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post #13261 of 16451
I don't know if anyone asked this before but when are the new avr's coming out form Anthem.
post #13262 of 16451
^^
I'd be interested to know as well; more so are they going to make a PRE/PRO based on the MRX series. The AVM 50 is out of my price range mad.gif
post #13263 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

I'll run the sub flat when I re run ARC....yeah the sub is soild! The spike with the surrounds is likely due to boundary reinforcement casued by corner loading them as well as being a quad pole design...I'll be looking to swwitch them out in due time. As for the mains...I'll try & move them about and see if that helps as you can see in my pics they have room to breath but its easier to fix a peak than a dip/or null.frown.gif







When setting the sub to flat, you only have to upload the file, not re run ARC.
John
post #13264 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Acaps View Post

^^
I'd be interested to know as well; more so are they going to make a PRE/PRO based on the MRX series. The AVM 50 is out of my price range mad.gif

No pre/pro but you can use them as pre/pros as many have.
John
post #13265 of 16451
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Originally Posted by jsil View Post

I don't know if anyone asked this before but when are the new avr's coming out form Anthem.

Nothing in the wind yet.
John
post #13266 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

I'll run the sub flat when I re run ARC....yeah the sub is soild! The spike with the surrounds is likely due to boundary reinforcement casued by corner loading them as well as being a quad pole design...I'll be looking to swwitch them out in due time. As for the mains...I'll try & move them about and see if that helps as you can see in my pics they have room to breath but its easier to fix a peak than a dip/or null.frown.gif
I noticed you have Axiom QS4 as surrounds. I have Axiom QS8 and have the same peak at 200Hz, so as you said it might just be the quadrapole design. ARC tamed my peak like yours so ARC is doing a really nice job.
post #13267 of 16451
Using a MRX as a Pre/Pro with my external amp does interest me. I have a NAD master series 7*160 amp to drive my Paradigm speakers. How do you guys like your Anthem receivers? What are pro's/con's? How many of you are using it as a Pre/pro, what are your thoughts? Thanks
post #13268 of 16451
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Originally Posted by jrhooper1963 View Post

Thanks to everyone for responding to my post . I respect the opinions of all members of this forum . Although I really don't post on here alot, I do enjoy hanging out here and reading what people have to say. I currently have a Marantz SR5002 paired with a Marantz MM9000 five channel amplifier. I have Sierra One bookshelfs as the front three in my 5.1 system, accompanied by a Velodyne SPL1200R subwoofer. My SR5002 has never given me one ounce of trouble. But it does not even have Audyssey onboard. Just some generic room equalization from Marantz. I tried using it, but the results were way off, so I did it myself with a trusty Radio Shack meter.

I have narrowed my choices down to The Marantz SR7005, the Marantz AV 7005, or the MRX700. I can get either Marantz through Amazon. So I would in effect have a free 30 day trial with either one. If I purchase the MRX 700 from my local dealer and am not satisfied, I would just be stuck with it should I not like it. He also said the MRX 700 has ample power for my 14' x 13' room, and he said I have to decide whether I want to calibrate the MRX700 with or without the amp, because the results would be different. To make my decision even more difficult, the SR7005 is being offered on Amazon for less than a grand, new and sealed from an authorized dealer. The AV 7005 is only a couple hundred dollars more. So now we are talking $500-$700 more for the MRX700. I would appreciate any advice on this matter.

If you went with the AV7005, which amp would you use? Depending on the amp, the AV7005 + amp combo may be much pricier than the 700 alone.
post #13269 of 16451
I already have a Marantz MM9000 5x150 watts per channel amp in my system. This would be the amp I would use withe the AV 7005, and possibly the MRX 700. I would try the Anthem receiver without the amp, just to see how much power it has.
post #13270 of 16451
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Originally Posted by jrhooper1963 View Post

I already have a Marantz MM9000 5x150 watts per channel amp in my system. This would be the amp I would use withe the AV 7005, and possibly the MRX 700. I would try the Anthem receiver without the amp, just to see how much power it has.

