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post #3451 of 11327
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Originally Posted by RichB View Post

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Originally Posted by wyliec2 View Post

We're mostly saying the same thing - and obviously those that have been doing this for decades do it please ourselves irrespective of others' opinions.

But to clarify #3, there are some things, particularly in the bass region, which are impossible to correct through EQ.

There is nothing Audyssey cannot correct. tongue.gif

- Rich

Hmm, Not sure if, serious or not. It can't correct a lot of poster's poor grammar and prose skills.
post #3452 of 11327
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Originally Posted by beastaudio View Post

Hmm, Not sure if, serious or not. It can't correct a lot of poster's poor grammar and prose skills.

I was joking; Thus, the emoticon.

I am am sorry to hurt your feelings.

Do you like that grammer?

- Rich
post #3453 of 11327
I am stuck between the Marantz 8801 and the Integra 88.3 preamps. In the process of upgrading my av system. Bought the Sammy 75" 2013 HDTV and am watching this beautiful picture as I type!
I need advice on getting a new pre amp that can replace my current Integra 9.8 preamp (HDMI is 1.3).
I am looking for a high quality 4k video preamp processor.

Purpose for equip: 60% FIOS HDTV, Blu-Ray, 30%, 10% Streaming video

Current important equip:
Sherbourne 7 channels @ 200 watts per channel
speakers - front LRC are NHT 3
speakers - rear 2 and side 2 are Paradigm Millenia
Sub: NHT Model 10
preamp: Integra 9.8 (now for sale and works great!
HDTV SAMMY 75" (new and 2013 Series 9

If I go with Marantz 8801 I can get back my Carver stereo amp and and 2 B&W satellite speakers for front wide/high
If I go Integra 80.3 I just need to swap out my current preamp for Integra 9.8.

I can wait if suggested. Also, I need to get a new blu-ray 3D DVD player (suggestions welcome) I was told that my perfectly running 1st generation PS3 does not meet my needs

Preamp suggestions can be posted here.
Where to purchase, which DVD,, and other suggestions can be sent to this Florida resident by PM
Difficult for me to travel in my electric wheelchair (since 1971 when I owned EPI speakers, Dual cassette player, and Technique receiver)
post #3454 of 11327
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by StanFL View Post

I am stuck between the Marantz 8801 and the Integra 88.3 preamps. In the process of upgrading my av system. Bought the Sammy 75" 2013 HDTV and am watching this beautiful picture as I type!
I need advice on getting a new pre amp that can replace my current Integra 9.8 preamp (HDMI is 1.3).
I am looking for a high quality 4k video preamp processor.

Purpose for equip: 60% FIOS HDTV, Blu-Ray, 30%, 10% Streaming video

Current important equip:
Sherbourne 7 channels @ 200 watts per channel
speakers - front LRC are NHT 3
speakers - rear 2 and side 2 are Paradigm Millenia
Sub: NHT Model 10
preamp: Integra 9.8 (now for sale and works great!
HDTV SAMMY 75" (new and 2013 Series 9

If I go with Marantz 8801 I can get back my Carver stereo amp and and 2 B&W satellite speakers for front wide/high
If I go Integra 80.3 I just need to swap out my current preamp for Integra 9.8.

I can wait if suggested. Also, I need to get a new blu-ray 3D DVD player (suggestions welcome) I was told that my perfectly running 1st generation PS3 does not meet my needs

Preamp suggestions can be posted here.
Where to purchase, which DVD,, and other suggestions can be sent to this Florida resident by PM
Difficult for me to travel in my electric wheelchair (since 1971 when I owned EPI speakers, Dual cassette player, and Technique receiver)

I owned the Integra 9.8 (Onkyo 885) and I really disliked it. Afterwards I upgraded to the Marantz AV8003, 7005 and now 8801. The Marantz has a much warmer sound, so I would strongly urge the Marantz smile.gif
Edited by exm - 3/1/13 at 3:31pm
post #3455 of 11327
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Originally Posted by StanFL View Post

I am stuck between the Marantz 8801 and the Integra 88.3 preamps. In the process of upgrading my av system. Bought the Sammy 75" 2013 HDTV and am watching this beautiful picture as I type!
I need advice on getting a new pre amp that can replace my current Integra 9.8 preamp (HDMI is 1.3).
I am looking for a high quality 4k video preamp processor.

