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whoaru99's Avatar whoaru99 05:47 PM 01-16-2013
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Is there any electrical issue in using XLR-Y adapter to send the signal to the AMPs input?

- Rich

No.

DHF's Avatar DHF 05:51 PM 01-16-2013
Maybe it is just luck, but I have only had 2 HDMI issues with the 7005/8801. Actually both on the 7005. The Marantz DVD player had issues with the plasma, but not the projector. The Directv box stopped working, but was fixed by a hard boot of the 7005.
I have 2 DTV boxes, both older models, an old Marantz DVD player, and an HTPC. Zero issues with the 8801 after almost a month.
dahlgren's Avatar dahlgren 06:43 PM 01-16-2013
What is best cable type for video then with a cable box? Can I turn video off and still use HDMI for audio, or coax/optical?
whoaru99's Avatar whoaru99 06:47 PM 01-16-2013
Component and coaxial/optical.
joerod's Avatar joerod 07:24 PM 01-16-2013
The Possession was a cool movie with a great soundtrack. I am still very glad I chose the 8801 and look forward to more movie watching.
audiofan1's Avatar audiofan1 12:34 AM 01-17-2013
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What is best cable type for video then with a cable box? Can I turn video off and still use HDMI for audio, or coax/optical?

As I tried to state in an earlier post ,it best to send the video to the display via hdmi and use an optical (no grounding issues) cable to the 8801 for audio from a cable box. Sure you loose the one cables benefit and using the 8801 for video processing but smooth processing is preferred in my case;)
discodol's Avatar discodol 04:23 AM 01-17-2013
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I also set my static IP high so DHCP won't interfere. 192.168.1.55 or even .200 with a network mask 255.255.255.0

Also I put in two DNS servers on the Internet that you can find listed from your specific Internet provider just by google it. I don't use the router or gateway as the DNS server. I've never had a problem. DNS is very important. If IP addresses can't be resolved the unit will hang.

IMHO this is nuts! Over the years I have had no problem with numerous AV boxes getting to the internet. I have never had to make adjustments to my router for any AV device so why am I all of a sudden going through the hassle with the 8801? It should just plug and play. I am afraid I am going to find that I have a bad unit out of the box. My installer is coming today so the story will be continued.........
danielo's Avatar danielo 04:43 AM 01-17-2013
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^^
that's why I have always recommended in threads to use component video & optical for cable/sat boxes. the potential aggravation of using HDMI on these IMO outweighs the single cable benefit. and it's not necessary for 720p/1080i video & plain jane Dolby Digital.

Come on in 2013, there is no way that ill make digital video signals analog over component before they go to a digital display (all displays these days). The loss of 'trouble' with hdmi should not be so big to take a hit on video quality of the extra dac<>adc><>dac steps.

Maybe this a usa issue with settop boxes but for me in europe using hdmi (or sdi//hdsdi) is now a given, yes hdmi still sucks but i have not used analog video in my system for the last 5 or 6 years.

Daniel.
audioguy's Avatar audioguy 04:51 AM 01-17-2013
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A very short one, yes! I like it more than the datasat - it doesn't have a fan constantly running. Very clear sound and love the front soundstage. Bass is very controlled - great features - I'd imagine this could be rebadged like an oppo, add a thicker faceplate, charge 2x , and it would very much compete with separates - WITH NO ONE BEING THE WISER...

When those kind of "improvements" are made, the price increment is more like 4 or 5 times. Remember the Lexicon "improvement" over the Oppo BD83??
whoaru99's Avatar whoaru99 05:33 AM 01-17-2013
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As I tried to state in an earlier post ,it best to send the video to the display via hdmi and use an optical (no grounding issues) cable to the 8801 for audio from a cable box. Sure you loose the one cables benefit and using the 8801 for video processing but smooth processing is preferred in my case;)

The point about using optical because of no grounding seems moot if you're connecting the two with a HDMI cable (because of its shielding).
JimP 06:18 AM 01-17-2013
I know going component cable for video and optical for audio might fix some issues but lets not forget that we're in 2013, not 1970.

If you have issues with HDMI, fix the issues the right way. Cable box suck, try another cable box or get a TIVO to replace it. Got ground loop hum, put all your devices on the same circuit or use a 3 prong adapter.