I don't think you'll be disappointed. I have a Marantz MM7055 with my Anthem and I wish I had never ordered the external amp.
post #13271 of 16451
I have the MRX 500 and it has a lot of nice features, but I am having a problem with the USB input. I can put a memory stick on it with .WAV files and it reads them fine. But when I attach a WD Passport (external drive) it shows the directory structure.. sometimes. It even shows files... sometimes. But mostly it just sits there and tells me there is not any available media of the right type. I have NTFS on the Passport and it is 2 terabyte. Are there any known issues with using a setup like this?
post #13272 of 16451
I currently have the Marantz AV7005 pre/pro with Audyssey MultXT not XT32 with Emotiva XPA-3 amp and UPA-500 amp and I am just not satisfied with the Audyssey EQ. It is nice with home theater but just sucks the life out of 2 channel music. I bought the MRX-300 about a year ago but it had a few issues as a demo unit and I had a problem using a old PC for the ARC and updating the software but loved the sound of the MRX-300 without EQ.

Has anyone compared the AV7007 with the MRX-300 for two channel as well as the difference in the EQ's for both. I have heard and read where most feel the ARC of the Anthem is as good as XT32? The MRX-300 would be fine for me running as a pre/pro with my Emotiva amps. I don't need the USB nor the internet radio/HD radio. I use the Apple TV Gen 3 for streaming and internet radio plus I never listen to radio period so I would think the 300 would be fine.

I looked into the Denon AVR4520 but don't need all the bells and whistles of the 4520 either. Because of my room I might utilize Pro Logic IIz for heights and run amps to surround backs with a splitter into my amp and send the surround channel info to back speakers. Do to the fact not much out there now or in the future that is dedicated 7.1 nor do I feel it is a format that will take off in Hollywood. I could be wrong but the 300 seems to be a stop gap if I'm wrong. There is a huge price difference between the MRX-300 and the Denon AVR4520 and with the spare money I can upgrade to dual subs and pick up a front projector.

Any comparisons with the Anthem vs. the Marantz AV7005 and Denon AVR4520 would be most helpful. Like I mentioned I did own the Anthem for a month and loved the sound without ARC so I'm pretty sure the ARC will add in even better sound quality.

Thanks,
Ted
post #13273 of 16451
Okay...I ran ARC again this AM with some minor adjustments and I had simliar results. My mains still indicate a null @ ~150hz....the centre channel results I'm very happy with and ARC did a excellent job dialing in my surrunds & overall....BTW...lowering the subs volume did help with slightly smoother results. I did the recommended changes for my sub and used flat, set the LRC at 80hz for movies and 60hz for music....cool.gif.

I'm a tinkering idiot( will try and fix those mains tongue.gif) but for the timing being, I'll just enjoy what I have....

Thanks gents...

Re: Bill..smile.gif
Edited by Billy p - 1/13/13 at 8:03am
post #13274 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

Okay...I ran ARC again this AM with some minor adjustments and I had simliar results. My mains still indicate a null @ ~150hz....the centre channel results I'm very happy with and ARC did a excellent job dialing in my surrunds & overall....BTW...lowering the subs volume did help with slightly smoother results. I did the recommended changes for my sub and used flat, set the LRC at 80hz for movies and 60hz for music....cool.gif.

I'm a tinkering idiot( will try and fix those mains tongue.gif) but for the timing being, I'll just enjoy what I have....

Thanks gents...

Re: Bill..smile.gif

Glad things improved, I suspect what you gave sounds great now!

Did your speaker calibration levels all fall much closer to 0 this time around, now that you lowered your sub volume?

As for movies at 80, I would keep them at what ARC set them at, which as I recall was 60.

Nice work playing, sounds like you are getting a firm grasp on ARC!
post #13275 of 16451
Yeah...before> FL/FR +4, CC +5 with SR/SL+9 ...SUb-8....now FL/FR -2, CC -2 with SR+3,SL+2....Sub is still at -8.

I did set the xover point for moives at 80...I'll set it back to 60...redface.gif
Edited by Billy p - 1/13/13 at 10:00am
post #13276 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Tigger! View Post

As for movies at 80, I would keep them at what ARC set them at, which as I recall was 60.
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

Yeah...before> FL/FR +4, CC +5 with SR/SL+9 ...SUb-8....now FL/FR -2, CC -2 with SR+3,SL+2....Sub is still at -8.

