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Originally Posted by r1rider View Post

Well apparently it doesn't have anything to do with the speaker wire. It shut down somewhere between 10 & 15 minutes as I wasn't in the room when it shut down.

Have you tried another outlet? Thinking maybe there is a surge. However, I would contacting the dealer too to cover all bases. I had a Cambridge Azur 650r that would have codec pops and would also show snow on the TV and loud static white noise. Sent it in and got the f/w updared. Most of the pops went away but the picture would still go out but this time with no white noise and it would randomly turn off for no reason. I replaced with an MRX 700 and have had none of those issues although I have had a few different issues that were random.
post #13082 of 16449
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Originally Posted by Yosh70 View Post

I was going to suggest that as well until I read his complete post....
Yosh70. I noticed that you have the PB13-ULTRA as your profile picture. I have a new one with my MRX 700. They sound terrific together, but was just curious - what port set-up are you using the sub with? I have them all open and have not tried any other configurations.

Thanks!

Dave
post #13083 of 16449
Bump for any answers.

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Originally Posted by msgdsrf View Post

Great info here. I now have a MRX500 on the way. (replacing my old B&K AVR307) (NHT Classic 3 front, Monitor Audio Bipole rear, and M&K V75II Sub)
Question about setup. As a source, DirectTV ouputs 1080p at 24 frames and my Monitor (Sony) only works 1080p at 60 so at this point I'm at 1080i because of the frame thing. (Though both TV and source are 1080p)
Could the upscalng on the Anthem work to resolve this issue, with the output set to 1080p/60? Would the Satellite receiver "see" this upscaling and allow the setting of 1080p?
Anyone with any experience or knowledge who could share would be great.
post #13084 of 16449
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Originally Posted by msgdsrf View Post

Bump for any answers.
Hi, direct TV broadcast in 1080p/24 but the direct tv receiver detects your TV's highest resolution and will send in 1080i if your tv can't do 1080p/24, so it's the direct tv box that is outputting 1080i because the tv can't do 1080p/24 (even if the tv can do 1080p/60). Since the MRX can upconvert 1080i to 1080p by right it should take the 1080i signal that your direct tv box is outputting and upconvert it to 1080p and send to your TV as 1080p/60. Set the MRX resolution to 1080p
post #13085 of 16449
Thanks. That may work well enough.

I was thinking maybe the DirectTV Satellite box would "see" 1080p/24 at the MRX if not set to "through" and allow the 1080p setting. Guess I'll find out either way, just nice to know ahead.
post #13086 of 16449
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Originally Posted by rwheelwright View Post

Have you tried another outlet? Thinking maybe there is a surge. However, I would contacting the dealer too to cover all bases. I had a Cambridge Azur 650r that would have codec pops and would also show snow on the TV and loud static white noise. Sent it in and got the f/w updared. Most of the pops went away but the picture would still go out but this time with no white noise and it would randomly turn off for no reason. I replaced with an MRX 700 and have had none of those issues although I have had a few different issues that were random.

I did try another outlet this morning with the same results. After being on a little over 10 minutes, it shuts down. I have left a message for the dealer to call me - not sure if they are open today or not.
post #13087 of 16449
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Originally Posted by r1rider View Post

I did try another outlet this morning with the same results. After being on a little over 10 minutes, it shuts down. I have left a message for the dealer to call me - not sure if they are open today or not.

Definitely time for a replacement then.
post #13088 of 16449
I got a new receiver from the dealer and will be setting up tomorrow. Hopefully with better results smile.gif
post #13089 of 16449
Shutting Down.
Did you ever check the timer in the setup menu?
post #13090 of 16449
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Originally Posted by msgdsrf View Post

Shutting Down.
Did you ever check the timer in the setup menu?

