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I'm posting this here because I think of this as more the home theater forum than the video forum per se.
Won't bore you with a lot of details, but up to now I've maintained a very nice two-channel system in a dedicated listening room and a modest home theater set-up in a spare bedroom. The need to downsize has me looking at basically starting over with a system that serves both music and movies with equal aplomb. My main question here is: which receiver or pre/pro does a decent job with classical music? I've narrowed my search to Yamaha, Marantz, and NAD. I have a friend who puts great stock in the DSP music modes in his Yamaha. There seems to be a broad consensus that NAD tends to accommodate music-loving sensibilities, but I've not had a chance to audition them. As for Marantz, I've owned the brand over the years and the prices on last year's models are very appealing.
FWIW, such things as networking and apps for smart devices are unimportant to me.
One final question: I've narrowed down my choice of primary source component to either the Oppo 105 or the Marantz UD7007. Any input on that?
Thanks for thoughts and opinions!
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If it were me, I would seek out a NOS B&K Reference 70 preamp unless you need all the new bells and whistles. No pre/pro I've ever heard does a better job on two channel music than the B&K Reference 30/50/70 did. I own a 30 and a 50 and if I come across a 70 I'll probably buy one of those too. 4K video be damned. I'll get a switcher. And I've never even used 7.1. 5.1 is more than enough.
Of the three you mentioned I like the Marantz best.
Music is the key because IMO most A/V pre/pros do an excellent job of reproducing movie soundtracks but very few do justice to two channel music. Yes, one brand may do a marginally better job of one or another of the many facets of HT audio than the other, but generally they are all going to do a very good job. Until you get to music.
So when you are auditioning, I would advise you to spend more time on music listening.
I heard a few Oppo 105's and liked the sound and picture so much I had Dan Wright mod one for me. Amazing. Highly recommend the Oppo stock or with mods.
I just got a Cambridge Audio CX200 AVR and the sound quality for two channel is exceptional - much better than the Marantz it replaced (and I like Marantz a lot).
If I wanted to go to a single system that could do HT and 2-channel music I could live with the Cambridge easy.
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