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Thanks for the info - and I'm glad I'm not going crazy...

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Marantz AV8801 Preamp/Processor Official Owner's thread

Three quick questions (I tried to read the manual but it still doesn't work/ couldn't figure it out):

I want to use an Apple TV in the Theater room (Main Zone) and sometimes, independently use it in another bedroom (Zone 4). In zone 4, I want to be able to turn on the Unit using the iphone app, switch it to zone 4, with the Apple TV as the source, and send the video and sound to just that TV connected in the bedroom WITHOUT turning on the projector (main zone) or the monitor I have in the equipment closet (zone 2). Is this possible?

I am only ever going to have a 7.1 speaker set up in the theater room. is it possible to reassign two of the remaining XLR Pre-Outs to another zone? ie I want to use the marantz's DACs with in 2-channel setup in another room using XLR, not RCA connections. As far as I can tell, this isn't possible?

Finally, can I do a vertical picture shift without using the built-in scaler for anything else?

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Can I use xlr balanced interconnects for 5 speakers and a rca connection for the subwoofer on an 8801?
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Can I use xlr balanced interconnects for 5 speakers and a rca connection for the subwoofer on an 8801?
You sure can.

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Can I use xlr balanced interconnects for 5 speakers and a rca connection for the subwoofer on an 8801?
I do. I even use XLRs for 5 speakers, RCAs for the two height channels and RCAs for the two subs. All good.

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Three quick questions (I tried to read the manual but it still doesn't work/ couldn't figure it out):

I want to use an Apple TV in the Theater room (Main Zone) and sometimes, independently use it in another bedroom (Zone 4). In zone 4, I want to be able to turn on the Unit using the iphone app, switch it to zone 4, with the Apple TV as the source, and send the video and sound to just that TV connected in the bedroom WITHOUT turning on the projector (main zone) or the monitor I have in the equipment closet (zone 2). Is this possible?

I am only ever going to have a 7.1 speaker set up in the theater room. is it possible to reassign two of the remaining XLR Pre-Outs to another zone? ie I want to use the marantz's DACs with in 2-channel setup in another room using XLR, not RCA connections. As far as I can tell, this isn't possible?

Finally, can I do a vertical picture shift without using the built-in scaler for anything else?
1. Yes, it should be as that is the purpose of Zone 4.
2. Correct, reassigning of pre-outs is not possible unlike the Denon "flagship" AVR 4520CI of that same year which is able to reassign on board amps when external amps are being used.
3. Although the Picture Adjust settings can be changed without the i/p Scaler being enabled, there is no vertical picture shift setting.
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just got my 8801 set up over the weekend...still learning and experimenting

i have two main subs, hooked to sub1 and sub2...i've recently acquired a mid-bass sub that has xlr only inputs.

it would be great if i could use the xlr of sub1 or sub2 but that cant be done since i'm using rca's of those outputs already...

so my question is could i use an unused xlr (heights or wides) since it's MID-BASS only? those do receive a full-range signal, yes...?

or am i better to just put a splitter on sub1 and use sub2 for the mid-bass...?

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I currently have my subwoofer connected via RCA. XLR cables are expensive and I know it's the best connection possible but is it really worth it for a subwoofer, not a regular speaker?
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I currently have my subwoofer connected via RCA. XLR cables are expensive and I know it's the best connection possible but is it really worth it for a subwoofer, not a regular speaker?
It's important to understand that there are no sonic differences between XLR and RCA connectors.

XLR are better at noise rejection, so if you have long cable runs and the signal and mains cables run parallel to each other, then XLR can be a better choice. But only if you have any noise issues. If you don't, then the XLR cable won’t bring any benefits.

The XLR connector itself is favored by some as being mechanically superior, but decent RCA cables also make a good connection IME.

XLR output is 6dB higher than RCA and this can be a blessing, a curse, or neither, depending on the rest of your setup.

In short, there is no reason inherent in the differences between XLR and RCA as to why either should be more, or less, suitable for your subwoofer connection, so use whichever you feel most comfortable with.
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XLR are better at noise rejection, so if you have long cable runs and the signal and mains cables run parallel to each other, then XLR can be a better choice.
That's a very good explanation, thank you. One question, by 'mains cables' do you mean the actual speaker wire connecting the amp to the speaker?
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That's a very good explanation, thank you. One question, by 'mains cables' do you mean the actual speaker wire connecting the amp to the speaker?
No, "mains" means electric power. The reference is to preventing 60 Hz hum which can occur when power cables parallel signal cables.
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When I was first configuring the unit, I got two "firmware update available" notices. I did not update the firmware but now I dont get anymore notices and says this: 3525-8853-5465 is my current firmware. Is this still the latest firmware?
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When I was first configuring the unit, I got two "firmware update available" notices. I did not update the firmware but now I dont get anymore notices and says this: 3525-8853-5465 is my current firmware. Is this still the latest firmware?
Yes, that is the current version.
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