I never did give that a try. Just curious why it would say, "Amp protection, shutting down" if it was just a timer?
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Hi Gents...we like using our i Pod & dock for quick and easy music listening as we did with my Yamaha rxv1800...At the moment I am considering the mrx300 or 500....I know the latter unit has USB ports...to connect my i Pod & access my music files or folders?Just looking to simplify things for the wife & kids.....anybody have any experience using a i Pod with 300 or will I have to step up to the 500 for this feature?

Any help would make my buying decision somewhat easier...Thanks!

Re: Bill...smile.gif
post #13092 of 16449
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

Hi Gents...we like using our i Pod & dock for quick and easy music listening as we did with my Yamaha rxv1800...At the moment I am considering the mrx300 or 500....I know the latter unit has USB ports...to connect my i Pod & access my music files or folders?Just looking to simplify things for the wife & kids.....anybody have any experience using a i Pod with 300 or will I have to step up to the 500 for this feature?
Any help would make my buying decision somewhat easier...Thanks!
Re: Bill...smile.gif

If you connect the iPod via the iPod cable to the 500's usb port, you can browse the music, folders, etc. using the remote. Not sure if works with the latest generation iPhone or iPod but it worked with my 4th gen iPod Nano.
post #13093 of 16449
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Originally Posted by audit13 View Post

If you connect the iPod via the iPod cable to the 500's usb port, you can browse the music, folders, etc. using the remote. Not sure if works with the latest generation iPhone or iPod but it worked with my 4th gen iPod Nano.

Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to hear...I just sold the yammy yesterday...gonna take advantage of some of the current boxing day sales on Anthem products....but most of all...excited to hear what ARC will do for my set up....smile.gif

Cheers...Bill...
post #13094 of 16449
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to hear...I just sold the yammy yesterday...gonna take advantage of some of the current boxing day sales on Anthem products....but most of all...excited to hear what ARC will do for my set up....smile.gif
Cheers...Bill...

Enjoy. Have you checked out Gibbys Electronics for pricing?
post #13095 of 16449
No...being in Markham the closet hits for Anthem are in Whiby, Newmarket and Concord....I called all 3 locations and all but 2 gave me prices the one that didn't... well you know.wink.gif

Where exactly is Gibbys located in the GTA?smile.gif
post #13096 of 16449
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

No...being in Markham the closet hits for Anthem are in Whiby, Newmarket and Concord....I called all 3 locations and all but 2 gave me prices the one that didn't... well you know.wink.gif
Where exactly is Gibbys located in the GTA?smile.gif

Gibby's is in St. Catherines.

Sorry, I should have paid more attention to your location. It's pretty far away from you.

http://www.gibbysaudiovideo.com/
post #13097 of 16449
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Originally Posted by audit13 View Post

Gibby's is in St. Catherines.
Sorry, I should have paid more attention to your location. It's pretty far away from you.
http://www.gibbysaudiovideo.com/


No problem....sounds like most dealers are offering ~20% off...judging by some of quotes I received....cool.gif

Looks like I'll be hitting the road tomorrow...biggrin.gif
Thanks again...smile.gif
post #13098 of 16449
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

No problem....sounds like most dealers are offering ~20% off...judging by some of quotes I received....cool.gif
Looks like I'll be hitting the road tomorrow...biggrin.gif
Thanks again...smile.gif

If you don't really need the usb input and vtuner, the 300 would be fine with a media player such as the Pivos Aios which has hdmi out.

I have this particular player and save my music on a removable drive (portable hard drive and/or usb flash drive). I connect the Pivos via HDMI to one of the MRX's hdmi inputs and I stream music that way. I have used my Pivos to play hi-rez flac, MP3, and multichannel flac through my MRX.
post #13099 of 16449
Question for those of you that use vtuner. I finally hooked up and Ethernet cable and played around for a few. Everything I listened to sounded distorted. Anybody notice this? I don't listen to too much music down there but I was curious if anybody else noticed this.
post #13100 of 16449
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Originally Posted by audit13 View Post

If you don't really need the usb input and vtuner, the 300 would be fine with a media player such as the Pivos Aios which has hdmi out.
I have this particular player and save my music on a removable drive (portable hard drive and/or usb flash drive). I connect the Pivos via HDMI to one of the MRX's hdmi inputs and I stream music that way. I have used my Pivos to play hi-rez flac, MP3, and multichannel flac through my MRX.

