Thanks for the unbiased and experienced suggestion. It would have to be at a discount, though…something not easy to find in Australia…
Is there anything about the 8805 that is on the verge of obsolete? (It seems to have been around for some time). No USB input, where do I connect my PC? A quick look at the specs and I do like to see all those 3D audio options it supports like Auro 3D and height virtualization…
I recently got an Apple TV 4K, but can’t use its capabilities yet (old AVR). I just need to decide on the right update!
I would say the most dated thing on the Marantz is the display and user interface. Anthem have a slicker and clearer interface with full web page based configuration as an option. Arcam/JBL have a full colour screen with web interface options and again make the Marantz look old in this respect.
Feature wise they all have advantages and disadvantages. Marantz is only 13.2 channels but it does 13.2 for DTS as well. Anthem can do 9.2.6 with Dolby but are limited to 7.2.4 for DTS and no Auro support. Anthem/JBL do a max of 16 speakers (eg. 7.5.4 or 9.3.4 or 9.1.6) and are also limited to 7.x.4 for DTS. Marantz offer more flexibility in the speaker setup like offering VOG or CH only and rear centre support but these are all unusual configs. Monoprice and Arcam/JBL are the only ones with a full working Roon endpoint right now. The major advantage Marantz offers is it is 100% stable, the others are more like 98% stable.