A friend of mine has five KEF LS50's and an SVS SB2000 5.1 system, with Analysis Plus Oval 9 cables. Everything has been used for about 6 months now, so well 'worn in'.
He is now demo'ing both an Anthem MRX 710 and Pioneer SC-LX88 receiver at his place. Both receivers have had their room correction software run.
The Anthem sounds detailed but sounds quite harsh compared to the Pioneer for all types of music. Just wanted to know if anyone else found that about the Anthem?
We are a bit suprised and confused because of all the praise the Anthem has for musicality and being the best sounding AVR and closest to separates for music etc etc.
The Pioneer is smoother but is still detailed and much easier to listen to music at all volumes and for much longer duration too.
We tried music with room correction on, and then off. But in all cases, the Pioneer was the preferred.
So he is leaning towards getting the Pioneer. In fact, I am considering getting this exact same system also now that I've heard it.
But still curious to hear what others think. Especially if you've heard both the AVRs mentioned.