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post #121 of 2387
Anybody try this with a DLNA server? My NAS is a DLNA server and it serves up content to my PS3 just fine. It would be nice if I could access that stuff right from the receiver.
post #122 of 2387
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Originally Posted by CBdicX View Post

Yes, that audyssey problem i encoutered was indeed strange.
I did the setup twice, and i both cases still various errors.......
never had an error with Onkyo, same speakers, same setup.
So i think the audyssey software Marantz uses must be a bit different then Onkyo.
Maybe the error level of Onkyo is set lower (?).

I ordered today an Integra 70.2, just a bit higher in price then the 7005, but with a truckload of features and 2 working HDMI out and 2 working subs out that can be set different when you have 2 different subs.
And a 2010 GUI, and not the Commodore 64 stuff on the 7005
But that can be a matter of taste.

Sorry to bring this up again but IMHO the Integra 70.2 is one ugly amp, And What's with all the buttons lol
The styling of the Integra 70.2 looks more out of date than the marantz GUI.
post #123 of 2387
I have been lurking as I am set to buy the pre-amp processor sister of this unit the AV7005...Not exactly glowing reviews from folks that have this receiver...Now you all have me rethinking my decision.
post #124 of 2387
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Originally Posted by olli66 View Post

I have a lot of the problems mentioned here. But biggest problem: My Marantz stereo amplifier which is integrated into my surround system responds to the remote as well and the other way around. This makes watching a movie impossible. I turn up the volume on my surround receiver and the volume on the stereo amplifier goes up, too. So the front left and right channels get MUCH louder. I got the worst of solutions from Marantz.
It is not possible to change remote codes or whatever.

Why don't you block the IR window of the integrated amp so it will not receive the remotes commands. Have you tried running the SR7005 without the external amp? If you did this maybe the SR7005's internal amps will be sufficent to drive your speakers. That way you will eliminate one issue you are having. Which of course is not an issue related to the SR7005.

Bill
post #125 of 2387
I received my SR7005 receiver about a week ago and finally got the chance to hook it up last night. This receiver is replacing a 4 year old Pioneer Elite VSX-82TSX receiver which I will be giving to my folks.

Overall my initial impressions are very positive. So far I haven't experienced any of the issues mentioned in this thread.

The first thing I did after hooking everything up was to update the firmware to the latest version. This took around 10 to 15 minutes and went smoothly. Next, I ran the Audyssey setup which was a breeze. There were no errors / issues although I did make a few minor manual adjustments to various settings after the automated setup was completed.

Overall sound quality is excellent although I need to spend some more time evaluating different source material to provide a more thorough opinion. However I can say with absolute certainty that there is no unwanted distortion, noise, etc. from any of my speakers.

Earlier in this thread someone complained about the GUI interface. Upgrading from my Pioneer Elite receiver, the GUI on the SR7005 is a HUGE improvement. The GUI on my Pioneer reminded me that of 80's era PC and was not aesthetically pleasing to say the least. Granted, the GUI on the SR7005 is not as 'pretty' or as 'flashy' as the one on my Denon 3808 receiver however it's simple and easy to navigate which is a huge plus. I'm able to find all the options / settings I need with relative ease which is by far more important to me.
post #126 of 2387
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Originally Posted by SharkMX View Post

I received my SR7005 receiver about a week ago and finally got the chance to hook it up last night. This receiver is replacing a 4 year old Pioneer Elite VSX-82TSX receiver which I will be giving to my folks.

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Thanks for this. I look forward to hearing more as you use it more!
post #127 of 2387
I received my SR7005 a few days ago and wanted to share my experiences thus far. This receiver is replacing my SR9300 with my Audio Control Bayou EQ. I am running Klipsch Reference Series 3 in a 7.1 configuration (RF-3 front, center, surround & rear) with a HSU Research VTF-3 MK3 Sub w/ Turbo. The TV is a Mitsubishi 65 HDTV. Input devices are TiVo Series-3 DVR w/ Verizon FIOS and Marantz BD8002 BluRay, DV6500 DVD, CC4003 CD player and RC9500 LCD remote.