I doubt any of us owners want to take one step forward with picture and sound and are willing to take one step backwards to get it to work. If that was the case, we wouldn't have bought a premium preamp.
JimP 06:21 AM 01-17-2013
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IMHO this is nuts! Over the years I have had no problem with numerous AV boxes getting to the internet. I have never had to make adjustments to my router for any AV device so why am I all of a sudden going through the hassle with the 8801? It should just plug and play. I am afraid I am going to find that I have a bad unit out of the box. My installer is coming today so the story will be continued.........

Agreed....you shouldn't have to jump through hoops to get it to work.

It may just be a fault in the unit. Getting the installer to come by to check it out is a good idea. Sometimes takes a second eye to see things.

Best of luck
Kabillyhop's Avatar Kabillyhop 06:45 AM 01-17-2013
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I know going component cable for video and optical for audio might fix some issues but lets not forget that we're in 2013, not 1970.

If you have issues with HDMI, fix the issues the right way. Cable box suck, try another cable box or get a TIVO to replace it. Got ground loop hum, put all your devices on the same circuit or use a 3 prong adapter.

I doubt any of us owners want to take one step forward with picture and sound and are willing to take one step backwards to get it to work. If that was the case, we wouldn't have bought a premium preamp.

Totally agree. I have two Marantz front ends (AV7005 and SR5006) that are rock solid with HDMI for all sources including satellite boxes. I'm considering upgrading to the AV8801 and would not put up with anything less.
hifiaudio2's Avatar hifiaudio2 07:33 AM 01-17-2013
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IMHO this is nuts! Over the years I have had no problem with numerous AV boxes getting to the internet. I have never had to make adjustments to my router for any AV device so why am I all of a sudden going through the hassle with the 8801? It should just plug and play. I am afraid I am going to find that I have a bad unit out of the box. My installer is coming today so the story will be continued.........

Agreed.... like I said earlier, my networking works, but it is very flaky. I wonder if the networking on this unit is going to be what the ribbon cable and HDMI board was to the Integra 80.2...
dahlgren's Avatar dahlgren 07:41 AM 01-17-2013
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IMHO this is nuts! Over the years I have had no problem with numerous AV boxes getting to the internet. I have never had to make adjustments to my router for any AV device so why am I all of a sudden going through the hassle with the 8801? It should just plug and play. I am afraid I am going to find that I have a bad unit out of the box. My installer is coming today so the story will be continued.........

So what you are saying is you have never set a static IP and choose to use the automated DHCP. This is your choice but I believe that a static IP is always preferred. A benefit is you know the IP address, this is so you can access the AV Setup Menu's from your PC/laptop. If your AV is powered off, you are using DHCP, you are using a wireless router, another device via WIFI, like a cell phone or tablet will get the next available IP address which could be the address your AV had. You then don't know the IP of your AV. A static IP is the most stable. Recommended to use static IP if you are doing firmware updates. Hope this helps, it's a simple process.

If you don't know what to put into the static IP options on your AV:

You don't have to touch your router. the router IP is usually 192.168.1.1, a google search will answer this if you want to verify. So you need to know the IP of the router, I gave you the mask, the router IP is the gateway, the DNS primary and secondary are either the router IP, or as I said your Internet provider lists their DNS servers with a google search.

Typical setting:

AV IP address: 192.168.1.55 or any last digit up to 254
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Primary DNS: 192.168.1.1 or find with Google search "Comcast DNS servers".
Secondary DNS: find with Google search "Comcast DNS servers".
Theresa's Avatar Theresa 07:45 AM 01-17-2013
The problem is unlikely to be of the scope that Onkyo has with the '08 products. It is more likely that you just got one with a bad network board. I have the 4520 which most likely uses the same network board and have no problems with it.
mookie b's Avatar mookie b 08:42 AM 01-17-2013
Just got mine last weekend, replacing a McIntosh MX-121. I got it to test it out, not sure if I'd like it more. After 5 days, I really like the 8801. I haven't had any issues, other than getting my Harmony to work without turning on all the zones and other typical harmony issues.

At this point, I'm a happy camper. Don't know if its better than the Mac, but it's definitely not worse. They sound very different, but the 8801 has a boat load of new features that I'm enjoying.

P.S. I haven't had any issues with DirecTv, so I'm not sure about what's been posted here about that..l
sfav's Avatar sfav 08:48 AM 01-17-2013
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Originally Posted by dahlgren View Post

So what you are saying is you have never set a static IP and choose to use the automated DHCP. This is your choice but I believe that a static IP is always preferred. A benefit is you know the IP address, this is so you can access the AV Setup Menu's from your PC/laptop. If your AV is powered off, you are using DHCP, you are using a wireless router, another device via WIFI, like a cell phone or tablet will get the next available IP address which could be the address your AV had. You then don't know the IP of your AV. A static IP is the most stable. Recommended to use static IP if you are doing firmware updates. Hope this helps, it's a simple process.

