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post #331 of 11323
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Originally Posted by discodol View Post

Already have mine on order with my local Sound Advice.
Want to buy my NR-5008 or DTR 80.3?
I am already wired and have speakers connected for 11.2, maybe will have 11.2 for Xmas!!!

If this was a 'DHC' model I'd be inclined to bite...
post #332 of 11323
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Originally Posted by Kaorin View Post

I completely understand. If I bought the MM7055 now, I'd always feel that I cheaped out and a AVP of the calibre of the 8801 should be mated with it's sister power amp. Of course, the extra channels of the MM8077 would mean I wouldn't have to buy a MM7025 in the future to upgrade from 5.1 to 7.1. Maybe there's also peace of mind that you know you're getting two components that were designed together and in theory should be a perfect match.
As for the talk of plastic, I currently have a PM-15S1 (one of their reference series amps), and I honestly can't tell if it's plastic or metal. The material on the cheeks looks matte, whereas the front panel is more brushed aluminium. It kinda looks like plastic, but feels cold like the aluminium next to it. Maybe it's some kind of fancy paint injected plastic. My unit is in Champagne-gold, which I think makes a difference to the plasticy look. I saw the AV7005 and MM7055 (in black) in a store and immediately noticed the difference. What also didn't help was where people had left finger nail marks on the plastic bits. I guess I'll just have to keep a cleaning cloth handy to keep it looking nice smile.gif
K

Yeah, I guess it feels like I cheaped out, but I didn't actually know what speakers I was getting when I bought the amp, and I've been quite happy with the performance. I've also been thinking of picking up a Marantz PM11S3, just for the R/L, but I worry about having uniform amplification for the front three channels.
post #333 of 11323
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Originally Posted by Woof Woof View Post

Notice I said version.
Call it MLink or SE-Link. Whatever.
A rose by any other name.
DenonLink does work especially with MPCM BD, DVDA and SACD playback.

I understand you said "version", my comments were in jest smile.gif. No doubt D-Link works but doesn't HDMI work with those formats as well?

Bill
post #334 of 11323
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

I understand you said "version", my comments were in jest smile.gif. No doubt D-Link works but doesn't HDMI work with those formats as well?
Bill

Yes but the consensus among DL users is that for packet based formats that need to be decoded inside the pre/pro the gains are not there. The reason is that no time info is 'used' from the player.

Daniel.
post #335 of 11323
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Originally Posted by Tank_PD View Post

I've also been thinking of picking up a Marantz PM11S3, just for the R/L, but I worry about having uniform amplification for the front three channels.
Quality amps are linear. This means their outputs are always a fixed multiple (their "gain") of the input signals, no matter what the input signal's voltage is -- unless the amp clips, of course. Once you've successfully run Audyssey's calibration, all of the active speaker channels will produce exactly the same sound level for the same input signal, no matter what the gain is of the individual amps. Audyssey compensates for the gain of the amp in each channel by changing the gain in that channel's preamp.

Some amps do have high enough gain that you have to include attenuators in the signal going to those amps in order to perform a successful calibration. This is indicated by a level of -12db or lower for channels with excessive amplifier gain.
Edited by Selden Ball - 11/7/12 at 4:45am
post #336 of 11323
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

I understand you said "version", my comments were in jest smile.gif. No doubt D-Link works but doesn't HDMI work with those formats as well?
Bill

HDMI works but jitter is pretty high

Using the DenonLink for DSD/DVDA or for clock signals work pretty well for MPCM data. I still use my 4010/4810 combo for multichannel SACD/DVDA and BR music.
post #337 of 11323
Are those HDAM modules for both XLR and RCA outputs?
post #338 of 11323
2 pictures one of the amp MM8077 and the 8801

post #339 of 11323
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Originally Posted by danielo View Post

Yes but the consensus among DL users is that for packet based formats that need to be decoded inside the pre/pro the gains are not there. The reason is that no time info is 'used' from the player.
Daniel.
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Originally Posted by Woof Woof View Post

HDMI works but jitter is pretty high
Using the DenonLink for DSD/DVDA or for clock signals work pretty well for MPCM data. I still use my 4010/4810 combo for multichannel SACD/DVDA and BR music.