Purpose for equip: 60% FIOS HDTV, Blu-Ray, 30%, 10% Streaming video

Current important equip:
Sherbourne 7 channels @ 200 watts per channel
speakers - front LRC are NHT 3
speakers - rear 2 and side 2 are Paradigm Millenia
Sub: NHT Model 10
preamp: Integra 9.8 (now for sale and works great!
HDTV SAMMY 75" (new and 2013 Series 9

If I go with Marantz 8801 I can get back my Carver stereo amp and and 2 B&W satellite speakers for front wide/high
If I go Integra 80.3 I just need to swap out my current preamp for Integra 9.8.

I can wait if suggested. Also, I need to get a new blu-ray 3D DVD player (suggestions welcome) I was told that my perfectly running 1st generation PS3 does not meet my needs

Preamp suggestions can be posted here.
Where to purchase, which DVD,, and other suggestions can be sent to this Florida resident by PM
Difficult for me to travel in my electric wheelchair (since 1971 when I owned EPI speakers, Dual cassette player, and Technique receiver)



We need to trade tv's lol. If controllability is what your looking for, I just bought the deremote app and it's all on my iPhone and iPad. Very handy and always right in my pocket. And I'm sure it's in android form. I found turning the TV on to see what I want to listen to next a pain, but now it's right on my phone. I'm not doing 3D right now but the Oppo is 3D capable. There are a lot of us on here using one, a great player and a bargain IMO.
Edited by comfynumb - 3/1/13 at 1:43pm
post #3456 of 11327
Hi, Guys

How would I connect av8801 to a MC8207 using mini plugs?
On av8801 it says use mini mono jacks on DC out, and on MC8207, it uses stereo mini to control power, meter and ground

Would I buy a mini mono cables and a mini to stereo adapter? or would I use a stereo mini cable with a stere to mono adapter?

I think a stereo can be converted to mono, so it would be wise to user stereo mini cables, and connect to the av8801 using mini stereo to mini mono adapter?

Thanks
post #3457 of 11327
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Originally Posted by cglin222 View Post

Hi, Guys

How would I connect av8801 to a MC8207 using mini plugs?
On av8801 it says use mini mono jacks on DC out, and on MC8207, it uses stereo mini to control power, meter and ground

Would I buy a mini mono cables and a mini to stereo adapter? or would I use a stereo mini cable with a stere to mono adapter?

I think a stereo can be converted to mono, so it would be wise to user stereo mini cables, and connect to the av8801 using mini stereo to mini mono adapter?

Thanks

Use stereo. This was brought up earlier.
post #3458 of 11327
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Originally Posted by comfynumb View Post

H, I totally agree, and I think the writing is on the wall for these so called high end products that lack features, are 7.1, no updates, and half the features of the 8801. Many picked apart the 7005, and they will dissect the 8801. But at the end of the day we'll have a pre/pro that will be updated consistently and a list of features as long as my arm, and run with the big boys, for 1/3 or 1/4 of the price.

Run with them! you mean set the pace as the leader of the pack does biggrin.gif
post #3459 of 11327
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Originally Posted by exm View Post

Did you change any network settings in the Marantz, like DHCP?

Nope. smile.gif Just DHCP for now. No static IP address. If I remember right, I just set Network > Always on.
post #3460 of 11327
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Originally Posted by audiofan1 View Post

Run with them! you mean set the pace as the leader of the pack does biggrin.gif



I'll agree with that.
post #3461 of 11327
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Originally Posted by comfynumb View Post

H, I totally agree, and I think the writing is on the wall for these so called high end products that lack features, are 7.1, no updates, and half the features of the 8801. Many picked apart the 7005, and they will dissect the 8801. But at the end of the day we'll have a pre/pro that will be updated consistently and a list of features as long as my arm, and run with the big boys, for 1/3 or 1/4 of the price.

