I have a couple questions, especially to jdsmoothie
, as follows:
I got a Denon 1713 for less than 2 weeks now, and pretty happy with it. My TV is a new Samsung 7100 series with HDMI2 marked as ARC, so that I let the receiver (I think) takes control of HDMI.
When watching TV OTA with a simple bowtie antenna, the audio comes from the TV, or more correctly from the OTA Dolby Digital. I can watch TV with the Denon 1713 OFF. However, when I press TV Audio button on the remote, it automatically turned ON the receiver, then I hear the wonderful Dolby Digital sound from my 5 speakers (no Sub).
Before you wonder how this has to do with this Marantz thread, here is the situation. Yesterday I picked up a 1603 from FS for 3 reasons: (i) it rarely went on sales, and (ii) my other "nice to have" need is the 2.1 pre-outs offered by the Marantz, and (iii) I still have the time to evaluate both, before returning one to FS (and that is a luxury in my book). This is something I never knew before, otherwise I would have picked up the 1403 over the 1713 (for a while anyway).
I set up the 1603, at first there was no audio or something I am not sure. Then I decided to update the firmware, and it took 30 minutes as warned, then it worked. The 1603 sounds very sweet with my -not very efficient tower speakers Paradigm 11seMk3, without using the pre-outs for FL & FR. With the external amp to drive the power hungry speakers, the audio quality and power satisfy my needs that I intend to keep the 1603, return the 1713
That said, there is a couple things I don't understand, first with the TV Audio button from the Marantz setup. When I watch OTA HDTV (yes, uncompressed and impressive) with the Marantz off, pressing the TV Audio button does not automatically turn the receiver ON. I have to turn On the receiver, then Dolby Digital comes up with ARC enabled.
What do you think I missed in the Marantz setup that may have prevented this auto turn ON? I am used to, or spoiled by the Denon "easy going" manner, kind of miss it now
Secondly, the HDMI connections between the Blu-ray (perhaps of an older Samsung model bought in 2011?), many times it seems to me there is no connection at all. I checked the cable (1.4a w/ Ethernet), unplugged then plugged back, some time it did not work right away, until after a few tries. Do you guys have any HDMI issues with the 1603, any suggestions?
I may want to exchange the 1603 for another one to see if this problem persists, as I really want to keep it. Meanwhile knowledge from this forum is kindly requested.