Is the jitter when listening to SACDs and DVD-As with HDMI that audible that it can be obviously heard? Or is the difference in sound quality between HDMI and Denon Link just a measurable specification that is not clearly heard when comparisons are made?

Bill
post #340 of 11323
Thanks for the heads up y'all! Finally!

I still feel we aren't much wiser regarding sound quality. Take the talk about XLR: we all know XLR connections are good and reject noise. But is the friggin' stereo input a superior path comapred to the one in AV7701 or not?

Also, the fact the amp is "shallow" isn't very usefull if you need to add two more stereo amps for full blown DSX/Neo:X.
post #341 of 11323
No matter how you arrange them, you'll need at least two boxes to have enough amplifiers to drive 11 channels. A 7 channel amp plus a 5 channel amp would be one possibility, leaving one channel unused. It seems to me that having more than 7 amps in a box can only reduce the wattage available for the individual channels.
post #342 of 11323
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Originally Posted by erwinfrombelgium View Post

Thanks for the heads up y'all! Finally!
I still feel we aren't much wiser regarding sound quality. Take the talk about XLR: we all know XLR connections are good and reject noise. But is the friggin' stereo input a superior path comapred to the one in AV7701 or not?
Also, the fact the amp is "shallow" isn't very usefull if you need to add two more stereo amps for full blown DSX/Neo:X.

The small footprint is useful because my TV stand does not accommodation 20" depth amps without purchasing additional extenders to place on the back of the stand. It will also push the stand out another 4-5 inches into the room.
post #343 of 11323
Thread Starter 
Does anyone has a picture of the AV7701 internals? Would love to see an A:B comparison...
post #344 of 11323
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Originally Posted by Selden Ball View Post

No matter how you arrange them, you'll need at least two boxes to have enough amplifiers to drive 11 channels. A 7 channel amp plus a 5 channel amp would be one possibility, leaving one channel unused. It seems to me that having more than 7 amps in a box can only reduce the wattage available for the individual channels.
Not if you build a bigger box. Yamaha Z11 had 11 amps, even if four (Presence) were only 50 Watt.
post #345 of 11323
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Originally Posted by Selden Ball View Post

... It seems to me that having more than 7 amps in a box can only reduce the wattage available for the individual channels.

Not if each amp channel had it's own power transformer, like the older sherbourn amps.
post #346 of 11323
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Originally Posted by mlknez View Post

Not if each amp channel had it's own power transformer, like the older sherbourn amps.

Unlikely !
post #347 of 11323
Bill you can search the Denon 4010 thread for comments on DenonLink. I'll try not to go too much OT here. Unlikely you'll find much ABX blind test data there tho, if that's your cup of tea.
post #348 of 11323
You could get something like the W4S ICEBox where each channel can be configured separately: up to 7 channels and each can run at full specs. And maybe another MiniMC with 4 channels.
post #349 of 11323
The pix of the new pre pro do make it look like a beast!
In looking at the back/business end of the new unit, it has, in addition to a ton of HDMI, 4 Ethernet and a USB connection.

The USB connection interests me, as I play my music through an HTPC. Right now music and video,over HDMI, which, I am told, is jittery due to lack of a dedicated audio clock.
Is the USB connection going to be a digital audio input - possibly dejitterizing my audio life?
post #350 of 11323
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Originally Posted by exm View Post

Does anyone has a picture of the AV7701 internals? Would love to see an A:B comparison...

I've never seen any. A quick google search only came up a picture of the 7005 and pictures from this thread.

