Originally Posted by jimjr
I think dscottj is on the right track. You might want to try different resolutions from the input side -- your Linux laptop and MythTV. I have a home-built HTPC with an nVidia graphics card hooked up via HDMI and it works just fine. The nVidia control panel in fact recognizes the display as a Pioneer SC-57 and configures the resolution accordingly. But that may only be because I'm running Windows 7 and can access the full panoply of nVidia control panel settings. I expect you probably have a much more streamlined suite for the Linux OS. But assuming you can access some sort of control panel equivalent for the nVidia graphics card, try going to the "change resolution" section, and see if there is a button that says "customize". That should bring up a box that says "enable resolutions not exposed by the display." From that, you can select any resolution you want, not just resolutions that the SC-55 EDID is reporting to your card. Then try to find resolutions you know are supported by the SC-55 and see what happens.
Hi Guys, I'm new to the forum, but on and off long time visitor. I have upgraded my Marantz SR 6200 to LX 85. One thing I must admit Marantz are fanatastic receivers. If you are into music, then I feel, like many other, Marantz is one of those amazing receivers you can pick up with your eyes closed and you wont repent it. Good on you Marantz. However Marantz is losing, in my opinion,to its competitors due to lack of couple of features one of them being 9:1 or 9:2 setup.
I wasn't going to buy anthing other then Marantz if it had 9:2 setup in any of marantz models. I feel Marantz 7005 is awesome receiver but, for me, lacks 9:1 or 2 channel setup.
After reading reviews and comparing experiences of many users, I decided to pick up Pioneer LX 85 from Harvey Norman Auburn ( Sydney ), after running couple of negotiations marathon and pricing matching excercise with the agent, for $2300. I hope this will helps others as well if they are looking to buy this receiver in Australia. I loved Pioneer Flagship SUSANO LX-90 but couldn't afford it.
My one week experience of owning LX 85 is as follows:
I did the testing in Pure Direct or Direct only modes, keeping to original sound. Rest all modes are artificially created sound by DSP. I like to hear and keep the audio close to the original. So tried to achieve best response in these two modes only.
Did MACC full auto setup and the audio output I got was absolutely crap. It was very flat, couldn't get all the expected frequency responses I expected from the channels, which was not even close to with my old Marantz. The audio was very clean, but not impressive. Couldn't even settle close to my old Marantz, may be my expectation were too high form the LX 85 flagship receiver. I tried music files, Avatar but room ( 4m wide x 5.5m long) was lacking the filling sound. A receiver with RRP of $3500 I was definetly expecting more filling, rich, clear and distorsion free sound. It was lacking the filling rest all were more or less present and close to my satisfaction.
After the initial disappointment, I tried the manual EQ setting with individual channels and THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE. I would now say its worth the bucks I have spend. So I recommend to use this setting to suit to your taste of audio hearing.
This was my experience and review on audio. There may be many others who are better then me in setting up receivers. I welcome all setting suggestions to make it better sounding receiver.
Video output quality is just amazing. I was happy with that.
More over, in my opinion, the esence of receiver lies in its sound reproduction rather in features like Onkyo. Therefore I had been fan of Marantz.
My home theator setup is as follows:
Speakers 9:1 setup
FR, FL , C - Infinity.
FHR, FHL - Energy.
SL, SR - B&M 602
SBL, SBLR - Bose 209
SUB - 12" JBL Northridge
HTPC - Asrock Z68 MB, 4 GB RAM, 6 TB green SATA, Samsung BLU ray drive, Gigabyte Nvidia 560 Ti graphic card.
Panasonic AE 7000 projecting on 110" screen from 5 mts.
Sitting 5 mts approx.
The experiment and learning is still on with LX 85. Anything interesting if I come across I will share with you.
1. Can HDMI 1 and 2 output manage two different resolution ?
I have first generation Samsung Plasma with 1080 capability but cannot handle 1980x 1080 where as
my projector is 1980 x1080.
Presently I'm feeding the video to both Plasma and projector through my Mother board HDMI and Nvidia GTI HDMI. I will have to always switch between the resolution between the Samsung and Proj untill I upgrade my TV.
Your advise and guidance will be appreciated in this regard.