Using all HDMI connections the TiVo and BluRay player provide a fantastic picture and sound! I am very happy with this system. The only downside is that I will need to replace my DVD library with all BluRay to get the HD audio. Regular DVDs just don't compare. Quantum of Solace and Dark Knight convinced me when I compared the DVD and BluRay.

I still need to connect some other devices though. I have a Sony 42 in the bedroom that I want to use with the TiVo DVR. The TiVo DVR will not permit simultaneous use of the HDMI and component outputs. Therefore, I tried to use the switched HDMI Monitor-2 output for the Sony TV. This allows picture to be switched between the two TVs but only sound in the living room. I can't use the other SR7005 speaker terminals because they are utilized for the 7.1 speaker arrangement. I see a Zone-2 component-out with audio L/R pre-out but the Marantz instructions indicate that only a component input can be switched out as a component output (HDMI can only be switched to other devises as HDMI but a component input can be upgraded to HDMI and then switched to other devices). If I use the component out from the TiVo, can I use the zone-2 component and audio pre-out (in lieu of the monitor-2 output) to feed into the Sony TV and still have HDMI output to the living room TV from Monitor-1 output? I wanted to use the built-in TV speakers in the bedroom if possible.

Suggestions?
post #128 of 2387
Now that the new firmware is out, has anyone tried the iPhone app? Can you control Pandora, internet radio, local music files, playlists, etc from the remote app? Anyone have any opinion on how well it works?
post #129 of 2387
Updated firmware just came out so I tried out the Wizz app.

Cannot use the app to switch the receiver on - I guess when it is off, it is off, no "wake up on LAN" function that I can see. Maybe there is something hidden in setup menus that I missed, although I doubt it. As such you have to switch the receiver on, then you can use the app. App is very basic - you can do source select, zone select, surround mode select, M-DAX on/off, can get onscreen arrows and cursor to control setup menu. Can control BD player (I assume you need a Marantz BD player for that. Can adjust volume. You can switch the receiver OFF with the app.

Overall very basic functions but I guess OK for a free app and I would much rather use my iphone for these as opposed to fumbling in the dark for the controller (although the controller has illuminated buttons so it is not that hard to use).

So, my impression of the unit is: it is a nice midrange receiver which should be easy for an average person to set up with sound quality that I find to be very nice (although sound quality is of course the most subjective impression). For myself I am keeping this because I prefer the sound to that of my Pioneers.
post #130 of 2387
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Originally Posted by willbagner View Post

Now that the new firmware is out, has anyone tried the iPhone app? Can you control Pandora, internet radio, local music files, playlists, etc from the remote app? Anyone have any opinion on how well it works?

Basically the iphone app can duplicate everything that you can control in the on screen menu with you remote control. You can select Net/USB as your source and then you go into the sub menu which looks essentially identical to what you see on the screen. Or you can simply use the app subscreen with arrow keys to control the on screen menu.
post #131 of 2387
Where do you get the firmware update? Is this receiver like the SR7001 where you had to send it in to service for a basic firmware update? I am really leaning toward this receiver to replace my SR7001.
post #132 of 2387
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Originally Posted by DblHelix View Post

Where do you get the firmware update? Is this receiver like the SR7001 where you had to send it in to service for a basic firmware update? I am really leaning toward this receiver to replace my SR7001.

