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Old 03-05-2012, 03:50 PM
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well, since modern electronics don't "break-in"*, it's not that...

"users", otoh, who have been proven to have horrible auditory memory, as well as being subject to bias, and so on.... well....

* they either "break" or "work"....

That would make one think...all things being equal...that the person would just for some "odd" reason think their newer unit sounded better

Though ...quite frankly...I am not certain I have ever heard a poor sounding $1500 avr compared to other $1500 avrs

Different sounding..yes

Different feature set..yes

But do I think there is anything but a minimal difference in sound quality at the same price point

Not really


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I have been in this hobby long enough to know if I can see or hear a difference not if it requires many repeated demo's and strain to think I might hear or see a difference it was money that should have been spent on other gear better speakers,sub or room treatments at least something that you notice immediately.
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pardon my ignorance but i have often heard of breakin speaker cable in. If indeed that is a feasible theory, wouldnt it also apply to the electrical wiring in any component? just curious as my specialty is in oil and not electronics

I'm not an electrical engineer but I would agree with Chris - modern electronics that use solid state chips either work or they don't. I would imagine that old tube amplifiers and the like would probably "break in" - chips don't.
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Glad this conversation got started. I had been toying with the idea of upgrading to some higher priced interconnects and wire. Sounds like the blue jean stuff will be just fine. Of course ill have to upgrade my aperions regardless
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Out of curiosity how do you have the mic positioned it will have an effect on it.

The mike is on a tripod on the floor in front of the couch. Directly in front of the center speaker. The mains (PSB Goldi's) are about 4 feet either side of the center channel. Interestingly the front highs check out OK.
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Glad this conversation got started. I had been toying with the idea of upgrading to some higher priced interconnects and wire. Sounds like the blue jean stuff will be just fine. Of course ill have to upgrade my aperions regardless

yup... you'll be good to go...

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Speakers break in. Wires do not. At least not at any audible level... And break-in is not that noticeable for most speakers. I read all that time about needing hundreds or thousands of hours for equipment to break in; by that time the user has adjusted to the sound of the system and has been sufficiently broken in himself...

I read once about a tube needing 2k+ hours to break in, and pointed out the rated lifetime of that particular tube was about 3k hours, sooo....

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New owner of an SC-57, got it instead of the SC-55 because I have a large SACD collection and plan to use the Oppo BDP-95 7.1 analog outs with the SC-57 MULTI CH IN (8 analog inputs). That is set up and it works well. However, today I started setting up my Harmony remote and hit a wall - I can get direct select for Blu-ray, DVR, CD, DVD, iPod, Sirius, many other inputs; but not for MULTI CH IN - that I can only select with the left side knob on the SC-57. I can also select it using the iPad control App. The remote that came with the SC-57 has buttons for discrete selection of all these other inputs, but when it comes to analog in, the manual says to select "RECEIVER" (a button), then use the keys with clockwise/counterclockwise arrows to find your way to the right input. Reminds me of an old Sony I had 20 years ago, where you had to cycle through the inputs. Anyone solved this (other than using the BDP-93 and forgetting analog in altogether)?

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New owner of an SC-57, got it instead of the SC-55 because I have a large SACD collection and plan to use the Oppo BDP-95 7.1 analog outs with the SC-57 MULTI CH IN (8 analog inputs). That is set up and it works well. However, today I started setting up my Harmony remote and hit a wall - I can get direct select for Blu-ray, DVR, CD, DVD, iPod, Sirius, many other inputs; but not for MULTI CH IN - that I can only select with the left side knob on the SC-57. I can also select it using the iPad control App. The remote that came with the SC-57 has buttons for discrete selection of all these other inputs, but when it comes to analog in, the manual says to select "RECEIVER" (a button), then use the keys with clockwise/counterclockwise arrows to find your way to the right input. Reminds me of an old Sony I had 20 years ago, where you had to cycle through the inputs. Anyone solved this (other than using the BDP-93 and forgetting analog in altogether)?