Usually it's the Chinese and Japanese websites that crack open the lid and take photos of the internals, but the 7701 hasn't been launched in this region yet.

Maybe you could ask politely in the 7701 thread if they could. smile.gif

K
post #351 of 11323
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Originally Posted by Woof Woof View Post

Bill you can search the Denon 4010 thread for comments on DenonLink. I'll try not to go too much OT here. Unlikely you'll find much ABX blind test data there tho, if that's your cup of tea.

Thanks smile.gif. You are right as anymore discussion of this is definitely OT. I'll do some searching to see if I find anything.

Bill
post #352 of 11323
Hmmmmm been waiting for this one.
Been wanting a true 11.2 channel Pre/pro for a while now.
Here comes the wides and heights. Yippee
Marantz and Triad get ready for my money.
looking forward to the reviews as those of you lucky enough to live in the US get your hands on it.
living in Australia, we always get things like this much later on or if at all
post #353 of 11323
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Originally Posted by DHF View Post

The USB connection interests me, as I play my music through an HTPC. Right now music and video,over HDMI, which, I am told, is jittery due to lack of a dedicated audio clock.
Is the USB connection going to be a digital audio input - possibly dejitterizing my audio life?

Don't know about the 8801, but try the Oppo 105 coming out soon to play your HTPC through USB taking advantage of their awesome DACs for the sweetest sound ever!
post #354 of 11323
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Originally Posted by Ian13 View Post

Hmmmmm been waiting for this one.
Been wanting a true 11.2 channel Pre/pro for a while now.
Here comes the wides and heights. Yippee
Marantz and Triad get ready for my money.

+1

8801 on order, Xmas can't come soon enough!!
post #355 of 11323
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Originally Posted by discodol View Post

+1 8801 on order, Xmas can't come soon enough!!

Should be a good holiday smile.gif
post #356 of 11323
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Originally Posted by DHF View Post

The pix of the new pre pro do make it look like a beast! In looking at the back/business end of the new unit, it has, in addition to a ton of HDMI, 4 Ethernet and a USB connection. The USB connection interests me, as I play my music through an HTPC. Right now music and video,over HDMI, which, I am told, is jittery due to lack of a dedicated audio clock. Is the USB connection going to be a digital audio input - possibly dejitterizing my audio life?

Never hard the jitters through HDMi
post #357 of 11323
Wse, if you have some music CDs, try playing them in yr BR player over HDMI and over coax. The coax invariably sounds better even though both are digital and feeding the same DAC.

I find if you use bitstream data, the jitter isn't a big a problem because the bitstream needs to be decided and reclocked first. Tends to affect PCM.
post #358 of 11323
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Thanks smile.gif. You are right as anymore discussion of this is definitely OT. I'll do some searching to see if I find anything.
Bill

There was lots of discussion and tests on the avp/poa thread (sticky) searching that will keep you busy and you can also ask its a relaxing crowd inside smile.gif

Daniel.
post #359 of 11323
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Originally Posted by Kaorin View Post

I've never seen any. A quick google search only came up a picture of the 7005 and pictures from this thread.
Usually it's the Chinese and Japanese websites that crack open the lid and take photos of the internals, but the 7701 hasn't been launched in this region yet.
Maybe you could ask politely in the 7701 thread if they could. smile.gif
K

Lots of here : http://www.htforum.nl/yabbse/index.php?topic=122386.200
post #360 of 11323
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Originally Posted by staaled View Post

Lots of here : http://www.htforum.nl/yabbse/index.php?topic=122386.200

Awesome! Thank you! Ill add them to my folder of amp guts.

The first thing I noticed is how empty the 7005 is in comparison. At least we're getting a lot of extra hardware for the money

Also on the 8801 and Denon 4520 they both have a small daughter board above the hdmi board with 3 CPU / DSPs and some flash or ram chips. Maybe these are what's needed to run the xt32. Either that or 9 or 11 channels need significantly more power to process.

K
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