Thanks for the heads up....yeah....I'd be fine with the 300...I'll look into that Pivos Media centre....appreciate all the help!!

Regards, Bill...smile.gif
post #13101 of 16449
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Originally Posted by rwheelwright View Post

Question for those of you that use vtuner. I finally hooked up and Ethernet cable and played around for a few. Everything I listened to sounded distorted. Anybody notice this? I don't listen to too much music down there but I was curious if anybody else noticed this.

Not so far.
John
post #13102 of 16449
Hello all

My first post and I'm in need of some help.....! I'll be brief.....
Basically, I've been using an Onkyo 989 for the last 10 years or so. I decided to get "modern" (I really wanted to use HDMI to reduce clutter!) and did some research according to my available budget, and narrowed it down to the Onkyo 818 or the MRX300. I chose the 300 because of the good reviews, and I don't need networking or USB etc..... I have an Apple TV for all that.

I listened to the 700 which was on demo, and was really impressed. The dealer told me the differences between the 300 and 700 were networking, USB and more power..... but he also said for my room the 300 power would be more than enough.

I bought it yesterday and did a set-up, but did not run ARC as I'm waiting for a friend who has an old fashioned PC with RS232..... I use a Mac, and can't run the software (unless I partition and buy Windows!!).

After testing the radio, playing Avatar on BluRay, checking out some iTunes trailers and playing some of my own music I have to say I am very disappointed. The 989 literally blows the 300 away. The 300 is really, really soft. It has no slam, attack, whatever you want to call it. It's like it's not even trying to make my sub work as it can.

Unfortunately the dealer has a "no refund, no exchange on used" policy.... I expect he'll consider my unit used, though only for a few hours.

I can't see that running ARC will make much of a difference. The problem is lack of power.... it just doesn't have any oomph, and that translates into a really tepid listening experience at home, far different to what I experienced with the 700 demo in the dealers store.

Do any of you have any tips, as it looks like I'm stuck with it?

Many thanks.... oh, and please don't offence at this "criticism" of Anthem..... it sounded great at the dealer..... I just can't get anything like that sound at home.
post #13103 of 16449
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Originally Posted by salty777 View Post

Hello all
My first post and I'm in need of some help.....! I'll be brief.....
Basically, I've been using an Onkyo 989 for the last 10 years or so. I decided to get "modern" (I really wanted to use HDMI to reduce clutter!) and did some research according to my available budget, and narrowed it down to the Onkyo 818 or the MRX300. I chose the 300 because of the good reviews, and I don't need networking or USB etc..... I have an Apple TV for all that.
I listened to the 700 which was on demo, and was really impressed. The dealer told me the differences between the 300 and 700 were networking, USB and more power..... but he also said for my room the 300 power would be more than enough.
I bought it yesterday and did a set-up, but did not run ARC as I'm waiting for a friend who has an old fashioned PC with RS232..... I use a Mac, and can't run the software (unless I partition and buy Windows!!).
After testing the radio, playing Avatar on BluRay, checking out some iTunes trailers and playing some of my own music I have to say I am very disappointed. The 989 literally blows the 300 away. The 300 is really, really soft. It has no slam, attack, whatever you want to call it. It's like it's not even trying to make my sub work as it can.
Unfortunately the dealer has a "no refund, no exchange on used" policy.... I expect he'll consider my unit used, though only for a few hours.
I can't see that running ARC will make much of a difference. The problem is lack of power.... it just doesn't have any oomph, and that translates into a really tepid listening experience at home, far different to what I experienced with the 700 demo in the dealers store.
Do any of you have any tips, as it looks like I'm stuck with it?
Many thanks.... oh, and please don't offence at this "criticism" of Anthem..... it sounded great at the dealer..... I just can't get anything like that sound at home.