I did set the xover point for moives at 80...I'll set it back to 60...redface.gif
If you run ARC again, turn the volume knob, on your sub, down. You might want to try setting the volume to about the 9 o'clock position. You should try to get the trim, for your sub, to be set to +/-3.
post #13277 of 16451
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Originally Posted by ninja12 View Post

If you run ARC again, turn the volume knob, on your sub, down. You might want to try setting the volume to about the 9 o'clock position. You should try to get the trim, for your sub, to be set to +/-3.

Will do...it was @ 10:00 o'clock position this morning...even when I've used a RSM...sub would always be set around set around (-)4-5 dbs......My sub is corner loaded and I know it really reinforces the bass there but yeah -8 seems a wee bit off. This was the measurment today.



and the one taken yesterday.


Edited by Billy p - 1/13/13 at 10:54am
post #13278 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

Will do...it was @ 10:00 o'clock position this morning...even when I've used a RSM...sub would always be set around set around (-)4-5 dbs......My sub is corner loaded and I know it really reinforces the bass there but yeah -8 seems a wee bit off. This was the measurment today.



and the one taken yesterday.

I would try the 8 o'clock position for your sub's volume. Did you move your sub or perhaps placed the mic in different locations? Your sub's measurement yesterday looks better than it does today. The goal is for ARC to set your sub's cutoff to 120 Hz. It looks like you probably achieved that yesterday; however, I'm not sure that you achieved that with today's measurements.
post #13279 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Jeff Gandy View Post

I have the MRX 500 and it has a lot of nice features, but I am having a problem with the USB input. I can put a memory stick on it with .WAV files and it reads them fine. But when I attach a WD Passport (external drive) it shows the directory structure.. sometimes. It even shows files... sometimes. But mostly it just sits there and tells me there is not any available media of the right type. I have NTFS on the Passport and it is 2 terabyte. Are there any known issues with using a setup like this?

Shouldnt be....is the Passport a powered drive? Is it plugged into the rear USB?

When I had two external powered Seagate HDD's attached to the Oppo, I always noticed it would take a while before recognizing them but it always showed up.
post #13280 of 16451
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Originally Posted by ninja12 View Post

I would try the 8 o'clock position for your sub's volume. Did you move your sub or perhaps placed the mic in different locations? Your sub's measurement yesterday looks better than it does today. The goal is for ARC to set your sub's cutoff to 120 Hz. It looks like you probably achieved that yesterday; however, I'm not sure that you achieved that with today's measurements.

Yes, cut off was set @ 120 yesterday but my subs volume was to high...So, today I ran ARC with the sub gain lowered(10:o'clock)...to set up a new calibration file I did try mic placment as close as possible to those used yesterday. What do you guys recommend....I don't mind doing this until it's right...I'll tell you one thing I listened to my Led Zeppelin celebration day BRD and my sub integrated really well with my mains(best to date).....just wanna thank you guys for all you help & patients just tell me whatI need to do...smile.gif

Here are the 2 target files:


post #13281 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Yosh70 View Post

Shouldnt be....is the Passport a powered drive? Is it plugged into the rear USB?

When I had two external powered Seagate HDD's attached to the Oppo, I always noticed it would take a while before recognizing them but it always showed up.

The Passport does not have external power, just USB. It is very strange how it acts, I will try some other things tonight.

1) Reformatted NTFS, put files on the root, and one folder with files. It read and played them without a problem (about 10 files total).
2) Took the files off the root, added in folders and approximately 50 files. Failed to read files or directory structure.
3) Put files back on the root and deleted all folders. Failed to read files.
4) Reformatted FAT32, failed to read files.
5) Added in folders and files, reads directory structure now but no files.
post #13282 of 16451
Hello. New forum member and new owner of an MRX 300. I would like to get some input from other users on my results with ARC and what I am observing from a sound standpoint after calibration.

Room is very large L-shaped basement theater. Speakers are homemade full-sized Statements towers for L/R and a Statement center. Sub is a 15" Dayton HF sealed in 5 cu/ft. placed below center channel. The MRX 300 is being used as a pre/pro with a 5-channel Parasound 2205 doing amplification.

I am migrating from a Pioneer Elite SC-05 with the MCACC room correction system and everything else has stayed as is, including using the Parasound for amplification. After running ARC, several things stand out in my impression of the sound:

1. ARC has done a great job making the sub/mains transition work well. Bass is very tight and still extends well on movies. In addition, surround sound in movies has excellent separation and dialog is very clear.

