, efficiency and volume capabilities. i just want a receiver that can reduce the brightness slightly.
     
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    ok then....
     
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    Jason,
    I have found Marantz to be an excellent match for my Klipsch RF3II'S. Tones down the brightness just enough.
     
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    of course, there's always the thought the room might play a not too subtle role in the speaker's tendencies.
     
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    Bright and warm are not opposites. You cannot have a single continuum scale from "bright" to "warm."
     
  11. JasonWaddington

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    from what i can tell bright and warm are pretty polarized.
     
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    True, but you can't argue that each receiver seems to output the higher frequencies at a different level. IMHO, The Onkyo emphasised the highs too much, the Yamaha emphasised the highs just a tad (but had the most natural voices), the Marantz was brought out the midrange more and tamed the high frequencies just enough, the Denon had tight bass and a good midrange, but the highs were a bit muffled IMO.

    Taming room reflections can always help with overly bright sound, but its not always possible. Sometimes moving to a new receiver is a better (and sometimes only) option.
     
  13. Phil Mays

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    For what it's worth. I heard some Klipsch RF-7's on a Yammy receiver for quite some time. When the HI-FI shop sold the Yammy they replaced it with a Dennon 4802. The speakers did not move, but I felt they sounded much brighter than before. The Yammy was their flagship model and I do not know what model that is.
     

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