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Marantz NR1607 $499 at Amazon

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https://www.amazon.com/Marantz-Ch...B01EHWFCRM

Normally $699 at Best Buy, Amazon... see camelcamelcamel

7.2 channel slim-design A/V Receiver with 50W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz~20 kHz, 0.08% THD)
• 3D and 4K Ultra HD/60Hz full rate pass-through with HDR, BT.2020, 4:4:4 Pure Color support; 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front) and 1 output with full HCDP 2.2 support. 4K Up-scaling
• Built-in Bluetooth(R) and Wi-Fi. Streaming Content; Airplay, vTuner Internet Radio, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify Connect, DLNA. DSD, FLAC, ALAC, and AIFF High Resolution Audio Streaming
• Dolby Atmos (up to 5.1.2), DTS:X ready (via firmware update). Odyssey MultEQ with Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
• Free Remote App for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire. Eco Mode

Width: 17-5/16"
Height 4-1/8" *SLIM*
Depth 14-13/16"
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Power isn't everything, but 50w per channel?! That's really underpowered IMO.

Even if you can't get on one of those Fry's Denon deals, Amazon has the AVR-X2300W for $499 shipped, which is 95W per channel.

https://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-...enon+2300w
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worth noting that I would generally expect a Marantz to offer better current and a more "honest" wattage rating than other brands. Note sure about these slim form factor models though.

It also offers Front pre outs. Offloading the power to drive your fronts goes a long way.

You mostly get one of these for the features and the form factor.
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Power isn't everything, but 50w per channel?! That's really underpowered IMO.

Even if you can't get on one of those Fry's Denon deals, Amazon has the AVR-X2300W for $499 shipped, which is 95W per channel.

https://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-...enon+2300w [amazon.com]
Not really. 50 real, clean, watts can usually push ear hurting levels of volume. That Denon you linked claims 95w per channel, but if you look at the back, the power is rated at 500w. Assuming 95% efficiency, and all 7 channels driven, you're looking at 68 watts per channel. you need to double the power for a 3db gain in volume. so 50 watts vs 68 watts is negligible.
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Seems like general price drop
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...k_a_v.html
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Not really. 50 real, clean, watts can usually push ear hurting levels of volume. That Denon you linked claims 95w per channel, but if you look at the back, the power is rated at 500w. Assuming 95% efficiency, and all 7 channels driven, you're looking at 68 watts per channel. you need to double the power for a 3db gain in volume. so 50 watts vs 68 watts is negligible.
That could beg the question: Does the Marantz actually have 7 discrete amps to guarantee 50wpc, or are they also basing that value on a total wattage rating? If it's discrete channels, then that could be significantly worse for surround listening, since surround channels typically don't use much power, freeing up more for L/R/C and likely you'll get near 95w to those channels with the Denon, unless the surround channels are blasting music. The Marantz would be dedicating power to channels which are seldom used for continuous high level output.

If the Marantz doesn't have discrete amps, then the 50w to 95w comparison should stand.

I think a decent way to judge a receiver or amp's real power output capabilities is to look at its weight. In this case we have 18.7lbs (Marantz) vs. 25.5lbs (Denon). That's a lot of mass difference for power output to be approximately the same.
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That could beg the question: Does the Marantz actually have 7 discrete amps to guarantee 50wpc, or are they also basing that value on a total wattage rating? If it's discrete channels, then that could be significantly worse for surround listening, since surround channels typically don't use much power, freeing up more for L/R/C and likely you'll get near 95w to those channels with the Denon, unless the surround channels are blasting music. The Marantz would be dedicating power to channels which are seldom used for continuous high level output.

If the Marantz doesn't have discrete amps, then the 50w to 95w comparison should stand.

I think a decent way to judge a receiver or amp's real power output capabilities is to look at its weight. In this case we have 18.7lbs (Marantz) vs. 25.5lbs (Denon). That's a lot of mass difference for power output to be approximately the same.
I agree with your 'weight theory'. This is the main reason I'm waiting for the Yamaha A1060 to come back on sale. 32lbs is nothing to sneeze at.
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The Marantz is a smaller unit. I run one of the previous models. Important to note, it has preamp outs for the front channels. I run mine with a separate amp for the front two channels and I don't have a problem with my sunfires (reasonably sensitive) used as surrounds and center being driven to ear splitting levels.
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the advantage of this unit is it is slim

on the actual product (i have owned one), it says 100w, not sure what that is referring to. none the less, i was worried about the 50w in the specs since many other receivers i have owned are 100w+. i drove massive speakers that take up to 250w perfectly. did not even take the volume half way to get loud enough for good music/movie volume.

also you can bi amp the fronts if you want

the MAIN reason to get this is if you need a slim unit. it is a high quality full featured unit, but if you do not need a slim unit you have other options with the feature set that are less expensive.
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Better than three Yamaha amplifiers I owned before. Love the AirPlay feature for iPhone and iPad, very compact
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