Originally Posted by John Fo.
Forgive me for diluting the higher level Marantz with a lower level question, but I thought this thread is where the expertise is--and I badly need your help.
I have a Marantz SR-5500, just got it installed and it drives Monitor Audio speakers in 7.1 configuration. It also switches my component video inputs for my DVD and DVR to the projector. Seems like a nice setup, adequate for what I need.
Sure, no problem. In fact I'm surprised the 4500 and 5500 aren't more popular than they are.
No elitism here, I have a 7400 which was about the same price as a 5500.
1. I too have heard the quiet dialogue and overpowering sound effects/soundtrack in movies, and have taken the advice to up the center channel a few levels. Any other thoughts here? CSII setting has a SRS Dialog level option to help pop out dialogue supposedly. Is this a good thing to use? When not in CSII mode, does this still work?
Any changes you make to CSII dialogue will only be applied to CSII Cinema mode. Personally I don't like CSII Cinema nearly as much as Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
, it's just way too hot in the surrounds. Distracting.
2. Should I use the 7.1 channel inputs direct from DVD player instead of the digital coax input? Does this make a lot of difference?
It would work, but I can't see how it would make a difference.
Your rear channels would never work, because currently DVD players do not decode 7.1. Also bass management, tone controls, etc. can't be applied to the analog 7.1 inputs.
Finally, the DACs in the 5500 may or may not be better than the DACs in your DVD player. If they are better, you'll lose out on the sound quality increase.
3. Any problems with the using the Marantz for switching component video and not going direct to projector?
I'll let someone else handle this one as all my video goes right to my TV, but if you don't have to do it (i.e. if you have only one component video source), why do it?
4. I have large R/L speakers, and it is set to large. They sometimes provide rather loud bass sound in my opinion, even when the Sub volume has been independently lowered with its own volume contol. The seem to pop out in an overpowering fashion at times. Does the Sub channel setting drive any of the R/L sub at all? Should I drop them to Small setting and lose some of the bass it offers?
Sub channel setting affects only the sub channel, but it sounds like you've found one of the problems with the bass mix BOTH setting, namely boomy bass. Experiment around with setting your speakers to small, see if it helps.
5. I too heard minimal rear surround sound when set on auto. After consultation, I changed it to DD-Pro Logic II-MV and it seems to force the surround information over all channels and I hear the entire surround. What is the setting for DVD input? There are tons of settings here, Pure Direct, DTS NEO 6: Cinema, EX...which is best to use for DVD? I want to hear and utilize the full 7.1 surround that I have installed.
If you want to hear 7.1 sound with a DVD, there's only one option, DD+PLIIx. I'm not sure which button it is on your remote. On mine I have a "Dolby double-D" button which cycles between DOLBY D and DD+PLIIx. On yours, press the SURROUND MODE button.
Note that you should be able to "overlay" PLIIx
on top of Dolby Digital 5.1, it's a required function of the Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
decoder. Your manual says this on page 2, but on page 24 it says:
Pro Logic IIx mode is available for a 2ch input signal which is encoded in Dolby Digital or PCM format.
On page 26, the chart indicates that when the signal is Dolby Digital 5.1, the decoding is in DD 5.1, but when it's Dolby Digital 2.0, the decoding is Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
This seems to imply that you cannot process Dolby Digital 5.1 signals using Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
, which means you can't listen to DVDs in 7.1. This shouldn't be?
Experiment around - you should be able to decode DD 5.1 in PLIIx
. My display reads "DD+PLIIx" when I do this.
6. Do any of these problems or solutions conflict with each other? Meaning for example, 7.1 channel inputs may not work with certain surround mode settings adequately.
7.1 inputs do not work with any
surround mode settings.