Having recenly replaced my 6 month old Yamaha RXV773 with the Marantz SR5008, I just wanted to say how amazing the Marantz sounded. When I pushed the Yamaha to high volumes (in YPAO natural mind) the sound started to distort and just sounded really harsh, but the Marantz sounded unbelievably clean and warm and just would not distort! Even the subtle back ground noises, like wind, rain, even Bilbo writing in the book at the beginning of The Hobbit, the Marantz played these sounds back so much clearer, I could barely hear these on the Yamaha. The sound just seems so much more immersive! Wether this is due to it having the latest current feedback topology and HDAM that was only on last years top of the range Marantz, I dunno, but it just sounds amazing!! I was unbelievably impressed with the sound! I've been looking for a Receiver with a warm to sound to it because I'm quite the audiophile and the Marantz is definitely it!
One thing I noticed right away though, considering there is only 5 watts of power between the two, Yamaha 95wpc and Marantz 100wpc, the Marantz goes unbelievably louder and has so much more dynamic range. Clearly Yamaha are still being a little inaccurate about there figures. I should know, my first amp was a Yamaha rxv467 rated at 75wpc, but the real life figure driving 5 channels was actually closer to 25wpc! I'm not trying to slate Yamaha here, I've owned Yamaha products before that have sounded brilliant, but when it comes to Av Receivers, the Marantz wins hands down!
Also this is my first time using Audyssey for calibration and I have to say, its a massive improvement for me over YPAO. Wether this be based on my room, who knows, but the sound was fantastic. I also really enjoy using the Dynamic EQ and Volume (light setting) at lower volumes at night. The sound from the rears is normally completely lost at low volumes but these two features bring the rear channels back into play and those boosts to subtle noise and quiet voices at the front of the room sound brilliant!
Anyway I just wanted to say, anyone who is in the market for a new Receiver really need to test the new Marantz models! To me, they just sound the best I have heard!