Originally Posted by zieglj01
For most sources you can use HDMI
What sources do you have - what do you plan to play, and hook-up to your receiver?
perhaps this will help clarify what ideally I would like to be able to do...
I listen to a lot of music - however these days I find myself switching between itunes, streaming services such as spotify, rhapsody and google play is the newest service I am using. I find that the convenience factor is great, and I have no problems hooking this into the reciever on the fly through bluetooth, hdmi, or other connection based on the device it is stored on etc.
however - the sound quality differs from each and the settings of how the audio is playing from the receiver seem to need adjusting all the time to get a decent sound. even when running stereo with a 2.1 set up.
I was plugging in my blue ray (ps3) the other day and noticed it comes through the amp as multi channel audio (i think) and it reminded me of when i bought my infinity speakers years ago and someone was demoing a super audio system near by and tried to sell me on it. while it sounded good, i thought given the limited amount of material i could get my hands on at the time (and the cost) my two speaker set up would be best. and it was - half the time the two infinity alpha 50s and a sub for some scenarios was preferred by all over any 5.1, 7.1 type system that was out and didnt cost over 1200 dollars.
coming back around I am wondering if I want great audio sound what components and media format will i need to do so and i came across some threats on HD audio/multi channel audio. I understand in many cases great music can also be enjoyed in stereo sound on a 2.1 system and I would like to explore that as well.
I am not sure I am ready a true bi amp set up with external amps on the marantz - but I was thinking of looking into something like the marantz sr 5009 or simliar paired with a high quality CD or other player device that hookds into my receiver.
I want to know what people are doing these days with respect to the goals i have above
looking for suggestions on formats for high quality digital music - i listen to mostly older recordings like clapton, mark knopfler, stevie, and others so i guess classical isn't my focus - however i do love a good jazz track
Looking for suggestions on set up - right now i have a 3.1 or 2.1 or could go 2.0 depending on what folks think is best - i really only want the center channel for movies and football season coming up
in addition can someone provide some "novice type" advice to me on what type of a set up is normally used and if my current equipment is well suited or not?
happy to explain further what i am trying to accomplish and i apologize if it I am not posting the question correctly or clearly enough. I am new to the site and research online is sending me in circles - i would rather hear it from one of the pros.