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Mara vs Yammy for HiFi and/or HC

ditton15

Standard Member
From reading other threads I am not the only one facing this choice. Do we have to wait on the mags to do this, or are there any face-off tests to report that would help.

I offer the following as decision framework, using £15 steps on the lowest online prices I could find for these 6.1, ProLogic II AV amp/receivers:

.£... (RRP)
400 (550) Yammy730
383 (530) Mara6300
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:.....Interesting to note that £350 is what I paid in 1993 for YamahaRVX660 ProLogic 2x65W + 3x 25W
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337 (...) Mara5300
325 (460) Yammy630
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295 (390) Yammy630 amp only (DSPAX630SE)
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267 (370) Yammy530 5.1 only, phantom rear centre

Personally, I would like the best of worlds for the least cash. :D

But I am prepared to listen to reason, especially to opinion that has listened. ;)

Ditton
 

joshua_bond

Novice Member
Diiton,

If you have cable, or sky or a very good radio reception then IMHO there is no need to consider YAM RVX630 (the 630se) is that same as the RVX model but without the Tuner and comes in black. Have a look at the Yam website for comparison between the 730 and 630. I think the difference is a nifty LCD remote. Which may or may control all your devices (e.g DVD player etc).

Looking at the threads..Yam for films and Mar for music. But it's your tastes. My opinon is the 630se 'cos it has slightly more features and upgradability like B-drive speaker, component connections (if that important 2 u).
 

GoldFish

Standard Member
Get the Yamaha RXV730.... excellent amp for HC and well above average for two channel stereo sound.... and it also takes phono for the old vinyls :D

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Tejpal

Guest
Sound wise, I like the Marantz 6300 better. Get a demo of them, they have quite different sound. I have to say, that marantz is abit more musical and laid back, but thats a quality that I look for.... but you maybe different.....
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
Go and listen, and make your own mind up!

Don't rely on other people!
 

ditton15

Standard Member
joshua_bond, you make a good point about the AX630SE as I do have TeleWest Cable for radio, but that's only a £35 saving (price of something, I admit).

GoldFish, you are not alone in liking the Yam730, but that is quite some price hike (£100) from the AX630SE for a phono and a fancier remote. I have old vinyls but was thinking of a £40 pre-amp. Mind you, if that remote is that much better ...


Tejpal, I have to give the Marantz an even break and go listen & compare.

Kaledii, those prices on the Marantz m/cs were found at www.QED-uk.com

Thanks for the input.

No substitute for making up my own mind, of course. :p

Ditton
 

GoldFish

Standard Member
Sonically there is no difference between the 630 and 730. The only differences that the 730 has in addition to the 630 are:
On screen display
Phono input
Ability to adjust sound field parameters such as room size, live ness
Better remote with LCD
Aluminium front as opposed to plastic (I had not noticed this until it was pointed out to me after I had placed my order for the 730)

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