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jdsmoothie's Avatar jdsmoothie 01:40 PM 03-23-2014
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Only volume control is applied to the EXT IN inputs. Also note that most Oppo members that have posted comparing the two inputs, have posted of better audio quality using HDMI/Audyssey over multi analog.

anoutsos's Avatar anoutsos 01:47 PM 03-23-2014
Thanks JD,

Just to be clear. Do these posts report a better audio quality of the Audyssey compared to Oppo's analog outs for movies or in general? I thought that Oppo's analog stage is significantly better than the AV7701's. Is that true only for stereo playback?

--Aris.
Selden Ball's Avatar Selden Ball 04:37 PM 03-23-2014
The quality of the sound you hear is dominated by speakers and room acoustics. Electronics are a distant third.

While the Oppos have higher quality DAC circuits, the DACs in the 7701 are good enough that their distortion levels are not audible. Less audible distortion is still inaudible and doesn't change what you actually can hear. This is the case for most AV equipment in this price range. Too often it seems that people are mislead by "expectation bias" or "placebo effects". Just knowing that you're using higher quality equipment has a strong emotional effect on what you hear, so it can enhance the entertainment value of your experience, whether or not it's objectively measurable.

The audio improvements usually heard when Audyssey is properly calibrated are far greater than the differences between DACs. If you haven't already done so, please take the time to read through the Audyssey 101/FAQ at http://www.avsforum.com/t/795421/official-audyssey-thread-faq-in-post-51779/51750#post_21782993
The instructions in the 7701's owner's manual are woefully inadequate. For example, using a $20 boom microphone usually provides a significant improvement in Audyssey's calibration.

Of course, if you can invest the time and effort in appropriate speaker selection, adjustments and room treatments, the need for Audyssey can be minimized. In many cases, though, absorbers and diffusers are unacceptable to other members of the household. Silk-screened artwork on absorbers sometimes can improve their appearance sufficiently.
DutchOven88's Avatar DutchOven88 04:44 AM 03-26-2014
Don't update your firmware that was just released. It killed my siriusxm in that I can log in but it illustrates an error when attempting to access a channel (any channel) once selected in the menu. It throws a track not found error and boots back to the main menu.

Anybody else having this issue?
DutchOven88's Avatar DutchOven88 04:50 AM 03-26-2014
Tripod fixed it, also not having anybody else in the room corrected the muting issue...ahemmm chatter boxes
SudzyBob's Avatar SudzyBob 05:23 PM 03-26-2014
It downloaded an I have had no issues, perhaps your download was corrupted by something. Calibrated requires a dead quiet room, I have small fridge at the bar in my room and the almost inaudible noise its makes caused problems during calibration.
jdsmoothie's Avatar jdsmoothie 05:28 PM 03-26-2014
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My full size frig is in an adjacent but open room in the kitchen and causes a HUGE 30db peak at 60Hz which always gets unplugged now when I run Audyssey.
DutchOven88's Avatar DutchOven88 05:57 PM 03-26-2014
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My full size frig is in an adjacent but open room in the kitchen and causes a HUGE 30db peak at 60Hz which always gets unplugged now when I run Audyssey.

That's really kind of impressive...

Fixed the Sirius with a soft reset via power cable and it came back all working. Also thereafter accessed the xm from zone 1 as opposed to zone 2 and somewhere in that mix it corrects itself and I can once again access the mx as I've configured it for zone 2
ralflott's Avatar ralflott 03:42 PM 03-31-2014

Did the siriusxm problem occur immediately after your firmware update, or did it work for a while, then quit?

 

Glad a soft reset fixed the problem.  It hasn't yet worked for me but I'll try it again.

 

Thx.


neils's Avatar neils 07:19 PM 04-01-2014
My apologies if this has been asked before, hoping someone here with this unit can answer. I am about to upgrade from an Onkyo prepro to this unit. I would like to use it as a matrix switcher as well, with the Main HDMI feeding my HT display in the basement as well as Zone 1 in part of the house and then use the Zone 2 HDMI to feed the other part of the house. My intentions are to use a couple of those HDMI over Cat5 splitters, which takes an HDMI input, which then feeds a local display via HDMI as well as 4 outputs over Cat5 to remote receivers.

My question, seeing that the Main zone is doing double duty, for both HT (basement) and Zone 1 (house), how does the volume work with HDMI. I would need to either leave volume at 0 or Mute, in order not to have sound play in my HT room, but I need to have audio on the HDMI feed that will distribute to other TVs. I am hoping that muting the main volume won't mute the audio on the HDMI output, and instead only mute the preamp outputs.

