Originally Posted by Beagledog
Thanks again to all for your input regarding cables. I ended up purchasing XLR's from Kimber Kable (Hero) which are certainly far from cheap although I was able to acquire them for about 35% less retail. Perhaps I will just try them for awhile and see how it goes as I can always sell them in the future. My SSP arrives later this week and I am quite excited. For now I will have my Marantz 7702 at the top of my rack with my SSP and Oppo 105D at the bottom. I have enough XLR's that I will just leave the ones hanging from the Marantz when not listening to Atmos (Which obviously is most of the time for now), but have easy access to switch them from those attached to the SSP when needed. I estimate it will take me fewer than 2 minutes. Roger's idea is beyond brilliant and if I want to do comparisons or tire of that technique I will willingly steal his ideas!
My room has been completely treated so I am anxious to hear what the comparisons of the Marantz and SSP will provide for 7.3. Also, with more Atmos movies recently released or soon to be released, I hope to be watching several a month at minimum! (On Any Sunday, John Wick-just released with Gravity, Mokingjay Vol 1 and Unbroken all set to release this month.) NOW we are starting to get some good titles!
I think you are in for a treat.
I was a bit skeptical regarding whether or not the SSP 800 would sound discernibly different/better than a high quality Marantz/Pioneer/Integra/Yamaha/Arcam pre pro or receiver, but it really does.
In my case, for comparison I have an older Marantz SR9600 Receiver.
This box was previously in our home theater and now resides in our living room. It is an awesome HDMI 1.1, nearly 60Lb copper clad chassis receiver that dates from 2006. (A lifetime in hi-fi electronics, I know.)
Nonetheless it was a flagship piece from Marantz at the time. (Note there are currently no 9xxx series products offered by Marantz. At present Marantz finest is 8xxx series.)
Between the Marantz and the Classe, I had an Arcam AVR600.
The Arcam, a fine unit in its own right, is going up for sale; the old Marantz is staying.
Not trying to disparage Marantz (or Arcam) in any way, just saying from a pure sound quality perspective, in my opinion, the SSP-800 is a step above any of the current or previous Marantz offerings.
I am envious of your “treated” room.