Krell added a 3D upgrade to their $31,000 AVR which the customer has to pay for. And even though it has 2 center channels an 4 sub channels no height or wides.
post #3462 of 11327
did you mean would
post #3463 of 11327
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Originally Posted by exm View Post

I owned the Integra 9.8 (Onkyo 885) and I really disliked it. Afterwards I upgraded to the Marantz AV8003, 7005 and now 8801. The Marantz has a much warmer sound, so I wouldn't strongly urge the Marantz smile.gif
did you mean would
post #3464 of 11327
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Originally Posted by dahlgren View Post

Krell added a 3D upgrade to their $31,000 AVR which the customer has to pay for. And even though it has 2 center channels an 4 sub channels no height or wides.



Wow, I'm sure it's pretty amazing, but boy would I pi$$ed to have to pay for an upgrade of any kind. I'd love to hear what it sounds like though.
post #3465 of 11327
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by leadliner View Post

did you mean would

Yes - thanks. Fixed.
post #3466 of 11327
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Originally Posted by mookie b View Post

Use stereo. This was brought up earlier.

Ok, thanks, I know I also brought it up earlier, but even the Marantz rep is telling me an answer I don't get it, hence asking again.
Guess they don't get it either or never tried it


"Hi, On av8801 it says "use mono mini-plug cable for connecting DC out"
But on MC8207, it uses stereo mini plug for power control, meter light and ground
Is it safe to connect using stereo mini-plug from av8801 to mc8207?
Or do I still need to use mono mini-plug from av8801 to mc8207?


Hi,
You will use a Mini Mono cable to the 8801 (Tip +, Sleeve -).
You will use a Stereo mini cable into the MC-8207 (Tip +, Sleeve -, Ring No Connection).
Thank you,
Technical Support/Custom Install
D+M Group


I know each of the 8801 and mc8207 accept min and stereo respectively. Maybe you didn't get my question or I am not getting the answer correctly.
Is there such a thing as a cable where one end is mini mono cable and one end is stereo mini cable connection???
I am trying to connect av8801 to MC8207 together, not separately
Where can I find mini mono cable to stereo mini cable??
Thanks


Hi,
You would have to do a Google search to see who would carry an aftermarket cable like this. Just make sure that the one you purchase follows the specs that we provided you.
Thank you,
Technical Support/Custom Install
D+M Group "
post #3467 of 11327
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Originally Posted by cglin222 View Post

Ok, thanks, I know I also brought it up earlier, but even the Marantz rep is telling me an answer I don't get it, hence asking again.
Guess they don't get it either or never tried it


"Hi, On av8801 it says "use mono mini-plug cable for connecting DC out"
But on MC8207, it uses stereo mini plug for power control, meter light and ground
Is it safe to connect using stereo mini-plug from av8801 to mc8207?
Or do I still need to use mono mini-plug from av8801 to mc8207?


Hi,
You will use a Mini Mono cable to the 8801 (Tip +, Sleeve -).
You will use a Stereo mini cable into the MC-8207 (Tip +, Sleeve -, Ring No Connection).
Thank you,
Technical Support/Custom Install
D+M Group


I know each of the 8801 and mc8207 accept min and stereo respectively. Maybe you didn't get my question or I am not getting the answer correctly.
Is there such a thing as a cable where one end is mini mono cable and one end is stereo mini cable connection???
I am trying to connect av8801 to MC8207 together, not separately
Where can I find mini mono cable to stereo mini cable??
Thanks


Hi,
You would have to do a Google search to see who would carry an aftermarket cable like this. Just make sure that the one you purchase follows the specs that we provided you.
Thank you,
Technical Support/Custom Install
D+M Group "

Wow, that's a cluster.

