Originally Posted by JOHNnDENVER
Well, if you have any analog / audio only devices, you can piggy back a video source that uses coax/optical digital on to it. When the video source is off it will auto to analog and give you sound, and when the video / digital audio device is in use it will auto to the digital audio.
It was hella stupid for Marantz to not just include a few more user defined options. I hate the hard labeling on the remote (well the Sr7001 remote anyways).
Can you list what you have hooked up and what you still need to hook up?
HD-Sat Box via HDMI
OTA-HD Box - via coax digital audio - video straight to my display via VGA
Sony 400 disc CD Juke - Via analog now - so I could piggy back AC3 LD on to it as wel
Pioneer CLD-99 Laserdisc player -via svideo-optical and analog audio( I used the tape input)
HD-DVD player - via HDMI
Blu-ray player - via HDMI
Svideo VCR - Via svideo - analog audio
SD-DVD Player - Via 1080i Component video input - coax digital audio
May laserdisc has two svideo outs, Optical audio as well as AC3 audio outputs, I used the second svideo out and AC3 digital out piggy bakced on the CD and switch my player to the analog output.
I mean, there are so many other devices that could be hooked up, seems crazy to me to limit the AVR so much in this manner.
Best of luck, Marantz needed to think this format through a little more. I almost returned it, but dang it sounds good, and it switches even my problematic HDMI devices smoothly.
Thanks for asking. Here are the input devices that I presently have hooked up to the 8001.
1. HD DVR Cable STB SA 8300 - via HDMI
2. A 2nd STB SA 8300 - Dig audio in only. The video goes to a component matrix switcher for distribution to 8 different displays/outputs
3. Marantz DV9600 DVD player - via HDMI
4. Pioneer DVD player - Dig audio in only (video to matrix switcher)
5. Escient audio server - via Svideo and Dig audio
6. Marantz Ipod base/adapter - via Svideo and Analog audio
7. Netstreams Digilinx Audiodistribution - via Analog audio
8. Matrix switcher - via Analog audio
Presently I have the Pioneer DVD (dig) and the Ipod (analog) sharing input "Aux 1". This requires me to have the ipod audio and vid plugged into the front of the AVR (not attractive). By doing this, I presently have everything in my system hooked up. However, it seems to allow no expansion, which I wouldn't expect from an AVR of this caliber. I'm sure it won't be long before I want to add something else in. Right now, I already want to occassionally hook up my HD Sony camcorder to the system, preferably via its HDMI output. How do I do that without unplugging one of my HDMI inputs? I'm open to some tips and suggestions here. Thanks, Marc