I think it would be best to wait until you run ARC before drawing a conclusion. It can make a huge difference.

Were you feeding the MRX via hdmi, optical, or analog? For best results, hdmi is the way to go IMHO.
post #13104 of 16449
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Originally Posted by salty777 View Post

Hello all
My first post and I'm in need of some help.....! I'll be brief.....
Basically, I've been using an Onkyo 989 for the last 10 years or so. I decided to get "modern" (I really wanted to use HDMI to reduce clutter!) and did some research according to my available budget, and narrowed it down to the Onkyo 818 or the MRX300. I chose the 300 because of the good reviews, and I don't need networking or USB etc..... I have an Apple TV for all that.
I listened to the 700 which was on demo, and was really impressed. The dealer told me the differences between the 300 and 700 were networking, USB and more power..... but he also said for my room the 300 power would be more than enough.
I bought it yesterday and did a set-up, but did not run ARC as I'm waiting for a friend who has an old fashioned PC with RS232..... I use a Mac, and can't run the software (unless I partition and buy Windows!!).
After testing the radio, playing Avatar on BluRay, checking out some iTunes trailers and playing some of my own music I have to say I am very disappointed. The 989 literally blows the 300 away. The 300 is really, really soft. It has no slam, attack, whatever you want to call it. It's like it's not even trying to make my sub work as it can.
Unfortunately the dealer has a "no refund, no exchange on used" policy.... I expect he'll consider my unit used, though only for a few hours.
I can't see that running ARC will make much of a difference. The problem is lack of power.... it just doesn't have any oomph, and that translates into a really tepid listening experience at home, far different to what I experienced with the 700 demo in the dealers store.
Do any of you have any tips, as it looks like I'm stuck with it?
Many thanks.... oh, and please don't offence at this "criticism" of Anthem..... it sounded great at the dealer..... I just can't get anything like that sound at home.

I'm not sure what others would say, but I would at least give ARC chance here before returning.

"It's like it's not even trying to make my sub work as it can."

The power supplied by the 300 would not even be related to this issue as I would assume you're using a powered sub of some sort.
post #13105 of 16449
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Originally Posted by audit13 View Post

I think it would be best to wait until you run ARC before drawing a conclusion. It can make a huge difference.
Were you feeding the MRX via hdmi, optical, or analog? For best results, hdmi is the way to go IMHO.

Thanks Audit.... I was using HDMI (that was one of the reasons to say goodbye to the 989!). The difference ARC makes is going to have to be massive!
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Originally Posted by dacaesar View Post

I'm not sure what others would say, but I would at least give ARC chance here before returning.
"It's like it's not even trying to make my sub work as it can."
The power supplied by the 300 would not even be related to this issue as I would assume you're using a powered sub of some sort.

Thanks Dacaesar.... the sub has its own amp (not sure what size, it's a Mirage LF150, pretty old too but still kicks out some hefty bass!! The 300 doesn't make it slam. I'm wondering if I got a wire wrong somewhere? I can't remember why, but with the old set-up I had connected a 'Y' connector to the sub cable, and it went into both the normal and the bypass connectors on the back of the sub... no idea why I rigged it like that... I think it was so I could control analogue sources as the 989 would only set the sub for digital sources.
post #13106 of 16449
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Originally Posted by salty777 View Post

Thanks Audit.... I was using HDMI (that was one of the reasons to say goodbye to the 989!). The difference ARC makes is going to have to be massive!
Thanks Dacaesar.... the sub has its own amp (not sure what size, it's a Mirage LF150, pretty old too but still kicks out some hefty bass!! The 300 doesn't make it slam. I'm wondering if I got a wire wrong somewhere? I can't remember why, but with the old set-up I had connected a 'Y' connector to the sub cable, and it went into both the normal and the bypass connectors on the back of the sub... no idea why I rigged it like that... I think it was so I could control analogue sources as the 989 would only set the sub for digital sources.