If the receiver is connected to the internet, it checks automatically and tells you if there is a new firmware available for download. If you click yes, it will download and install it. You can disable this feature and look manually if you want.
post #133 of 2387
Has anyone discovered discreet on/off power codes to use with a universal remote for this receiver? It would be a shame if there was only a power toggle command for a receiver of this price range.
post #134 of 2387
SR5005 has discrete codes. I used SR5004 codes Logitech Harmony has and they work fine. I am sure SR7005 has the same codes.
post #135 of 2387
Thanks for the prompt response.
post #136 of 2387
Got my Marantz SR7005 to replace the Pioneer Elite SC-37 that I returned due to faulty Pre-Amp Ports. I'm a newbie to high quality sound, so take that into account, but here's my opinion so far:



SR7005 Pros:
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- In general cooler looking than the SC-37; much lighter but very solidly built and more pleasing aesthetically. Honestly I think I have a better impression of build quality of the Marantz over the SC-37, though it's close. You can hide the majority of the front panel if you want (personally I keep it open as I like to see everything). It also has some neat lighting effects if its open...for example a little knob gets a red border in pure direct mode.

- The SC-37 could not be plugged into my APC J15 power conditioner/battery backup. It would literally make the APC unit alarm and reboot a DVR connected to it because of the current inrush. (It's possible this was related to the unit being defective, though I doubt it.) The SR7005 has had no such issues and doesn't even cause the APC to alarm - plays great with it, so my power issues are resolved. =)

- The SR7005 and SC-37 sound COMPLETELY different. When I finally got the SC-37 calibrated correctly (my subs are built into the mains so can be configured via speaker wire only), it sounded good...very dynamic with music and such, but also very bright, to the effect voices sometimes were razor sharp and almost distractingly so. The SR7005 has a much warmer sound and is more akin to what I identify as the sound I hear in movie theaters. While sometimes a little warmer than I'm used to (either receiver would take some getting used to from a low-budget sound system), I'm much preferring the Marantz's more mellow sound in general for my particular taste. This could go either way depending on what you like.

- The menu of the SR7005 is quite a bit more convenient than the SC-37's. For the SC-37, it actually more or less switches to another input to get there and is text-only and very cold. For the SR7005, it just overlays on top, making it much faster, and it's also nicer looking with somoe color (though not as nice looking as the new Denon screenshots).

- Some of the front ports and such on the SR7005 seem better thought out. For example, there's stereo + composite RCA inputs, which could be handy for me.

- The SC-37 had only one subwoofer output (nonworking though mine was), whereas the SR7005 has two, which is nice if you have multiple subs. I'm using front speakers with the subs built in, and this allows me to run LFE to both without using a splitter, as I would have had to done with the SC-37.

- Audyssey was much more straight forward than MCACC for me. MCACC kept messing up with my subs built in because I didn't realize you had to turn the LFE volume all the way up. (This might not have been the case had I been able to connect LFE to the preamps, but that being an impossibility due to the defect, I had to use speaker wire only). I probably recalibrated with MCACC at least 6 times before getting an acceptable result. Audyssey got me set up the first time (and I didn't even do all six positions yet - only did one, but I will be doing the 6). Aydyssey's also a bit more customizable in some areas and a bit more straightforward in others.

- Backlight button on the Marantz remote is easier to find/use than the Pioneers as it's more like a trigger on the side of the remote than a top button.

- There's a rumor that this receiver may someday support AirPlay, which would mean iTunes streaming - I'm hopeful for this feature (but it's not here yet).



Cons:
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- At the moment my BD and Tivo will not output via the SR7005, and only my DirecTV HR20 is working wth it properly. This is likely due to an old Sony rear-projection (2003 or so) TV with one of the first HDMI standards. It just won't sync up. The TV is being replaced Monday, or that would be a more major problem. I'm told I shouldn't have any issue with a newer TV. The Pioneer had no problem with my current TV via HDMI.

- Since a new TV's coming, I wouldn't have bothered with this anyway, but it appears the SR7005 can't take an HDMI signal and output it to Component. So in short, if I did need to wire my connections differently, I couldn't wire my components to the receiver via HDMI either. I'm not sure if the SC-37 would have been able to do this or not. Not a huge con, but might be something to consider.