I already have a component matrix switcher, but want to tidy up my wiring and use a single source switcher.

Thanks
Neil
jdsmoothie's Avatar jdsmoothie 07:50 PM 04-01-2014
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Although both HDMI audio/video is output on the Zone 2 HDMI output, audio can only be output to the pre-outs or the Zone 1 HDMI monitor outputs but not to both places at the same time (ie. audio from EITHER surround speakers OR Zone 1 home speakers), so there would be nothing to mute.
neils's Avatar neils 08:13 PM 04-01-2014
OK, so since it is either sound over HDMI (Main) or sound over pre-outs, how does one toggle between the two ? Is this the famous setting where one configures audio out over HDMI in the pre-pro settings ?? If so, my understanding was that engaging audio over HDMI (for TV purposes) does not necessarily cut off the audio to the pre-outs, can usually have both.

But say that is the case here, that pre-out audio gets cut when you engage audio over HDMI (main), is this something that can be changed within the Marantz remote app ?? Reason I ask is because if I am in my living room, I might have to engage the HDMI audio with the app, but then when I go to my HT room, I then would have to disengage the HDMI audio to regain sound on my pre-outs.

Just trying to understand how it toggles (auto, via settings, via app)

Thanks for your support on this !!

Neil
jdsmoothie's Avatar jdsmoothie 03:57 AM 04-02-2014
You select the HDMI Audio Out (p. 116 OM) from the GUI menu. Not sure if it is available on the remote app or not.


neils's Avatar neils 06:45 AM 04-02-2014
Got it thanks !! It's too bad they could not allow audio on both pre-outs as well as HDMI, but on the other hand, for a guy like me that wants to use this unit as a video matrix switcher into 2 zones, plus double duty for HT, I guess it will allow me to not worry about the main volume level in the HT room, and still be able to use Main as a Zone for my house.

I have the app downloaded, and running it in Demo mode (until I pick up this unit), and it does not look like I would have access to the settings on the prepro via the app, with the exception of major settings like soundfield, etc

Thanks for the info
UNCMo96's Avatar UNCMo96 05:47 AM 04-12-2014
I was thinking about buying this unit along with an amp that supports balanced connections but a sub that does not. Can I hook this up with balanced connections for the amp but unbalanced for the sub?
mdrums's Avatar mdrums 08:57 AM 04-12-2014
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I was thinking about buying this unit along with an amp that supports balanced connections but a sub that does not. Can I hook this up with balanced connections for the amp but unbalanced for the sub?

Yep...no problem. My Integra DHC80.3 is hooked up balance to my McIntosh amps but my Subs that do not have balanced inputs are hooked up via RCA.
DutchOven88's Avatar DutchOven88 06:05 AM 04-15-2014
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Did the siriusxm problem occur immediately after your firmware update, or did it work for a while, then quit?

 

Glad a soft reset fixed the problem.  It hasn't yet worked for me but I'll try it again.

 

Thx.

It did indeed commence immediately after the firmware upgrade. I called Marantz, they discounted the issue and I requested that they run the update in-house. Miraculously, a few days later, they called me back asking if I still had the problem, not to check in on me but because other people were having this issue, one particular user was in Canada (which didnt mean anything but they were convinced it had an impact)... Irregardless of Net Neutrality, a Canadian Bit is the same as an American Bit...

 

Now my issue has returned after the cleaning lady was here and my UPS was buzzing, NAS was shut down and everything else seems to be out of sync. 

 

So, long story short and rant complete, Track Not Found is still plaguing me... But was corrected and seems to be more difficult to remedy this time around.


ralflott's Avatar ralflott 12:18 PM 04-15-2014
My siriusxm, for no apparent reason, began working again on my Denon AVR-E300 within the last couple of weeks and has not even hiccupped since.

I wonder if the ISP (Comcast, in my case) could in some way be involved, since users with identical receivers running identical firmware seem to be experiencing disparate results.

Best,

RL
DutchOven88's Avatar DutchOven88 01:38 PM 04-15-2014
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Originally Posted by ralflott View Post

My siriusxm, for no apparent reason, began working again on my Denon AVR-E300 within the last couple of weeks and has not even hiccupped since.

I wonder if the ISP (Comcast, in my case) could in some way be involved, since users with identical receivers running identical firmware seem to be experiencing disparate results.

Best,

RL

Same here. Every time you reboot the modem it reconnects and then there's a few day delay in aligning with xm for some reason
MUGEN's Avatar MUGEN 05:42 PM 04-15-2014
I've just tested the Marantz AV7701 with my SONY XBR-46HX929(43.0ms) set to Game mode and Backlight set to Max with a Leo Bodnar input lag tester. I haven't fully tested each video option, but Video Mode-Game is the best option for the lowest input lag.

