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Using ARC or optical for 4k tv

Hi guys--I have an sr5006, which sounds great and is dialed in for my directv box, Apple TV, ps4 and Denon bluray player. My LG plasma just died, and I want to get a vizio 4k TV. I understand that the sr5006 does not pass 4k, so I want to be able to use the tv's Amazon, Netflix etc apps to get 4k programming. Right now, I have all inputs going into the marantz, and a single hdmi cable going to the dumb lg TV. It's all controlled by a harmony one (though the marantz is pretty finicky). The vizio are arc compatible as is the marantz from what I can see, though the crc seems to be fussy.

So: can anyone help me out with what I need to do to get sound from my tv when I use the built in apps? Now, Apple TV and ps4 handle those apps. I don't want to plug all inputs to the TV because what a nightmare and I will lose the lossless audio from my bluray.

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HDMI(ARC) can be more trouble than it's worth. Instead just connect an optical cable from the TV to the AVR and you'll be good to go.

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HDMI(ARC) can be more trouble than it's worth. Instead just connect an optical cable from the TV to the AVR and you'll be good to go.
JD, thanks. Then, I just set the harmony to look for optical in for activity like Netflix etc, right?
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JD, thanks. Then, I just set the harmony to look for optical in for activity like Netflix etc, right?
Yes, that is correct. Any TV smart app audio would pass from the optical out to the AVR. You'll likely also have to change the TV's audio to either "external speakers" or "home theater."

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Yes, that is correct. Any TV smart app audio would pass from the optical out to the AVR. You'll likely also have to change the TV's audio to either "external speakers" or "home theater."
Pulled the trigger on a Sony Xbr-65x-850b. I was told it will output DD 5.1 for the apps like Netflix. I'll use my marantz for lossless audio from bluray. Thanks for your help.
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As a follow up, I ran an optical cable from the Sony to the optical input, set up the input as TV, which now shows on the porthole as an option. I set up a harmony activity and it works great, except navigation is sluggish in the Sony. Waiting to hear from Logitech

Thanks for all the advice.
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Hey guys,

need your advice on SR5006 ... currently I have an old but good marantz 5300 driving my 5.1 setup of JM Labs Focal speakers in my HT room. The 5300 sounds great, but since it doesn't even do video switching I have run a separate HDMI switch for video and run optical cable for sound ... bit of a hassle, especially when the 5300 only takes 2 optical inputs so I'm limited in my connections. Yet, the 5300 sounds good, so I've put off my receiver upgrade for a long time.

Browsing the local store over the weekend, I saw the Sony STR-D1050 on sale, and I tried it and was quite impressed by the sound and features on it. Over my short listen at the store, I was quite impressed by the lossless audio compared to the same BD I watch at home. There does indeed seem to be more details.

That said, I've been a Marantz fan and checking some local forum, I see a good condition used SR5006 for sale. The 2 are similar in price (Sony on sale vs used SR5006 ... that's how expensive Marantz has become these days ... then again when I purchased the 5300 that was over 10 years ago)

So just wanted to have your feedback / review of the SR5006.

Specifically -

- Is the SR5006 a reliable unit? My 5300 was rocking for over 10 yrs and it's still running fine. Over the years I lost 1 rear speaker output and only in M-Stereo mode but otherwise it's same as day 1

- Is the Audyssey XT worth it? I see that as a main differentiator between the Sony and the Marantz. Sony's calibration system just does distance (latency) and volume correction. Audyssey XT is supposed to do 'room correction' based on frequency response from each speaker. Does it really work? Does a calibrated system sound better (at least for movies? I'll probably just run direct and turn everything off for music)

- Any quirk / annoyance / issues with the SR5006?

As a side note, I've always loved the marantz 5300 especially for its music quality and how warm and smooth it sounds ... that's why I am surprised when I tried the Sony 1050 and found that it sounds surprisingly good for its price too. Maybe a tad bright if you really turn up the volume but that's when only volume is too loud to a point it's uncomfortable.


Thanks in advance!
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Your question is interesting since I just bought that particular Sony a few months back to replace the exact same Marantz. The sound quality in my opinion is superior to the Marantz. The Sony also does 4K pass through for future proofing. I paired it with my 65" Sony XBR 4K set. I found the calibration to work quite well on the Sony. I highly recommend the Sony - large bang for the buck.
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Future proofed until HDCP 2.2 video is implemented in the newer 4k BDPs later this fall as the Sony has no HDCP 2.2 inputs which would require passing the 4k video to the TV and HD audio to the AVR just as would be the case with either the SR5006 or SR6006.

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I am having some issues with sound lately. My old setup consisted of a Harmon Kardon 5.1 (satellite speakers).
I upgraded to three Ascend Sierra 1's across the front (new sub coming next month) and have added an Emotiva XPA-5.
I reran Audyssey and now it seems as though I have to turn the volume up higher than I did with the satellites to have decent volume. I was thinking that adding the XPA and better speakers would result the other way around. I could have very well screwed up something, but wanted to see if anyone had any ideas.

I am using my SR6006 as a preamp with RCA outs to the XPA. Speakers connected to that.

I'll try and rerun Audyssey this week to see if that helps. Curious though if there is something I might be missing - I'm new to good equipment!

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Have you tried just using the amps in the SR6006 as it's unlikely the XPA-5 is providing any real benefit, however, after running Audyssey with the XPA-5, the speakers should still be calibrated to provide the same SPL at reference volume level.

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That was the next plan of action. I'll try it either tomorrow or later this week. Thanks for the help!
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Your question is interesting since I just bought that particular Sony a few months back to replace the exact same Marantz. The sound quality in my opinion is superior to the Marantz. The Sony also does 4K pass through for future proofing. I paired it with my 65" Sony XBR 4K set. I found the calibration to work quite well on the Sony. I highly recommend the Sony - large bang for the buck.
I've talked to a lot of Sony STR-D1050 users and I have heard nothing but high praises - best bang for the buck, great sound, easily the best receiver under $1k etc etc ... I think what I'll do is I'll pickup the Sony (since I can refund it) and try it with my speakers at home. If it sounds good then I'll just keep it. If not I can always get the used Marantz SR5006 and refund the Sony.

BTW you also replaced a Marantz 5300 with the Sony D1050 eh? As an audio amplifier I absolutely love the sound of the 5300 so can't wait to hear how the D1050 or the SR5006 compares.
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