I used a stereo mini from the "out" of the Marantz into the "in" of my MC205. PM me if you want more info.
post #3468 of 11327
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Originally Posted by mookie b View Post

Wow, that's a cluster.

I used a stereo mini from the "out" of the Marantz into the "in" of my MC205. PM me if you want more info.

Ok, just wondering why it specificlly says "don't use stereo mini" on the av8801 user manual. Just wanted to be safe.
post #3469 of 11327
Is $2800 a good price for the AV8801 or I could do better?

Thank you,

R
post #3470 of 11327
Because I have two subs, I waited for a processor like the 8801 (XT32) verses obtaining the Marantz 7005 and I'm so happy I did!

The initial Audyssey setup went well, so well, that I was amazed with the results. My music DVD's sound superb, coherence from bottom to top (between the subs and stand-mounted monitors) is significantly better and center channel dialogue has improved considerably.

My room is anything but rectangular, so a correction system like the Audyssey, was one that I considered vitally important, and it didn't fail to impress. Of course, I was replacing a quite long-in-the tooth Lexicon MC1 processor, so my baseline wasn't nearly as good as most on this forum. Nevertheless, so far (without trying all the ancillary whistles and bells), I'm really satisfied with the 8801's purchase.

I have enjoyed following this thread and appreciate all the help that it has contained....
post #3471 of 11327
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Originally Posted by StanFL View Post

I am stuck between the Marantz 8801 and the Integra 88.3 preamps.

I was using the Integra DHC 80.1 for a few years - right up until a few weeks ago when I switched to the Marantz 8801. I was never happy with the Integra. I've been happy with the Marantz from day one. So - just based on personal satisfaction - I recommend the Marantz.

No, the Marantz isn't perfect. But the drawbacks I ran into that actually affected me are small and easy to fix. The Martanz has fewer inputs than the Integra did (one less HDMI input, one less fiber input, one less digital coax input). So when I had too many fiber cables to plug into the Marantz, I bought one of those $10 converter boxes from monoprice that converts a fiber-cable to an RCA-cable. Problem solved.

And I think it's silly that the Marantz has a 4-port ethernet hub built into the back, but it's only 10/100 instead of 10/100/1000. For $25 you can get an 8-port 10/100/1000 ethernet switch from monoprice, put it on the AV rack instead of using the ethernet hub in the Marantz, and you're golden.

A minor Marantz plus - The Marantz remote is teachable (yes - I actually use remotes from the original manufacturers instead of a Harmony or other master-remote approach). As a learning remote, it was easy to program the Marantz to control everything I wanted controlled.

An Integra minus - when I was running the Integra, most of the time I was running a 6.1 system. And the Integra had a decoding bug (or bugs) in the DTS-HD master decoding for 7.1 signals. It would "share" (or "smear") the rear channel across the rear and surrounds. (Rear Left played in both the Surround Left and the Rear. Rear Right played in both the Surround Right and the Rear.) The workaround was to let the Blu-ray players do the decoding and just have the Integra play PCM.

SO I've only had very minor issues with the Marantz. I've really loved the Marantz. My preference of the Marantz over the Integra is mainly personal satisfaction, look-n-feel of the unit and the menus, etc. instead of any scientific details - so YMMV.
post #3472 of 11327
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Originally Posted by StanFL View Post

I need to get a new blu-ray 3D DVD player (suggestions welcome) I was told that my perfectly running 1st generation PS3 does not meet my needs

Umm - What's wrong with the 1st generation PS3?

I'm still running three 1st generation PS3's (one for each TV in my house). I find it absolutely amazing that years after being released, Sony just keeps releasing firmware updates to add new features - such as 3D. It didn't do 3D when first released. Heck - it didn't do 24 frames-per-second when first released. But it does all that and more now - thanks to the PS3 really being a small computer and Sony's easy ability to simply reprogram it as needed with new firmware updates.

