Originally Posted by tidwelr1
I also noticed in the manual that it says the standby power consumption is higher when using the pass through feature? It's probably still considerably less than when the receiver is on...correct?
Yes, much less power consumption I would assume. They may be required to mention this in order to get a certain "low energy gold star award", maybe, I don't know.
Iin terms of the cross over options. It seems like many on the boards have said something about setting all the speakers to "small" regardless of what audessey says. Do u disagree with that?
Yes I agree, use "small" if you have a subwoofer. Just don't change the crossover to a lower frequency than it suggests.
Im just now starting the process of reading the audessey board but I'm interested in your opinion. By the way, I in no way find the dialogue coming from this receiver to be as described in the "what hifi"review we discussed preciously so thanks for that. The guy who sold me my new Monitor Audio speakers said the marantz would help with removing the edge from the sound you might experience with other receivers and I definitely agree after doing an A/B test with the same material.
If you are hearing differences I personally think it is "Audyssey XT" and/or your particular mic placement you are hearing, not "Marantz", per se. The amp itself is admirably neutral, as most good amps are, whereas speakers always
sound markedly different from one another,as does even small placement differences of them or the placement of mics used to listen to them for EQ purposes (part of room correction).
Would you attribute the lighter receivers to be from lesser quality or just more efficiency in the way they are built
Never judge electronics by weight. Most competenet designers attempt to increase efficiency, reduce power consumption, and decrease weight (and therefore shipping costs) but there are also designs which are purposefully built heavier than they should, just to dupe people into thinking they are "built like a tank and therefore must be top notch".