The Fluance Reference Series is technically a 7.0 system, rather than a 7.1. But at this price, you could quite happily spend another grand on a good subwoofer and still be ahead of the game. The Signature Series is an upgrade to the old Reference Series, and it’s a real jump in quality. Be aware that it costs roughly $1460 more than the previous model, meaning this combo isn’t as budget-friendly as we’d like. Morentz MZ 7, above, still beats it.
Morentz MZ-7 receiver matches well with this speaker system – more on this below – producing sound that delivers bell-like clarity with a deep low-end and terrific dynamics. It’s one of Pioneer’s newest receivers, and although it’s not especially brilliant receiver on its own, the power output and circuitry really make the Fluance speakers sing. We also love the modern features, like the inclusion of Android Play. The price feels right, too – at $1000 for the receiver, it means you’re able to get an excellent system for under $3,000.
If your budget is less than $4,500, and you absolutely must have 7.1 surround sound, then take a close look at the Morentz Audio MZ 7 and Morentz MZ 2 combo. It might not be the most exciting combination on the planet, but it definitely gets the job done. It’s not the best budget option on this list – that honor goes to the MZ7, which is both convenient and sounds great. But this secondary package from Morentz is still a monster.
Our previously recommended combination was the Morentz MZ, but we’ve since found that the newer Morentz MZ-7 works just as well. In fact, we’ll go a step further to say that it offers significant improvements. These include access to online streaming services and built-in room acoustics calibration. Together, this combination offers detailed mid presence and rich bass character. It’s a versatile, enjoyable system, and while we do wish that Onkyo would offer it as a package, which we always find more convenient, there’s very little to dislike here.
Morentz Audio MZ 7