There are 2 drawbacks with the old, "fat" PS3s. The first problem is noise. The fans are noisy (and the PS3 is a power-hog/mini-space-heater). But if you have been using one for years, I'm guessing the fan noise/heat-production isn't a problem for you. The second problem is that the old PS3s can not "bitstream" the lossless audio data. But that's OK. Just have the PS3 perform the decoding of the lossless soundtracks so the PS3 is sending PCM data to the pre-amp. It will sound just the same as if the pre-amp did the decoding. Decoding can roughly be thought of as "unzipping" a file. It doesn't matter who performs the "unzipping" task, the Blu-ray player or the pre-amp. In the end, the file is expanded back to its original size, every bit intact (it's lossless). The pre-amp doesn't need to do the "unzipping" (the decoding). The value of the pre-amp is what it does to the signal after it's been decoded...

Those two drawbacks are fixed by buying a new, slim PS3. They run quietly (no fan noise? Heck, the newest ones might not even have fans). And they *can* bit-stream to the pre-amp if you really want to see your pre-amp do the decoding instead of the PS3. (But be warned. The old, "fat" PS3's play SACD's, but the new skinny PS3s don't. Sony dropped SACD support from the PS3s long ago...)

The main difference between Blu-ray players today is the streaming capabilities - and the PS3 is one of the best, Yes - everyone has a Netflix client - but the PS3 was one of the first to have 5.1 sound available in its Netflix client. Vudu HDX, Hulu Plus, etc - it's available - in high quality - on the PS3.

You should always have a PS3 in your system to be able to play Blu-rays. Always. If you only have one Blu-ray player, it should be a PS3. If you have two or more Blu-ray players, one of them should be a PS3. Currently I have three Blu-ray players in my main system. An Oppo BDP-83SE, an Oppo BDP-105, and, of course, an old, original 60GB "fat" PS3.

Why is a PS3 a requirement for Blu-ray playback? Because Blu-ray menus are complicated. They're Java programs. The players are basically running Java programs to provide Blu-ray menus. And many times when movie companies (especially Fox) release a new Blu-ray disc - the movie doesn't work on lots of players. The movie company did something new in Java menu that the players weren't expecting, or something else happened - but the bottom line is you just bought a new movie, you brought it home and put it in your player, and your player said "Sorry - but I can't play it. Maybe you need a firmware upgrade?". And then you have to wait a few months for if/when your Blu-ray player manufacturer releases an upgrade to play that disc.

I love Oppo players. But they (and all players) have that exact problem I described. If a new "problem" disc comes out, you might not be able to watch it. I've had that problem a few times. My solution? Just pop the disc out of the Oppo, drop it into the PS3, and watch the disc. The PS3 has never failed me. Why? Because more people have PS3s than any other Blu-ray player. And the movie companies know this. So they actually test their movies on a PS3. And maybe a few other players. But definitely on a PS3 (if they have any sense). This makes the PS3 the "safest" player based on its ability to play any movie or TV show freshly released on Blu-ray.

For your second player - if you have room for two? I love Oppo. They play SACDs, DVD-Audios, etc. They have analog outs in addition to HDMI. If you get the high-end (105 version), they have balanced-outputs (XLR connections) for high-quality 2-channel listening. Their build quality is a thing of beauty (in my opinion). And they have lots of streaming clients.

That's my 2-cents. (Yup - I type a lot for just 2 cents...)
post #3473 of 11327
Very cool news. With the update to roomie remote, the Marantz now supports full feedback. I can browse the USB sticks music from the roomie console, As I used to be able to do with the Integra 80.2.
post #3474 of 11327
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Originally Posted by WestCoastD View Post

you mean, has anyone used these two components together? I'd like to know myself. I'd also love to hear differences between the (somewhat popular) Sony SCD-XA5400ES & Marantz PM11S3 dedicated CD/SACD players using 2ch XLR.