Video Mode-Auto/game/video
Video Conversion-off
42.8 ms

Video Mode-Game
Video Conversion-on
I/p Scalier-off
42.8 ms
With volume Display and Info Display ON I got the same results even when they are on the screen.
Shaker Man's Avatar Shaker Man 09:09 PM 04-18-2014

Quick question: I'm thinking of going with the 7701 as the pre for our HT/2 channel system. I don't believe it can handle AIFF files, but wanted to double check as it may have been included in an update. Yes/no? Thanks.


jdsmoothie's Avatar jdsmoothie 07:00 AM 04-19-2014
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AFAIK, nope.
Shaker Man's Avatar Shaker Man 06:59 PM 04-19-2014

Thanks. That's disappointing.


JaremyP's Avatar JaremyP 07:31 AM 05-23-2014
I'm currently running 7.2 in a living room HT. Emotiva xpa3/5 amps. I have a UMC-200 but I'm about ready to call quits on it for various reasons. Was looking at Marantz.

Looks like the AV7701 has been out a while. Any word on a replacement model with full hdmi 2.0 and other updates? The Marantz web site has a "new" tag on this model but the Amazon site shows it's been available since early 2012.
DutchOven88's Avatar DutchOven88 08:01 AM 05-23-2014
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Originally Posted by JaremyP View Post

I'm currently running 7.2 in a living room HT. Emotiva xpa3/5 amps. I have a UMC-200 but I'm about ready to call quits on it for various reasons. Was looking at Marantz.

Looks like the AV7701 has been out a while. Any word on a replacement model with full hdmi 2.0 and other updates? The Marantz web site has a "new" tag on this model but the Amazon site shows it's been available since early 2012.

For now it will be sub hdmi2. Hdmi 2 won't be applicable until there's a standard established and the industry commits to full adoption. 4k/UHd can be run as a pass through on these systems and therefore is still compliant with what's touted as next gen rez

7701 is stable & reliable but if you're looking for reference sound the 8801 is closer to a match with its xlr inputs; outputs are still on 7701
MUGEN's Avatar MUGEN 09:23 AM 05-23-2014
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Originally Posted by JaremyP View Post

I'm currently running 7.2 in a living room HT. Emotiva xpa3/5 amps. I have a UMC-200 but I'm about ready to call quits on it for various reasons. Was looking at Marantz.

Looks like the AV7701 has been out a while. Any word on a replacement model with full hdmi 2.0 and other updates? The Marantz web site has a "new" tag on this model but the Amazon site shows it's been available since early 2012.
My guess is Marantz will come out with new versions this fall but maybe jdsmoothie has more info on this.wink.gif

PS. I went from a Emotiva XPA-5 to a Parasound A31 for a lot of reasons.
jdsmoothie's Avatar jdsmoothie 09:41 AM 05-23-2014
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Originally Posted by JaremyP View Post

I'm currently running 7.2 in a living room HT. Emotiva xpa3/5 amps. I have a UMC-200 but I'm about ready to call quits on it for various reasons. Was looking at Marantz.

Looks like the AV7701 has been out a while. Any word on a replacement model with full hdmi 2.0 and other updates? The Marantz web site has a "new" tag on this model but the Amazon site shows it's been available since early 2012.

For sure the AV8801 is to replaced in Jan 2015. No word yet on a AV7701 replacement.
dotnetduc's Avatar dotnetduc 11:11 AM 05-23-2014

I just purchased the AV 7701 a day ago and SiriusXM was working fine out of the box. After the fimware update, SiriusXM stops working. Pandora works fine after the firmware update. Another question. Why does Spotify force you to have a premium account in order to stream via the Marantz.


jdsmoothie's Avatar jdsmoothie 11:29 AM 05-23-2014
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1. Sirius/XM server disconnect: Some Sirius/XM subscribers have noted an issue with connecting to the Sirius/XM servers. Apparently Sirius/XM made some recent changes that are causing this issue. Denon is aware of the problem and is expected to release a firmware update by the end of June.

2. Any AVR that features on board Spotify requires a Premium subscription.
Mr Fuse1's Avatar Mr Fuse1 07:48 PM 05-24-2014
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Originally Posted by dotnetduc View Post

I just purchased the AV 7701 a day ago and SiriusXM was working fine out of the box. After the fimware update, SiriusXM stops working. Pandora works fine after the firmware update. Another question. Why does Spotify force you to have a premium account in order to stream via the Marantz.

I did the firmware upgrade and now my iPod's won't connect via the USB input. Anybody else?
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