Originally Posted by zieglj01
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That's too bad; I really wanted to see what the AVR looked like in an actual setup...
Yes, they are discontinued - the reason for the good prices.
Figured as much; but they didn't really spend a lot of time on the market from what it seems...being an Onkyo clone, I wonder just how many of these found buyers when many people don't even know TASCAM exists or that it's TEAC's professional division...
The Receiver was built with a focus on the pro side - such as schools, colleges,
restaurants, sports bars, malls and the like.
I'm aware of that, as all of TASCAM's products are geared for the pro end of things -- but that begs the question...What school, college, restaurant or shopping mall would need a SURROUND receiver with decoding for lossless formats and the like?
However it seems, looks like that the sells did not take off on the pro side.
Indeed; I don't think the so-called "pro" divisions of even Marantz or Onkyo do "well" in this regard...aside from the rack-mountable "ears" and such, is there anything that really sets apart the consumer receivers, processors, etc. from the professional ones? I don't really see it...
However, they work real good for some of us on the consumer side.
I'm sure -- but then why not just buy a consumer-grade unit (unless the price you paid for the TASCAM was ridiculously undercutting the Onkyos, etc.)?
As I noted, I too own a TASCAM product, but it's a CD recorder that came boxed in its "professionally-oriented" preparation: In other words, it had the rack mount ears attached. Because I don't have the recorder mounted in a professional metal rack, I removed the ears with a screwdriver (they were in fact removable) and I'd probably do the same with a receiver, power amp or processor if I bought a "pro grade" variant...
I did not buy the receiver based on Audyssey room calibration - I am in the
minority group, with those who do not use the different receiver built-in auto
Funny you mention this -- I am TOTALLY just like you with regard to the auto-setup programs of receivers; I don't rely on them and choose to set up the system myself, manually, entering physical distances from the sweet spot, speaker dB levels and crossovers and even running the Audyssey EQ OFF. I just feel like I am "hearing" MY speakers the way they're SUPPOSED to sound without EQ in the mix...
So I'm right with you there; I don't buy AVRs based on the room correction or auto-setup algorithms...
With the exception of those who favor the higher-level audio calibrations, the
Tascam is a well built receiver, the sound is clean/clear with low distortion. >
The picture is also good - and the on screen menu/operation system is nice,
once you understand it - then it is simple and convenient to make adjustments
You're not running discrete HDMI passthrough with the TASCAM for video? That's how I'm doing it with my Onkyo 605 -- HDMI OUT from my OPPO Blu-ray player to the AVR's HDMI IN, then HDMI OUT from the AVR to my display, with 1080p untouched...
Interesting; though they visually LOOK just like the Onkyos...
Gibson (guitar) owns the majority of Teac/Tascam and Onkyo/Integra, so it seems
they decided to stick to the basic consumer side with the Onkyo/Integra receivers.
Yes, I'm aware of Gibson's "marriage" to these brands...
As most of us should know by now, Onkyo has discontinued Audyssey in the 2014
model receivers - and is going with their own thing and Atmos.
I'm aware of this as well, much to the dismay of Audyssey junkies, but I'm still so confused about the whole ATMOS thing; is this just an algorithm to "spread" more sound through additional speakers in a room, or is it something that's going to be encoded in future 4K/Ultra HD discs/software?
I know Onkyo's new AVRs are using their new "AccuEQ" (I think it's called) proprietary setup program...