Not sure if this helps but...There's an excel spreadsheet you can download from the SC-57 website with all the discrete IP codes. There you will find a discrete IP code to select MULT CH IN as a parameter for the Input Change Function. I can easily add that code into a button on my iRule remote and do what you are asking, but I'm just not sure what the capabilities are of your Harmony remote.
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wow, that was quite a read. a lot of good info.

i demo'd the 55 at my local dealer today and really liked it. i'm upgrading from a Denon 2807. looking for a nine channel networking AVR and i don't think i want to go all the way to Denon's 4xxx series.

one question, does MCACC do sub equalization??......

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one question, does MCACC do sub equalization??......

No. Audessey xt32 does. Look at the Denon 4311 if you're interested.
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No. Audessey xt32 does. Look at the Denon 4311 if you're interested.

Or buy an Antimode or SMS-1....if you otherwise want the 55.

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Not sure if this helps but...There's an excel spreadsheet you can download from the SC-57 website with all the discrete IP codes. There you will find a discrete IP code to select MULT CH IN as a parameter for the Input Change Function. I can easily add that code into a button on my iRule remote and do what you are asking, but I'm just not sure what the capabilities are of your Harmony remote.

I'm using an iPad with the Pioneer software, so looks like I should investigate iRule and that Excel spreadsheet! Thanks!

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No. Audessey xt32 does. Look at the Denon 4311 if you're interested.

i know, i was kidding. it was only discussed for about 30 pages

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anyone done an A-B comparison of a 4311 and SC55 ? I'm demoing a 55 tomorrow - but have no opportunity to demo a 4311 before buying - the 4311 is about $300 cheaper

also I'm guessing a SC55 is a better bet than an ex-dem SC35 ? (considering the SC35 had the lower spec DACs etc) - just the ex-dem SC35 (which I'm also demoing) is about $550 cheaper

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anyone done an A-B comparison of a 4311 and SC55 ? I'm demoing a 55 tomorrow - but have no opportunity to demo a 4311 before buying - the 4311 is about $300 cheaper

also I'm guessing a SC55 is a better bet than an ex-dem SC35 ? (considering the SC35 had the lower spec DACs etc) - just the ex-dem SC35 (which I'm also demoing) is about $550 cheaper

cheers

Mark, there are many former Elite owners who have purchased a 4311 over the past few months and Chris seems to have started the trend. I can say the difference in XT32 and MCAAC is HUGE. Except for a better iPAD app there are many things that the Denon does better. First and foremost they provide updates for their equipment - AirPlay being a recent example. I have had my 4311 for 4 weeks and continue to be impressed. Please note I am a SC-07 owner, have not sold my Elite, don't intend to, but it has been moved out of my main theatre room - for good. I think many would agree that for the $ the 4311 is the best receiver in its class right now. You need to consider joining us.

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anyone done an A-B comparison of a 4311 and SC55 ? I'm demoing a 55 tomorrow - but have no opportunity to demo a 4311 before buying - the 4311 is about $300 cheaper

also I'm guessing a SC55 is a better bet than an ex-dem SC35 ? (considering the SC35 had the lower spec DACs etc) - just the ex-dem SC35 (which I'm also demoing) is about $550 cheaper

cheers

I can't speak to the 35, but I had a 27 and then upgraded to the 57. The 37 had the same amps and DAC as the 27 AFAIK (and the main difference between the the x5 and x7 series is THX certification and I want to say analog outs with the newer release, so outside of that the basic components impacting sound are the same, aside from those of you that use the Precision Distance added to the 57).

In my experience the 57 has slightly better imagery on HT surround than the 27, and possibly a more refined (accurate and less in your face at higher volume) presentation of music, but it's very subtle. That may be due to the default DAC setting in the 57 being different than the 27, but you can A/B the DAC to see what you like. Adjusting for that, you wouldn't know the difference unless you looked for it. The main differences between the 35/7 and 55/7 series are the HDMI processing with the Marvell Qdeo chip, assignable amps, Airplay related features, and the iControl capability.