If you don't know what to put into the static IP options on your AV:

You don't have to touch your router. the router IP is usually 192.168.1.1, a google search will answer this if you want to verify. So you need to know the IP of the router, I gave you the mask, the router IP is the gateway, the DNS primary and secondary are either the router IP, or as I said your Internet provider lists their DNS servers with a google search.

Typical setting:

AV IP address: 192.168.1.55 or any last digit up to 254
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Primary DNS: 192.168.1.1 or find with Google search "Comcast DNS servers".
Secondary DNS: find with Google search "Comcast DNS servers".

There is a network mode mode on the 8801 that needs to be set to keep it live. Not sure why they have it but it is needed for automation and may need to be set for DHCP access but should be irrelevant for using network music services.
dahlgren's Avatar dahlgren 09:04 AM 01-17-2013
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There is a network mode mode on the 8801 that needs to be set to keep it live. Not sure why they have it but it is needed for automation and may need to be set for DHCP access but should be irrelevant for using network music services.

DHCP vs a static IP is irrelevant for this. It just requires Internet access.
Stapleton's Avatar Stapleton 09:26 AM 01-17-2013
I've had the AV8801 for a couple weeks now. I'm coming from an AV7701 (got a good trade from my dealer). The 8801 sounds fantastic and works perfectly, including all network features. I've had no problems with DirecTV, or as I said, anything at all. For those struggling with networking, with the first AV7701 I had, I went through all the hoops trying to get it to work. Never did. Had dealer replace it and then all worked great. So, I guess I'm saying, if you've tried all logical solutions, just exchange it for a new one.
dahlgren's Avatar dahlgren 09:30 AM 01-17-2013
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Originally Posted by mookie b View Post

Just got mine last weekend, replacing a McIntosh MX-121. I got it to test it out, not sure if I'd like it more. After 5 days, I really like the 8801. I haven't had any issues, other than getting my Harmony to work without turning on all the zones and other typical harmony issues.

At this point, I'm a happy camper. Don't know if its better than the Mac, but it's definitely not worse. They sound very different, but the 8801 has a boat load of new features that I'm enjoying.

P.S. I haven't had any issues with DirecTv, so I'm not sure about what's been posted here about that..l

How would you say the sound is different from the MX121?
thezaks's Avatar thezaks 09:31 AM 01-17-2013
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Originally Posted by mookie b View Post

Just got mine last weekend, replacing a McIntosh MX-121. I got it to test it out, not sure if I'd like it more. After 5 days, I really like the 8801. I haven't had any issues, other than getting my Harmony to work without turning on all the zones and other typical harmony issues.

At this point, I'm a happy camper. Don't know if its better than the Mac, but it's definitely not worse. They sound very different, but the 8801 has a boat load of new features that I'm enjoying.

P.S. I haven't had any issues with DirecTv, so I'm not sure about what's been posted here about that..l

I'm curious as to what the sound differences are between the MX-121 and the AV8801. You mentioned that they are very different sounding, so I was hoping you could share your observations.

Dave
sfav's Avatar sfav 09:50 AM 01-17-2013
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Originally Posted by dahlgren View Post

DHCP vs a static IP is irrelevant for this. It just requires Internet access.

Yes, that is not what I am saying, that mode is designed to keep the network access of the unit live when off to respond to network commands, like an IP "on" command. If you are using automation then you are likely using static yet you can use DHCP with a DHCP in a router reservation table. I do not recommend static addresses except where required like using this unit for IP control, and other devices that must have a static IP address. Everything else on the network should use DHCP. The switch in this unit is a likely culprit for network issues which is why I don't recommend its use. Use of this mode may increase the reliability of internet access on some network configs. For those not using IP control I have found the DHCP to work well on these units while using PROPER network equipment, all bets are off with ATT hardware.
RichB's Avatar RichB 11:13 AM 01-17-2013
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Originally Posted by Stapleton View Post

I've had the AV8801 for a couple weeks now. I'm coming from an AV7701 (got a good trade from my dealer). The 8801 sounds fantastic and works perfectly, including all network features. I've had no problems with DirecTV, or as I said, anything at all. For those struggling with networking, with the first AV7701 I had, I went through all the hoops trying to get it to work. Never did. Had dealer replace it and then all worked great. So, I guess I'm saying, if you've tried all logical solutions, just exchange it for a new one.

