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Most Reliable Brand? Denon/Onkyo/Yamaha/Marantz


Hi

I would like to buy av receiver which is most reliable? Should go for min 5 yrs without any problems

Can anyone tell me which is the most reliable brand out of these? I had Marantz PM7001 stereo amp for 3 years (under warranty) and I got only minor problem (kirkling sound when volume knob is turned) and that was rectified under warranty.
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Re: Most Reliable Brand? Denon/Onkyo/Yamaha/Marantz

I am using my Onkyo for around 5 years.But many has reported Yamaha to work upto 10yrs easily.
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Re: Most Reliable Brand? Denon/Onkyo/Yamaha/Marantz

Dont expect the latest BUDGET AVR's to work for longer time. The Older AVR's were built like a Tank. My friend is Using a Marantz AVR for nearly 10 years and it should weigh more then 20kgs. Now a days the transformers are so small and I doubt these can withstand the current fluctuation for a longer period of time. Also the Formats keep on changing and you are forced to upgrade in 3-4 years. Use proper Power conditioner , so that your system is protected from fluctuations. Also clean the amp regularly and cover the amp with a soft cloth when not in use.

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Re: Most Reliable Brand? Denon/Onkyo/Yamaha/Marantz

I agree with soundofmusic the new generation amps, especially the entry/mid level ones do not have the quality of years past.

If you were to ask me for my personal opinion where I have owned and/or operated these equipments the answer would be as follows -

1) Marantz (more expensive than the rest, but it shows, in general better sound when compared with equivalent models, but also more expensive, quality and service in general are high - it helps that I know a distributor personally!)
2) Yamaha (Never owned, but know friends who have older ones and they ARE indeed built link Tanks)
3) Onkyo/Denon (I have always felt Onkyo as flimsy and personally had bad experiences with Denon)
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Re: Most Reliable Brand? Denon/Onkyo/Yamaha/Marantz

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I had used Yamaha DIGITAL TOP ART RXV 800 then changed to Onkyo 898 then upgraded to Marantz SR 9600. In my opinion Marantz in overall performance was better than the earlier two brands. It was not getting heated up during long usages at high volumes. The menu structure in marantz was user friendly. The DSP in Yamaha was over coloured and some times felt very much artificial. ONkyo was fairly a better receiver compared to Yamaha. Only thing was the menu structure was requiring a little bit of expertise and knowhow. Hope this is helpful for you to have a fair idea on these three brands.

A point to mention is that I had used the same set of Speaker package with every two amps as the upgrade of the speakers was not in parallel with the amps. So the comparison was status co with regard to the other peripherals of the HT system.

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Re: Most Reliable Brand? Denon/Onkyo/Yamaha/Marantz

My onkyo comfortably entering it's 4th year and I am sure we need not ask anything more than 4+ yrs for the current gen AVRs. Let me see how good my new 609 will run
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Re: Most Reliable Brand? Denon/Onkyo/Yamaha/Marantz

When the question of Reliability and longevity arises.... all the mentioned brands are equally same.. !!!
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Re: Most Reliable Brand? Denon/Onkyo/Yamaha/Marantz

u can go for denon or onkyo. as they are highly regarded in the av reciver
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Re: Most Reliable Brand? Denon/Onkyo/Yamaha/Marantz

Actually nowadays all the av receivers are made in china and thats the reason I'm more concerned about.

And regarding Marantz, in their website it clearly shows "Marantz comes with 3 year warranty" and even mzaudiodistribution website it says the but when I checked with local dealer in chennai (Home Theater Solutions) he says Marantz comes with only 1 yr warranty. He says distributor has to give remaining 2 yrs warranty and this is not possible. I don't what to do about this
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Re: Most Reliable Brand? Denon/Onkyo/Yamaha/Marantz

Try searching for Denon 1507 amp. It is not a very old model but very good in build quality for a budget avr and sounds musical.

Yamaha DSP AX 763 is also a good model ( though I have not heard this one myself. )


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