As to smurray's comment: even though I'm moving from Elite to the 4311 myself because I like the idea of what XT32+Pro can do, if you care enough about bass EQ to buy a standalone unit to augment the SC, I think it's a philsophical matter of whether you like what MCACC or XT32 gives you, with the right attention to detail for the different issues involved (MCACC can tweak, you need Pro to do the same degree of curve tweaking on XT32, for one thing). You certainly won't go wrong with a 55 or 7 otherwise if you understand that the approaches are different to begin with.

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I can't speak to the 35, but I had a 27 and then upgraded to the 57. The 37 had the same amps and DAC as the 27 AFAIK (and the main difference between the the x5 and x7 series is THX certification and I want to say analog outs with the newer release, so outside of that the basic components impacting sound are the same, aside from those of you that use the Precision Distance added to the 57).

In my experience the 57 has slightly better imagery on HT surround than the 27, and possibly a more refined (accurate and less in your face at higher volume) presentation of music, but it's very subtle. That may be due to the default DAC setting in the 57 being different than the 27, but you can A/B the DAC to see what you like. Adjusting for that, you wouldn't know the difference unless you looked for it. The main differences between the 35/7 and 55/7 series are the HDMI processing with the Marvell Qdeo chip, assignable amps, Airplay related features, and the iControl capability.

As to smurray's comment: even though I'm moving from Elite to the 4311 myself because I like the idea of what XT32+Pro can do, if you care enough about bass EQ to buy a standalone unit to augment the SC, I think it's a philsophical matter of whether you like what MCACC or XT32 gives you, with the right attention to detail for the different issues involved (MCACC can tweak, you need Pro to do the same degree of curve tweaking on XT32, for one thing). You certainly won't go wrong with a 55 or 7 otherwise if you understand that the approaches are different to begin with.


thanks for the replies I love the possibilities of XT32 - but I'm a long time Pioneer fan - so also tempted with a SC55 The Pioneer attracts me with its decent DACs (I don't care about 32 bit but its nice the Pioneer uses dedicated 2 channel DACs), nice D3 power amp stage.

the Denon obviously attracts me with XT32, I'm just slightly off-put why they went from nice 2 channel BB 1791 DACs in the 4310 and went to using 2 8 channel DACs. Also I've only seen one review which shows 5 channels driven, and none 7 channels driven.

tough decision.

its nice to see the SC55 is so similar (excluding the remote and precision distance) than the SC57
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anyone done an A-B comparison of a 4311 and SC55 ? I'm demoing a 55 tomorrow - but have no opportunity to demo a 4311 before buying - the 4311 is about $300 cheaper

also I'm guessing a SC55 is a better bet than an ex-dem SC35 ? (considering the SC35 had the lower spec DACs etc) - just the ex-dem SC35 (which I'm also demoing) is about $550 cheaper

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you found a 4311 $300 cheaper than an SC-55? wow, i'm finding the opposite, and a bigger gap.

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thanks for the replies I love the possibilities of XT32 - but I'm a long time Pioneer fan - so also tempted with a SC55 The Pioneer attracts me with its decent DACs (I don't care about 32 bit but its nice the Pioneer uses dedicated 2 channel DACs), nice D3 power amp stage.

the Denon obviously attracts me with XT32, I'm just slightly off-put why they went from nice 2 channel BB 1791 DACs in the 4310 and went to using 2 8 channel DACs. Also I've only seen one review which shows 5 channels driven, and none 7 channels driven.

tough decision.

its nice to see the SC55 is so similar (excluding the remote and precision distance) than the SC57

If SQ is your issue, they're the same. I went with the 57 at the time because Magnolia didn't have the 55 yet (not to mention I bought the unit that they were putting on display when I walked in, and got a $200 discount due to their extra 10 minutes of labor)

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thanks for the replies I love the possibilities of XT32 - but I'm a long time Pioneer fan - so also tempted with a SC55 The Pioneer attracts me with its decent DACs (I don't care about 32 bit but its nice the Pioneer uses dedicated 2 channel DACs), nice D3 power amp stage.

