well, ive had the Sr7002 for a month now, so thought i'd post a bit of an update, my last before i "retire" the 7002's amps in favour of those in the Elektra Theatron.
Features & Functionality:
i did realistically expect maybe one or two "bugs" to pop up, especially given all the new features the 7002 has (HDMI 1.3, new codecs etc) and the issues i had with my last AVR. this was also one
of the reasons i decided to go with a local model as opposed to an import. to my, well, suprise i guess, i dont as yet have anything to report - that is to say everything is working perfectly! hooray.
do i miss all the bells and whistles of my last AVR? nope, i honestly cant think of one right now that i wish it had.
Post run-in, I think i can say it has warmed up a bit more and the soudstage has opened up a tad further, but nothing markedly different (that i have noticed anyway). I liked the sound of this thing when i first heard it and im as fond of it now as i was back then.
ive been so impressed with the improvement in sound from the 7002, that ive actually started listening to my multi-channel SACD's/DVD-A's. previously, i had decided the multi-channel tracks werent for me, as i found the sound was flat and limp. i instead focussed on the stereo track, which i routed directly to my Musical Fidelity A3.5 stereo amp to great satisfaction. With the 7002 however, new life has been breathed into the multi-channel tracks and i am now enjoying them for the first time. the sound is full and crisp, with the nice wide soundstage that i really enjoy about the multi-channel tracks (the good ones of course). i should add that this is with my SACD's being fed by my PS3, which converts DSD to PCM for transport over HDMI.
call me a savage if you will, but it really does sound good. for SACD's such as Brothers in Arms and Dark Side of the Moon, i actually prefer it to the stereo track played via my SACD player
for CD's and also HT duties, no change - still impressed with it. decoding the audio tracks (from my XE1) in the AVR has been working perfectly and the sound is great. i was unsure initially about the impact of EQ functions (Audyssey) being disabled when bitstreaming HD codecs, but the sound quality has long since made me forget about that.
for quite some time ive heard marantz AVR's desribed as "more musical" and i can now say i really do see why and completely agree. its a solid notch up from my old Pioneer AVR and in fact any that i have had before.
next steps from here:
- addition of an Elektra power amp
- addition of a dedicated 2ch pre-amp
As happy as i am with the 7002 right now, im really looking forward to these upgrades and taking performance up to the next level! im sure you all know how it goes, once you find a satisfactory improvement, it only makes you want for more
oh when will it end?