By not running ARC, the MRX is playing the sub in an "as-is" or unequalized state. This may be how your sub actually sounds without any equalization. ARC will measure your sub's in-room frequency and adjust it to get an performance.

Have you played with your sub's controls such as bypassing the crossover, changing phase, input sensitivity or output volume?

Also, try feeding a single rca cable from the MRX to the sub's by-pass input.
Edited by audit13 - 12/30/12 at 9:33am
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Well I just arrived home with my new mrx300 and quickly hooked up my CD player and tunner section...sonically it plays as loud as my yammy....I can't wait to get the ARC implemented...woohoo...smile.gif

Opted for the 300 over the 500 because I'll likely be picking up Apple TV for my music files/folders and Netfix streaming...dealer said not much difference between the 300 & 500 the 700...OTOH has a superior amp section...but was way outta my confort zone(cost wise)...all I know is my Ascend Towers sound very happy thus far.biggrin.gif
post #13108 of 16449
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

Well I just arrived home with my new mrx300 and quickly hooked up my CD player and tunner section...sonically it plays as loud as my yammy....I can't wait to get the ARC implemented...woohoo...smile.gif
Opted for the 300 over the 500 because I'll likely be picking up Apple TV for my music files/folders and Netfix streaming...dealer said not much difference between the 300 & 500 the 700...OTOH likely has a superior amp section...but was way outta my confort zone(cost wise)...all I know is my Ascend Towers sound very happy thus far.biggrin.gif

If you think it sounds good now, wait until ARC kicks in.

Why Yamaha did you have before?

One thing I found that told me how good this receiver is was this: using my MRX for a month, going back to my Onkyo for a few hours, and then going back to the MRX.
post #13109 of 16449
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Originally Posted by audit13 View Post

By not running ARC, the MRX is playing the sub in an "as-is" or unequalized state. This may be how your sub actually sounds without any equalization. ARC will measure your sub's in-room frequency and adjust it to get an performance.
Have you played with your sub's controls such as bypassing the crossover, changing phase, input sensitivity or output volume?
Also, try feeding a single rca cable from the MRX to the sub's by-pass input.

Thanks again Audit. I plugged just the RCA into the sub's by-pass input. I set speakers as small, 80hz..... the subwoofer section was greyed out and marked "ON". Can't do anything there for some reason.

The dealer is adamant using ARC will improve things, but has offered to exchange it and I'm likely to go for the Intgra 50.4..... which I know is an Onkyo 818 but will cost me $500 more! Stupid, eh?? Unfortunately the dealer doesn't do Onkyo, and won't refund, so exchange is my only option. frown.gif
post #13110 of 16449
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Originally Posted by salty777 View Post

Thanks again Audit. I plugged just the RCA into the sub's by-pass input. I set speakers as small, 80hz..... the subwoofer section was greyed out and marked "ON". Can't do anything there for some reason.
The dealer is adamant using ARC will improve things, but has offered to exchange it and I'm likely to go for the Intgra 50.4..... which I know is an Onkyo 818 but will cost me $500 more! Stupid, eh?? Unfortunately the dealer doesn't do Onkyo, and won't refund, so exchange is my only option. frown.gif

If you have not run ARC yet - how have you checked the Sound Levels from each speaker & subwoofer? Maybe the MRX is simply not driving the sub as much as your previous AVR, because its not setup eek.gif
After ARC you may have to increase the sub-amp gain if the levels set are too high (+10dB, etc) as that would mean that ARC found the sub to be very quiet.
Tell your friend with the 'old' laptop to get a move on smile.gif
Regards, Mike.
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