2. For all the benefits that ARC has done in the bass region, I cannot say the same for midrange and treble. The Pioneer MCACC system only operates down to about 50 Hz, but what it does to the midrange and treble on my system by adjusting phase and levels seems to work a lot better that what I'm hearing from ARC at the moment. In fact, after running ARC and listening to music, the treble seems very bright and the midrange does not seem as full as with the Pioneer. I have to turn the treble down on the Anthem to -2 to tame the brightness, even on SACDs that did not sound like this before ARC.

So I am very interested in opinions on these graphs. Fire away and feel free to ask questions.



post #13283 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Jeff Gandy View Post

The Passport does not have external power, just USB. It is very strange how it acts, I will try some other things tonight.

1) Reformatted NTFS, put files on the root, and one folder with files. It read and played them without a problem (about 10 files total).
2) Took the files off the root, added in folders and approximately 50 files. Failed to read files or directory structure.
3) Put files back on the root and deleted all folders. Failed to read files.
4) Reformatted FAT32, failed to read files.
5) Added in folders and files, reads directory structure now but no files.

Changed the directory structure around so that it only goes one directory deep... in other words I could not do artist, and then a folder for each album under that artist. I had to do a folder for each album.

Now it reads the name of the .wav files, but when you attempt to play them it says "nothing to play". A royal PITA.
post #13284 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Jeff Gandy View Post

Changed the directory structure around so that it only goes one directory deep... in other words I could not do artist, and then a folder for each album under that artist. I had to do a folder for each album.

Now it reads the name of the .wav files, but when you attempt to play them it says "nothing to play". A royal PITA.

Interesting... I'm not sure how much power the USB ports on the MRX have. It may be that it struggling with not enough power on the unpowered drive. Though that thought would seem to make more sense before it saw the files. I've only ever played MP3's off of a memory stick. Have you:

1) Tried MP3's on the drive to see if they work?
2) Tried the Wav files on a memory stick to see if they work there?
post #13285 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Billy p View Post

Yes, cut off was set @ 120 yesterday but my subs volume was to high...So, today I ran ARC with the sub gain lowered(10:o'clock)...to set up a new calibration file I did try mic placment as close as possible to those used yesterday. What do you guys recommend....I don't mind doing this until it's right...I'll tell you one thing I listened to my Led Zeppelin celebration day BRD and my sub integrated really well with my mains(best to date).....just wanna thank you guys for all you help & patients just tell me whatI need to do...smile.gif

Here are the 2 target files:



I second Ninja12, your sub is still up to high! Probably more around 8 o'clock as Ninja suggested.

Also, I second his thoughts that yesterdays run looks better than today's. His guess that the targets move lower on the sub are confirmed by your screen shots. Yesterday things were naturally at 120, today the look to be at 80 on the sub.

If you can move the sub out from the corner a bit, that would likely help some. Otherwise I'm curious why things have changed so dramatically. Adjusting the subs level should not have changed the general curve of the sub (normally).

Post up graphs and targets once your play a bit and turn the sub down further smile.gif Will stick by you as long as you care to keep tweaking and playing!
post #13286 of 16451
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Originally Posted by ninja12 View Post

I would try the 8 o'clock position for your sub's volume. Did you move your sub or perhaps placed the mic in different locations? Your sub's measurement yesterday looks better than it does today. The goal is for ARC to set your sub's cutoff to 120 Hz. It looks like you probably achieved that yesterday; however, I'm not sure that you achieved that with today's measurements.

Okay...I wiped the slate clean...here are the new results they likely resemble what you guys are trying to tell me and levels are as follows:
LRC -2, SR+3, SL+2 & SUB -3...I think, I can finally rest....gulp...biggrin.gif





Regards, Bill...smile.gif
Edited by Billy p - 1/13/13 at 7:18pm
post #13287 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Bittermidget View Post

Hello. New forum member and new owner of an MRX 300. I would like to get some input from other users on my results with ARC and what I am observing from a sound standpoint after calibration.