- The Marantz scared me as the firmware update hung at 1 minute remaining for a few hours. I eventually reset power to it, and it continued and finished updating just fine. I was told by Marantz support if the network connection fails even a little, this can happen, so they recommend to use wired connections only for firmware update as this could potentially hose a unit. I've confirmed the network was the problem (new router that kept dropping connection) and since fixed it (not the Marantz's fault, but it should have better built-in recovery instead of requiring a potentially dangerous hard reset).

- The remote control seems to be more finicky angle-wise, etc., than the Pioneer's was. The SC-37, you could just about hold the remote backwards and it would still work. The SR7005 you have to point very carefully.

- The SR7005 doesn't have quite as many fancy listening modes of the Pioneer (ie. Classical, Arena, etc.), but it has all the major ones (Pro Logic II, Neo6, Neural). This might be a con if you like adding effects to your sources, but honestly for me it was just something to play with once and a while out of curiosity, not to leave on,

- Internet radio doesn't support Sirius Internet Streaming on the SR7005, which the SC-37 did support. Also, NEITHER receiver supports an iPad - only iPods or iPhones are supported.



Summary:
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All in all, I'm very pleased by this receiver so far, and I can honestly say in my limited experience I like it much better than the SC-37. Barring any HDMI problems with the new set (which is the only showstopper with my present setup but will hopefully be a non-issue), it's a keeper. =)

If anyone else has any questions that I can answer, by all means ask.
post #137 of 2387
Please excuse my ignorance on this as I am new to the hobby, I am trying to figure out if the 7005 allows a hdmi passthrough (running my cable box through the 7005 to my tv with the power off to the 7005), reading the manual on line I am not sure how to do this, can some one tell me if the 7005 is capable to do this, and if so, what are the settings, thanks
post #138 of 2387
SR7005 owners, What are your opinions on the build quality?

Thanks
post #139 of 2387
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Originally Posted by panzer View Post

Please excuse my ignorance on this as I am new to the hobby, I am trying to figure out if the 7005 allows a hdmi passthrough (running my cable box through the 7005 to my tv with the power off to the 7005), reading the manual on line I am not sure how to do this, can some one tell me if the 7005 is capable to do this, and if so, what are the settings, thanks

Yes, it appears it does. When in Standby (only the red standby light lit on the receiver), if I turn on the TV, the picture appears from the device I was last on (I'm assuming as with my old TV, only my DirecTV box is working at this time, but it's definitely outputting). I get picture...obviously no sound comes from the receiver/surround system, but if I turn on the TV speakers, I do get sound from them. Hope this helps.
post #140 of 2387
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Originally Posted by MXM View Post

SR7005 owners, What are your opinions on the build quality?

I'm quite pleased with it. Compared to the Pioneer SC-37 I tried and had to send back, it's significantly lighter and easier to deal with but very solid and in some senses (maybe simply the aesthetics) feels somehow better to me while being easier to manage at the same time.

The back layout is quite nice - if I had any criticism, the binding posts are a tad more cramped than the (bigger) SC-37, so getting everything connected was slightly trickier (I have some pretty thick speaker wire with right angle banana adapters that made things a bit more difficult, which is probably the only reason I had any issues).

Overall I really don't have any complaints, and it feels like a very high quality unit to me despite its light weight.
post #141 of 2387
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Originally Posted by PGriff1051 View Post

Ok, well I called a local dealer here in Ma today and they had two in stock. Got a very good deal on it. Quickly hooked it up, replacing my Denon 4810 and put in some music.

Initial thoughts

1) I need to use the remote codes on the Marantz site to program my Pronto. The codes in the Pronto database work maybe 75%. Hell the DSS code is BD on the 7005. Maybe use the Denon codes?
2) The sound is fantasic especially using my Emotiva UPA-1's across the front
3) No HDMI issue with either my DirectTV box or my Oppo BD player...anti UMC-1
4) Volume on the display is great
5) Freaking beautiful

Basically, close to my 4810 in features with better sound.

OMG you have NO idea how much I wanted to hear that!!!!