Do you find and appreciable differences in the sound of the AV8801 versus the AV7701?

- Rich
RichB's Avatar RichB 11:22 AM 01-17-2013
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I have ordered an 8801 and I should have it in a about 10 days or so.

I have been bi-amping my Revel Salons using the Onkyo PR-SC5507 but apparently Marantz did not support that within the processor.
I wonder if that could be added in firmware. They have channels out the kazoo. rolleyes.gif

Is there any electrical issue in using XLR-Y adapter to send the signal to the AMPs input?
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No.

Thanks!

I did some searching and found a lot of animated discussion.
Since I have a 7.1 amp and 5.1 speakers, I will side with Anthem Steve.

I ordered XLR-Y splitter cables that I will try with the 5507 while I wait for the 8801.

- Rich
mookie b's Avatar mookie b 11:22 AM 01-17-2013
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Originally Posted by thezaks View Post

I'm curious as to what the sound differences are between the MX-121 and the AV8801. You mentioned that they are very different sounding, so I was hoping you could share your observations.

Dave

Describing sound is difficult. I'll do my best.

It seems like the MX121 puts more of an emphasis on the soundtrack where the 8801 puts more of an emphasis on dialogue. The 121 is more rich, where the 8801 is more lean/crisp.

I let my wife chime in as she doesn't pay attention, and she definitely could tell it was different. In her words, the 8801 was more "in your face", "sound coming from the screen vs surrounds", "clearer".....who knows but it's clear it's definitely different. I asked her which she preferred and she didn't seem to care. Women.

This not an audyssey xt32 thing either....tried it with and without and same general assessment was there.

If I was a 2 channel guy, I think the Mac would be better. I'm not though, this system is 100% home theater. In my situation, I have a feeling the 8801 will be better, but honestly it's way to early for me to make that claim confidently. XT32 and 4k passthrough was what I really wanted...I'm only running 5.2 now, but the extra channel options are interesting for maybe a future change....
dahlgren's Avatar dahlgren 11:26 AM 01-17-2013
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Yes, that is not what I am saying, that mode is designed to keep the network access of the unit live when off to respond to network commands, like an IP "on" command. If you are using automation then you are likely using static yet you can use DHCP with a DHCP in a router reservation table. I do not recommend static addresses except where required like using this unit for IP control, and other devices that must have a static IP address. Everything else on the network should use DHCP. The switch in this unit is a likely culprit for network issues which is why I don't recommend its use. Use of this mode may increase the reliability of internet access on some network configs. For those not using IP control I have found the DHCP to work well on these units while using PROPER network equipment, all bets are off with ATT hardware.

After setting a static IP for the AV there will be no problem getting a DHCP delivered IP address for other devices on the network. By setting the gateway the AV gets outside, DHCP broadcasts itself traversing the entire network segment. The hub on the AV is simply that a network hub allowing all connections to communicate with each other, it is not a switch. As I understand the hub individual connections may be power controlled to be on/off when the AV is powered off.
dahlgren's Avatar dahlgren 11:59 AM 01-17-2013
BTW setting the IP high keeps owners from having to reserve an IP address in their router, a place users don't want to go.
WestCoastD's Avatar WestCoastD 01:00 PM 01-17-2013
I'm considering connecting, both, Oppo BDP-105 2ch analog OUT's and digital coax to the AV8801 to provide both methods of listening (via-Oppo's DAC's or Marantz DAC's). Does anyone know whether the AV8801 give preference to one input over the other upon playback?
discodol's Avatar discodol 01:32 PM 01-17-2013
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IMHO this is nuts! Over the years I have had no problem with numerous AV boxes getting to the internet. I have never had to make adjustments to my router for any AV device so why am I all of a sudden going through the hassle with the 8801? It should just plug and play. I am afraid I am going to find that I have a bad unit out of the box. My installer is coming today so the story will be continued.........

The installer checked things and tried disabling the routers firewall to no avail.

Called Marantz to report all steps had been taken at my end, they me reset the network card in the 8801 by turning it off, then while holding down the Movie and Music buttons turning the unit back on. This did nothing so the next test is to connect the Marantz to another network to see if it works someplace else. So since it is a week old back to the dealer it goes for replacement.

It could be the firmware in the unit but unfortunately it cannot be flashed in the field.......
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