Every time I attempt bitstreaaming a DSF file to the 8801, it plays nothing because the 8801 thinks it is a PCM file.
Anybody had success here?
Regarding reference volume, trims and audyssey...
For sure I am not getting the same volume as others. I watched an entire blu ray at 0 dB (reference) and that should have been too loud but it was not.
I ran audyssey again and it set ALL my trims in the negative. I feel it is setting them too low...I should be getting 75 dB from all speakers including sub on test tone after running Audyssey, correct?
(don't have a meter to test ATM)
I turned off Audyssey and played CDs via HDMI from Oppo to both av8801 and NAD M51 DAC (each going direct to amps via an XLR switch for A/B comparison)
To match volumes between the 2 (and get good volume level for listening) I needed;
-5 dB on av8801
-15 dB on NAD
That's without the ~ 8 dB Audyssey would have trimmed from the volume of my FL & FR speakers.
So the main volume control on the 8801 is analog, correct?
...and the trim levels are also done in the analog stage?
Are there any other volume controls (by source?, I guess DD does some). Are they all analog too?
OK, so IF they are all analog vol. controls ...and some say that adjusting all trims up is identical to adjusting the main volume up by same dB, then I guess that the supposed advantage referred to by blazar would be based on the premise that the analog signal has to pass through an extra level of "processing" to apply any level of trim other than 0 dB.
Does that make sense? or any comments?
No, Marantz should not cover every conceivable setup in their user manual, that would require an encyclopedia and not be realistic. Your setup is far from being a "normal" setup and thus you should expect to solve the problems by yourself, if you are not capable of solving the issues yourself, I suggest hiring an installer and paying a lot more for a processor with the qualities you are after.
Your power amplifier retails for a LOT more than the AV8801, if I remember correctly, but you expect them to be of the same quality.. It does not make sense to me.
The AV8801 is a consumer grade product and not a high end product made of unobtainium, so of course it does not have the "perfect performance" you are looking for. Live with it or spend the extra money needed to buy something else that satisfies your requirements.
Fans is a good idea, unless you have lots of airspace around the AV8801. It doesn't require much forced ventilation, moving just a little air is very effective.
Yes, 95dB sensitivity is also an uncommon sensitivity and definitely above what the average user has. My own speakers are at 90-92dB sensitivity and I have no problems with hiss at all. I am not defending Marantz, but I am trying to explain to you why your expectations are unrealistic for this product.
If the Integra 80.3 was a better product for you, then why did you swap it for the AV8801?
Try a test isolating the Marantz as far as possible from all other equipment; zero HDMIs, max one source, connect to separate electric circuit from other equipment if possible or at least disconnect the other stuff from the power.
If that reduces the hum to acceptable levels, then you can search for the culprit and find a way to fix it.
I got a nasty hum (strangely dominant in one active speaker) that disappeared when HDMI from TV was disconnected or when I plugged that amp/speaker into a separate power circuit. Still investigating this; a separate XLR switch also seems to be involved. I'd imagine various similar problems can occur in a particular set-up and Marantz could have lessened the impact by using balanced analog circuitry but that's what we got and locating/fixing the source of a hum/noise is still an option for at least some issues.
Has anyone tried running HDMI from av8801--Oppo--TV?
Reason: I have Oppo 103D and want it to add Darbee to all video signals.
Problem is that for blu ray, I obviously need a 2nd HDMI for audio from Oppo HDMI-2-out to av8801. This set-up never works for me. I note that the Oppo HDMI-out-2 always carries video (regardless of split A/V setting) and suspect this is creating some type of HDCP issue; e.g. unwanted video from Oppo to av8801 is never reaching a monitor so no HDMI handshake.