Room is very large L-shaped basement theater. Speakers are homemade full-sized Statements towers for L/R and a Statement center. Sub is a 15" Dayton HF sealed in 5 cu/ft. placed below center channel. The MRX 300 is being used as a pre/pro with a 5-channel Parasound 2205 doing amplification.

I am migrating from a Pioneer Elite SC-05 with the MCACC room correction system and everything else has stayed as is, including using the Parasound for amplification. After running ARC, several things stand out in my impression of the sound:

1. ARC has done a great job making the sub/mains transition work well. Bass is very tight and still extends well on movies. In addition, surround sound in movies has excellent separation and dialog is very clear.

2. For all the benefits that ARC has done in the bass region, I cannot say the same for midrange and treble. The Pioneer MCACC system only operates down to about 50 Hz, but what it does to the midrange and treble on my system by adjusting phase and levels seems to work a lot better that what I'm hearing from ARC at the moment. In fact, after running ARC and listening to music, the treble seems very bright and the midrange does not seem as full as with the Pioneer. I have to turn the treble down on the Anthem to -2 to tame the brightness, even on SACDs that did not sound like this before ARC.

So I am very interested in opinions on these graphs. Fire away and feel free to ask questions.




Hi Bittermidget and welcome!

I'm very surprised that you feel the treble has become super bright? Your speakers start rolling off around 5k and ARC does not correct above 5k, so there should be NO change in your high end treble experience where we normally expect things to be "bright". ARC did do a little filling on your surrounds and rear speakers between 2k-5k, are all your speakers sounding bright or just the surrounds and rears?

As for the mid sounding a little flatter, ARC did reduce a bit of a mountain you had between around 400-800 Hz on almost all of your speakers. This shouldn't have been to dramatic, but might be noticeable. Taming the mid section while not doing anything to the treble may also explain why the treble feels a little brighter (as relative to the mid it is now a more, even though the treble didn't change, the mid did).

I would highly recommend you not set the treble down -2 and simply listen to your system for a solid week, exactly as ARC has set it. I think you are perhaps accustomed to a less than ideal previous eq and your brain will quickly re-adjust and be much happier with the new sound once you give things a little time for your brain to catch-up with your ears biggrin.gif

In fact, I'm going to guess that in a weeks time, you won't think things are bright, but rather cymbals and other high frequency sounds will sound like they have better clarity and punctuation than they used to.

As for recommendations (besides giving things a SOLID week of listening where ARC set them by default)... the main thing I would focus on is your sub. Your sub looks to be very strong, which is awesome. I see that you set it to flat and that looks like it will work well with your sub, so good work on that one. However, I see an issue on the higher side. It appears ARC picked a cutoff of 80 for your sub. Yet your sub clearly is happy to go much higher and we would like ARC to naturally set it at 120.

My suspicion is that the rapid roll off from 50 to 90Hz is fooling ARC in to thinking that you have a low pass filter set somewhere around 60 to 80 and ARC has picked a cut off of 80 to match the low pass filter it thinks is there. Obviously given how your sub rebounds around 100Hz, there is not filter there... ARC has just been fooled! It happens (though not to often).

Two things you can do... the first is the preferred method and worth playing a little to see if you can make it happen. The second is only a last resort and not something we normally would recommend.

1) Move your sub (probably only slightly, possibly just a few inches) and see if you can get rid of the hole at 90Hz. If you can re position your sub slightly and get that hole to come up even a few db's I think ARC will be happy and set your cutoff to 120Hz for you. To help you with repositioning the sub, you can use Quick Measure with your sub and watch what ARC is hearing as you move your sub. Once you find a better spot with Quick Measure, re-run ARC and let's see if it picks 120Hz naturally!

2) If all else false and since we can clearly see your sub is happy well up to 200Hz, you could force ARC to use 120 in your targets window. To do this, change the subs cutoff to 120, re-calculate and see what happens. I'm not sure ARC has enough resources to actually completely fill the hole at 90Hz... but we can see if it can get really close. Again, option 1 is a far better option and even if option 1 doesn't get you to 120, if you can reduce the dip at 90 some, it will help if you have to resort to option 2 wink.gif

Again, and you will read it all through this thread, before you start tweaking your bass and treble settings... please listen to the MRX for a solid 1-2 weeks where ARC set it and make sure you give yourself a little time to get used to the corrected sound. I think you will find you love it!
post #13288 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Tigger! View Post

Interesting... I'm not sure how much power the USB ports on the MRX have. It may be that it struggling with not enough power on the unpowered drive. Though that thought would seem to make more sense before it saw the files. I've only ever played MP3's off of a memory stick. Have you:

1) Tried MP3's on the drive to see if they work?
2) Tried the Wav files on a memory stick to see if they work there?