I was racking my brains out trying to decided between the Denon 4810 and 4311 and then when a few people got the 4311 and gave their reviews of it they stated that the sound was "thin" and "brash"...

I just about died!

I am coming from a Harman Kardon and LOVE the HK sound...

So having you say that the sound on this 7005 is better than your 4810 made my day!!!

post #142 of 2387
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Originally Posted by olli66 View Post

SR7005 sucks big time!!! And the customer support is the worst EVER.
I have a lot of the problems mentioned here. But biggest problem: My Marantz stereo amplifier which is integrated into my surround system responds to the remote as well and the other way around. This makes watching a movie impossible. I turn up the volume on my surround receiver and the volume on the stereo amplifier goes up, too. So the front left and right channels get MUCH louder. I got the worst of solutions from Marantz.
It is not possible to change remote codes or whatever.
Also I cannot connect my HTPC with Auzentech Home Theater HD card propably. High definition audio (DTS-master and Dolby True HD) does not get recognized.
So it may be a HDCP issue.
Cannot setup the wireless network connection as well.
I hate this receiver...

You "hate" this receiver because its remote runs another Marantz product also?

I guess, to be fair, almost all of the few short-comings I have been reading in this thread regarding the 7005 are things that really don't matter to me...

The one that matters to me is comparing it to the Denon 3311, when I wished it would be more like the 4311 - with just much better sound.... 125W vs. 140W withstanding...
post #143 of 2387
Pologuy, re the 140W, the Pioneer SC-37 I had was also 140W. I only had used it a few days, but using the SR7005 directly after, I notice no appreciable difference - volume goes up plenty high cleanly for me, more than I'll likely ever use.

Olli66, can't comment on your other issues, but I've got the networking with this going quite well at this point. I had initial problems, but it was with the configuration of my router/bridge, not the Marantz, so I'd check into that first.
post #144 of 2387
Oh, and one other positive for the SR7005 - I was having a lot of audio dropouts with the Pioneer on certain channels - very annoying ones the whole time I used it. So far, I haven't noticed this with the Marantz. Could have been a coincidence...could be the defective Pioneer...could be a processing difference - can't say for sure.
post #145 of 2387
I REALLY like everything I have read so far regarding this 7005!!!

And, damn it's good looking! lol

post #146 of 2387
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Originally Posted by sgupta View Post

I'm quite pleased with it. Compared to the Pioneer SC-37 I tried and had to send back, it's significantly lighter and easier to deal with but very solid and in some senses (maybe simply the aesthetics) feels somehow better to me while being easier to manage at the same time.

The back layout is quite nice - if I had any criticism, the binding posts are a tad more cramped than the (bigger) SC-37, so getting everything connected was slightly trickier (I have some pretty thick speaker wire with right angle banana adapters that made things a bit more difficult, which is probably the only reason I had any issues).

Overall I really don't have any complaints, and it feels like a very high quality unit to me despite its light weight.

Thanks for your feedback!
post #147 of 2387
A few more observations about the SR7005:

- Still quite happy with this receiver! Going to rerun Audyssey tonight (this time using all the suggested points instead of just one). =)

- The big breakthrough as of yesterday is that, with my old TV, all devices are now working! I'm not sure why, honestly. It could have been something to do with the firmware update the other day, or perhaps something else that updated in the system, but I can watch everything now without issue or sync problems. =)

- I'm a natural sound sort of guy, so my favorite "mode" thus far is to use Auto (to pick how it handles stereo or Dolby or what have you) and actually turn OFF the Audyssey EQ/Dynamic EQ. But I'm still experimenting with this. I of course do let Audyssey set speaker distance/levels, etc. The sound achieved with Audyssey MultEQ XT off gives me supersmooth voices that sound completely natural. Turning it on (again, I only calibrated for ONE position so far, which is not recommended - I'll revisit once I recalibrate) results in more dynamic sound with more bass, but voices don't sound as natural. I almost detect a note of reverb. At any rate, this is just *my* preference so far. It sounds good either way (and probably better with some music with the EQ on) - I just find EQ off lets the source do the talking more. I may change my tune after I run Aydyssey again properly.

