Originally Posted by rh500
First post here / occasional lurker -
Been looking into getting a DHC-80.3 for HT and perhaps some limited music listening.
Its to replace a Marantz AV8003.
Seems like most/all the bugs have been worked out (bi-amping in particular).
I've tried to read through all the posts, but... WOW huge thread! read at least the first half and skimmed the remainder.
I'm adding a Rec Room on my home which is approx 22x40 half is a billiard area/wet bar, other half a causal HT area. Seating about 12' back from TV. 12' celing, with 18' vaulted over billiard table. One wall, opposing the TV is glass folding doors. HW floors. so acoustics are going to stink I am pretty sure. Oh yeah, under HT area, is a basement with concrete floor beneath Hardwood.
I can't really describe myself as an "audiophile" but I do appreciate good music and sound quality. Not really any big showrooms where I live without a lengthy drive.
A couple of years ago I re-designed a built-in wall cabinet containing the HT equipment in a DIFFERENT room in my home which is best described as a "great room" onto which all rooms open into more or less. 22' ceilings, loft approx 40x40, horrible acoustics, and no great mounting points for even a 5.1 setup. Bought some HT speakers (Paradigm Signature S8, C8, ADT2) for 5.1 with DT Trinity SW. Running on a Marantz AV/MM 8003 set. Mitsu 73" DLP. Have been fairly happy, though underwhelmed with overall sound results, which I blame mostly on the room itself.
Am planning to move most of this equipment to the new rec room area, and put in more modest equipment in its place due to poor acoustics. Also adding in-ceiling surrounds on on wall surrounds so I can do 9.1 (9.1=7.1 w/front height spks?)
In order to manage this, I am considering the DHC-80.3 which can do 9.1 (AV8003 cannot), and can also do HDMI1.4a which AV8003 cannot, and the workaround is not very friendly on my existing setup. New TV going in is a laservue 75". Also picked up a used 3 ch Adcom 5503 amp on ebay (no balanced inputs).
so onto my couple of questions.
Q1 I am planning to bi-amp the front speakers. Any suggestions on which amp channels to use for this? Marantz amp is 8x140W, Adcom in 3x200W. was initially thinking using the Adcom for the L/R/C channels, but for the bi-amp portion of the L&R should I setup the Adcom's for the LF or HF part (unless folks think I should run the Adcom for the surrounds instead).
Q2 an early poster reported some issues with Laservue TV. I hadn't seen any other comments about that and was wondering if anyone has used a Laservue with this PrePro?
Q3 I am planning to use a PS3 for BD playback and digital file streaming from a connected DLNA media server (Synology). Is it recommended that PS3 do the audio decoding? My AV8003 could not do both decoding and Audessey EQ functions at same time. I have heard the Integra does not suffer this limitation. Also upscaling. I think PS3 does this, and has been previously recommended that Integra would be better for video upscaling.
Q4 Any other bugs I missed reading about in skimming the last half of this thread? Saw some post about a Starwars 6.1 DTS-MA bitstream bug but saw no responses.