1) Fresh format with NTFS, placed a freshly ripped WAV file on both the root and in a directory two folders deep. All the WAV files played correctly on the Passport Drive.
2) Added 5 directorys and a total of 50 files. Anthem stopped playing the files that were saved in the previous step and plays nothing now. Files/songs show up in the Anthem, but when selected it says "Nothing to play".
3) Fresh format with NTFS, repeated the exact same procedure used in step 1, now the Anthem will not play the same files, and gives the error from Step 2.
4) Fresh format with NTFS, added two MP3s at the root. Songs show up in menu, when selected it says "Nothing to play".
5) 1 gig memory stick with two WAV files (same as step 1) and the will play fine.
6) Same memory stick, added two more folders and sub directories, and 4 more WAV files. Now nothing will play.
7) Erased everything and added 2 MP3 files at the root. Same error, "Nothing to play".

This is very disappointing. I had a choice between this and another receiver and would have went a different route had I known this would be a problem. I need to be able to play the CD archive from WAV or other lossless format, as well as my HDTracks files.
post #13289 of 16451
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Originally Posted by Jeff Gandy View Post

1) Fresh format with NTFS, placed a freshly ripped WAV file on both the root and in a directory two folders deep. All the WAV files played correctly on the Passport Drive.
2) Added 5 directorys and a total of 50 files. Anthem stopped playing the files that were saved in the previous step and plays nothing now. Files/songs show up in the Anthem, but when selected it says "Nothing to play".
3) Fresh format with NTFS, repeated the exact same procedure used in step 1, now the Anthem will not play the same files, and gives the error from Step 2.
4) Fresh format with NTFS, added two MP3s at the root. Songs show up in menu, when selected it says "Nothing to play".
5) 1 gig memory stick with two WAV files (same as step 1) and the will play fine.
6) Same memory stick, added two more folders and sub directories, and 4 more WAV files. Now nothing will play.
7) Erased everything and added 2 MP3 files at the root. Same error, "Nothing to play".

This is very disappointing. I had a choice between this and another receiver and would have went a different route had I known this would be a problem. I need to be able to play the CD archive from WAV or other lossless format, as well as my HDTracks files.

Unfortunately, the MRX is limited in terms of the music formats it can handle. It's not a problem for me and many others since a cheap media player will decode and send pcm to the receiver.

Originally, I had an HTPC to play back music and movies. I had an Asus Xonar sound card that would bitstream TrueHD and DTS-HD to my receiver and it was great. I then purchased a cheap Patriot Box Office media player as it would playback everything I had via my portable usb drive and over wireless and wired. It had a remote, outputs HD audio over hdmi, it was simple to use, and boots up quickly.I have now switched to a Pivos since the Pivos will output video at 1080p/24 in addition to HD audio. It streams flac, wav, and mp3 via hdmi without any issues.
post #13290 of 16451
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Originally Posted by audit13 View Post

Unfortunately, the MRX is limited in terms of the music formats it can handle. It's not a problem for me and many others since a cheap media player will decode and send pcm to the receiver.

Originally, I had an HTPC to play back music and movies. I had an Asus Xonar sound card that would bitstream TrueHD and DTS-HD to my receiver and it was great. I then purchased a cheap Patriot Box Office media player as it would playback everything I had via my portable usb drive and over wireless and wired. It had a remote, outputs HD audio over hdmi, it was simple to use, and boots up quickly.I have now switched to a Pivos since the Pivos will output video at 1080p/24 in addition to HD audio. It streams flac, wav, and mp3 via hdmi without any issues.

Thanks, I will look into the Pivos. I do not mind getting something to stream over the network. There is a Cat5e drop right behind the unit, and I have a windows 2003 server that runs full time downstairs with all my media on it. The only thing that tweaks me is I just dropped $130 on the Passport. I just want something reliable that will give me good quality on the audio side.
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