- This does have a Manual EQ mode if you want to tune the equalizer yourself. I'm not good enough with EQ's to do this yet, but I might experiement. I like it bettter than MCACC's system as you can choose to do all speakers at once, or do them individually - with MCACC as far as I know you had to do it individually.

- I really like that this has stereo + composite inputs on the front of the unit. I'm using my iPad with a program that lets me listen to Sirius through this as I type this. It might not be as high fidelity as digital, but it still sounds pretty good.

- Network functions are kind of cool, but not my favorite implementation (ie. I'd rather use my BD player's or a Tivo). Being able to update firmware via the Internet is great, and I like the Wizz app that lets an iPod/iPad/iPhone work as a remote, as well as computer interaction, but it's still clunky - BD players seem to be more refined with this stuff. I had the same experience with the SC-37 (if not worse). Still, it works well for the important stuff, but I'm going to choose other methods for media streaming as it's faster and less hassle.

- I'm planning on picking up the RX101 BluTooth adapter. This should one-up the connection to the front stereo ports by letting me stream digitally from the iPad (or laptop). Should be neat for iTunes (since AirPlay is not yet available) and provide better quality than an analog cable. I'll give my feedback if I get one.

Not much else to report right now. I'm getting more familiar with the menus and what I can do, so getting faster at all of it.
post #148 of 2387
SharkMX,

Have you tried using the component inputs from a source with the HDMI output to your monitor? I'd like to use the Zone-2 video and audio outputs for the bedroom TV and use the monitor-1 HDMI for the Main Zone (living room).
post #149 of 2387
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Originally Posted by Leaper1998 View Post

SharkMX,

Have you tried using the component inputs from a source with the HDMI output to your monitor? I'd like to use the Zone-2 video and audio outputs for the bedroom TV and use the monitor-1 HDMI for the Main Zone (living room).

All of my sources (Blu-Ray player, Cable Box, Media Player, etc.) are hooked up to the receiver via HDMI. I don't have anything wired via component at the moment.
post #150 of 2387
Well, all, I ran Audyssey CORRECTLY last night on the SR7005 using a tripod for the microphone and all eight points as suggested in the most excellent Audyssey guide (I suggest doing it to the letter), and I have to say the results are astounding. I used their suggestion to put down the recliner seatback for my main listening position, and then I didn't have room for the "standard" 7 and 8 measurements, so I used their suggestion of putting them right in front of the listening position between 123, and 456 (you'll understand if you look at the guide).

Whereas before (with the quick and dirty calibration) I mentioned I didn't prefer Audyssey to MultEQ XT completely off, I can honestly say while still a close call, I now prefer it WITH Audyssey.

This calibration, voices sound natural and the reverb I mentioned is gone, and music is just a bit more dynamic. The most obvious difference between Audyssey and the EQ off is low quality sources, background noise, and volume. Audyssey does something amazing here - somehow it preserves the good sound quality, seems to eliminate background noise for low quality sources (ie. feels like higher resolution sound from CDs/MP3s), makes everything just a touch more dynamic/dramatic, and somehow makes it so you can hear everything, and it sounds right, without the volume getting either too low or too high. I wouldn't have thought this possible!

I was sure I was going to go the purist approach til I heard this after the new calibration, and now I'm honestly leaning towards Audyssey, which I didn't expect. It was that dead on.

There's still something to say about EQ off, and in a way it still sounds *slightly* more natural. BUT, the tradeoff for that almost negligible naturalness is much more volume disparity (ie. if I'm watching a movie much more raising and lowering of the volume to suit the scene) and low-quality sources not sounding as clear, crisp, or dynamic. Seems hardly a tradeoff.

Not much else to report about the Marantz except that I'm loving the thing. =) Very glad I gave this brand a try!
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