Some Initial Impressions of the AV8801
Overall, I am impressed with this preamp.
It is fast, the programming of my TiVo has gone very well. I really like the input selection to power on.
I was abe to setup all inputs from my Oppo BDP-105: HTMI, COAX, 7.1 Analog, and XLR.
As usual, the performance of each one is differnt. From best to worst for LPCM: 7.1, XLR, HDMI, COAX.
The 7.1 inputs from my BDP-105 are very detailed and significantly brighter than my Onkyo PR
I am not sure what to make of it.
In case someone from Marantz is watching.
Here are some bugs and ehancement requests:Bug: Dolby PLII selection does not work from the remote with Image processing Off.
I have image processing off because I use a Lumagen Radiance Video Processor.
When I have a two channel source, I can select DTS surround but I cannot select DPII.
DPLII is displayed but only 2 channels are displayed. The display then reverts to Stereo.
The discrete codes from DPII Music and Movie mode do work from the remote.Bug: DTS NEO:6 Music and DTS NEO:6 Movie remote codes do not work.
I can use the DPII remote codes but not the DTS codes.Enchangement: Info Button should activate the display in Pure Mode
When you switch into Pure Direct mode, the circle and main displays show volume and connection information and then go black. There is no way to see anything after that. You have to exit Pure mode or change the volume to see this information. The Information button should do it. The only way I can see the volume information in Remote mode is to change the volume or use my Pronto to send a Volumne Up and Volumne Down.Enhancement: Status Remove Code should show the Volume
The Status Remote code displays information in the bigger display but inconsistently displays the volume information. It seems to do so in Network playback but not from the 7.1 analog inputs.Enhancement: Direct Exit from Pure mode
When in pure mode, you cannot get to the menu or change the surround mode without first exiting pure mode. However, it seems clear that if I press PLII or direct mode, then it should go directly to that mode. It takes the user some time to realize why nothing is happening.