the Denon obviously attracts me with XT32, I'm just slightly off-put why they went from nice 2 channel BB 1791 DACs in the 4310 and went to using 2 8 channel DACs. Also I've only seen one review which shows 5 channels driven, and none 7 channels driven.

tough decision.

its nice to see the SC55 is so similar (excluding the remote and precision distance) than the SC57

Zeven channel driven test of the Denon 4311 is 62 watts. (See www.audiovision.de and then the test-archive section). it will be enough but nothing to writed home about. Don't get caught up in the avsforum XT32 (4311) hype. Some reviewers favour MCACC as do i. The 4311 isn't, imo, build like a 'flagship' tank. Don't disregard 32 bit dac's. No content for it is what people say, but the sound in the Pioneer is upsampeled, just like a 12 bit deepcolor videochip resamples color information that results in smoother color rendering, for example. Personally i find the Denon sounds like someone has put a towel over the speaker and the Pioneer as if someone has removed it. I did demo'd the two. The D3 amps sound highly dynamic and smooth. Have wisdom with your purchase.
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Zeven channel driven test of the Denon 4311 is 62 watts. (See www.audiovision.de and then the test-archive section). it will be enough but nothing to writed home about. Don't get caught up in the avsforum XT32 (4311) hype. Some reviewers favour MCACC as do i. The 4311 isn't, imo, build like a 'flagship' tank. Don't disregard 32 bit dac's. No content for it is what people say, but the sound in the Pioneer is upsampeled, just like a 12 bit deepcolor videochip resamples color information that results in smoother color rendering, for example. Personally i find the Denon sounds like someone has put a towel over the speaker and the Pioneer as if someone has removed it. I did demo'd the two. The D3 amps sound highly dynamic and smooth. Have wisdom with your purchase.

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well I had a 2 1/2 hour demo switching between a SC55 and a SC35 today ...

I tried the SC35 first - thought it sounded rather good - if a bit smooth and warm (but powerful). Switched over to the SC55 and immediately it seemed to drive the large speakers (2 channel demo only this was so that I could switch between the 2 amps quickly) better, more bass, but what was more immediately apparent was how much more open the SC55 was - like a cover had been removed.

that said - at times the sound didn't sound quite coherent - hard to describe really.

switched back to the SC35 - and the difference wasn't quite as accute as before, it sounded good,powerful, but still reasonably "warm" - definately less bright than the SC55.

switched back to the SC55 again - and still sounded more open - perhaps less powerful - but definately more hifi than the SC35

overall I preferred the SC55 - it reminded me more of the sound I got from my previous 59TXi and Arcam AVR350.

that said the SC35 is $500 cheaper as on clearance

I think I still prefer the SC55 - but its definately a different sound

one thing -I'd definately disagree with any review that stated the new D3 amps sound "dark" - definately sounded brighter than the ICE amps of the SC35 to me.

note all EQ was off, all sound processing like Standing wave, Hi-bit etc - all off, and was driving full range speakers without a sub

tough decision now - even harder since i'm getting a demo of an Anthem tomorrow

then theres the 4311 to consider (which I'll struggle to get a demo of)

oh and the clerance SC27 I found

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All class D amps require an output (low-pass) filter, and that is a very problematic thing to put at the output of a power amp. IIRC, that was one of the issues the Pioneer guy said they had with the ICE amps. If the newer amps use a different output filter it coiuld change the sound when driving a speaker. That would be speaker-dependent, however, though as a genreal rule if the filter is better that should translate to better control of whatever is on the output terminals. Won't matter to a load resistor, though.

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This may sound like a stupid question, but I just bought the SC-57 and it is my first higher end A/V receiver and I've never bi-amped before. Can I still bi-amp even if I'm using an external amp? Thanks.
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I am not sure the peramp outputs allow bi-amping, but you can only do passive bi-amping with an AVR so I would not waste my time. With an external amp, you would want an active crossover and the extra amp channels, and of course must be able to bypass your speaker's crossovers and be able to choose frequencies and such as good or better than the manufacturer.

Bi-amping would be at the bottom of my priority list...

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Thanks don.
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