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Marantz SR5300 vs Yamaha DSP-AX630

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by SteveG, Jan 15, 2003.

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  1. SteveG

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    Looking to upgrade my amp and I've narrowed it down to two. Any expert opinions or pros/cons of the Marantz SR5200 and Yamaha DSP-AX630?

    The Silent Cinema feature of the AX630 looks good, but this isn't enough to sway me yet.

    Thanks

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    Steve , I would go for the yamaha as it support DD EX and Neo 6 , the 5200 does not (does support DTS ES).

    or

    you could go for the 5300 which does support DD EX and neo 6

    also the marantz have a good reputation for being musical

    I love my 5200 but do wish I had the 5300 , I bought mine a year ago when the 5300 wasn't even out so I guess I shouldn't be too hard on myselfMY A\V RIG
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  3. SteveG

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    Ah, thanks - will take a look at the SR5300 then. Found it for £330 which is within my budget.

    The primary use of the amp will be for movies and Sky - I rarely play music Cds. Would this change your recommendation?

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    No not really, I just prefer Marantz .

    I would recommend you try them both out , maybe ring your local richer sounds store and book a time to come in and listen to both of them

    I notice you have the new centre M7C2, how much did you pay for it ?
     
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    that's a good price, a LOT less than I paid for mine. first class piece of kit. It also has a 'night' mode for digital sources which is the same sort of thing as the silent cinema thing on the Yammys.
     
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    Can't wait to try it out! Had the 73C before (with 733's and 73S) but just decided to start replacing it all.

    Still got the 73S rears but I had to get the builders in after I put them up on my newly decorated living room wall so I'm a bit scared to go near them (didn't take into account the mains cable that I drilled through). The M7DS's would be nice though.

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    Hi Steve,i just sold my SR5200 and got my shiny new SR5300 on monday.
    I loved my 5200 but can tell you the 5300 is an improvment in alot of ways.

    First it does DTS ES/DD EX,and does it very well,plus the dts neo modes,circle surround 2 etc.

    Also the menu displays everything on the front panel display,a major bonus IMO as before you had to hook up a lead from the amp to tv everytime you wanted to adjust anything.

    As for the sound,i found this to be more open and retrieved more detail then my 5200,was stunned at how many little details i could hear from movies or music that i didnt catch before.

    As for the delays and popping that plagued the 200 series,there is a slight dealy on menus etc,but chapter changes are down to 1/2 sec delay which is much better,but it seems strange that even these new versions have the green sticker on the back,indicatng they have been fixed for the uk! Why not just put the correct components in the amp in the first place?

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Seems like the 5300 is the way to go then, especially considering the minor price difference over the 5200 - thanks for the info Rick.
     
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    If you are mostly going to look at movies/satellite then I'd plump for the 630 ... even tho I own a 5200. I have a 50/50 split on music/movies and I wanted a musical receiver to go with my CD player. Listen to both.

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    Must admit that if it was me and 90-100% Cinema I would also go for the Yammy
     
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    DownToTheBone....

    Your right ,the 5200 is great,but you should hear the 5300 ,its better than the 200 for movies ,much more precision and detail,plus better steering.
    The musicality is an improvement too.
     
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    Decisions decisions..!!

    Just wired up the M7C2 - sounds amazing compared to the 73C..

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    SteveG, I'm afraid I am going to have to be a party pooper and agree with petrolhead on this one, especially if it is just for sky & movies.

    Firstly, I had a Yammy RXV 496 a cracking piece of kit. I thought, after about 18 months, it wasn't powerful/musical enough for me so managed to do a trade with ph for his Onkyo 575 - more powerful excellent with movies lacking in music, again, I thought.

    Just sold that to get a SR4300 supposedlymore musical. It is actually very good with movies but still not good enough, for me, with music so I have now decided to go down the path of separates for my music. I am also going back to a Yammy DSP AX630 for top quality movies and good music.

    Hope it helps

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    I highly recomend the AX630SE
     
  16. SteveG

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    Thanks for all the advice coming in. :)

    Obviously support for both Marantz and Yamaha but I must admit I've always been pretty happy with my Yamaha DSP-A592, so my initial instinct was to stick with them and go for the 630. My newsgroup searches weren't too encouraging though (something along the lines of comparing a Porche to a donkey - in Marantzs favour) so I though I'd ask the experts as it were.

    Possibly a daft question, but I haven't got a rear centre at the moment - does the SR5300 do phantom 6.1 like the 630?

    SteveG
     
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    Hi Steve

    Not sure what you mean by phantom mode on the 5200? it did matrix 6.1 if thats what you mean?
     
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    sorry buddy,misread what you said.
     
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    Porche to a donkey ... not sure how you came up with that comparison but rest assured to my ears that's not the case. I have listend to both and would say that the Marantz is a little more musical and that the Yamaha is better with movies but both do a fine job at both movies and music for the money you pay (well personally i wouldnt use either for music but i consider stereo far to important to leave it at the mercy of any intergrated av amp) but as with any av amp you shouldn't expect either to compete with similarly priced stereo amps in the sonics department.
     
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    excellent reply Nutty, just where I'm off myself.

    Separates here we come :D just got to get the funds :(

    7ThGuest :)
     
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    no one would expect an av receiver and a stereo amp both costing £400 to sound comparable for stereo listening, the receiver has a lot more in the way of technology inside so of course not as much will be spent on the amplification stage, plus stereo listening is an after though for the receiver not it's primary purpose.

    that said the 5300 is superbly musical for an av receiver with a rich, detailed sound. i was considering going seperate for stereo but won't be bothering now everything's in place, it sounds great.
     

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