Yes any combination of the above. Either separately as home theater bypass with the A8801. I think it will be hard to find anyone with both. Not sure what I would do for center channel amplification if I paired them. I'd like it to be uniform. Not many reviews of the PM11S3 yet or demos available...I'd order one, but I am speculatively anticipating new monoblocks from Marantz. Marantz will not confirm or deny this.
post #3475 of 11327
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Originally Posted by Mark Seaton View Post


I personally tend to set the low pass on the LFE channel at 80Hz in most systems by preference. I think many forget that the difference between a 120Hz low pass and an 80Hz low pass is nothing more than a shelving filter. If the low pass is 4th order, the 80Hz filter is about 7dB lower at 100Hz and about 4dB at 80Hz. A 100Hz low pass setting would have about 1/2 that difference. The adjustment has more effect on shaping the LFE track's response than it does on cutting off content. If you're running the subs with a rising response on the low end which blends with the main speakers, experimenting with 80, 100 vs. 120Hz is basically a means to taper the top end of the LFE channel. Setting this lower than 120Hz is not hacking off content any more than setting your sub a few dB hot would destroy a soundtrack. wink.gif
Thanks, Mark. Nice to see someone with authority corroborate one's own opinion. Sometimes we get so fixated on numbers and forget about how it sounds. biggrin.gif

Link to my plot which shows exactly the response difference you describe.
post #3476 of 11327
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Originally Posted by Bill222 View Post

Umm - What's wrong with the 1st generation PS3?

I'm still running three 1st generation PS3's (one for each TV in my house). I find it absolutely amazing that years after being released, Sony just keeps releasing firmware updates to add new features - such as 3D. It didn't do 3D when first released. Heck - it didn't do 24 frames-per-second when first released. But it does all that and more now - thanks to the PS3 really being a small computer and Sony's easy ability to simply reprogram it as needed with new firmware updates.

There are 2 drawbacks with the old, "fat" PS3s. The first problem is noise. The fans are noisy (and the PS3 is a power-hog/mini-space-heater). But if you have been using one for years, I'm guessing the fan noise/heat-production isn't a problem for you. The second problem is that the old PS3s can not "bitstream" the lossless audio data. But that's OK. Just have the PS3 perform the decoding of the lossless soundtracks so the PS3 is sending PCM data to the pre-amp. It will sound just the same as if the pre-amp did the decoding. Decoding can roughly be thought of as "unzipping" a file. It doesn't matter who performs the "unzipping" task, the Blu-ray player or the pre-amp. In the end, the file is expanded back to its original size, every bit intact (it's lossless). The pre-amp doesn't need to do the "unzipping" (the decoding). The value of the pre-amp is what it does to the signal after it's been decoded...

Those two drawbacks are fixed by buying a new, slim PS3. They run quietly (no fan noise? Heck, the newest ones might not even have fans). And they *can* bit-stream to the pre-amp if you really want to see your pre-amp do the decoding instead of the PS3. (But be warned. The old, "fat" PS3's play SACD's, but the new skinny PS3s don't. Sony dropped SACD support from the PS3s long ago...)

The main difference between Blu-ray players today is the streaming capabilities - and the PS3 is one of the best, Yes - everyone has a Netflix client - but the PS3 was one of the first to have 5.1 sound available in its Netflix client. Vudu HDX, Hulu Plus, etc - it's available - in high quality - on the PS3.

You should always have a PS3 in your system to be able to play Blu-rays. Always. If you only have one Blu-ray player, it should be a PS3. If you have two or more Blu-ray players, one of them should be a PS3. Currently I have three Blu-ray players in my main system. An Oppo BDP-83SE, an Oppo BDP-105, and, of course, an old, original 60GB "fat" PS3.

Why is a PS3 a requirement for Blu-ray playback? Because Blu-ray menus are complicated. They're Java programs. The players are basically running Java programs to provide Blu-ray menus. And many times when movie companies (especially Fox) release a new Blu-ray disc - the movie doesn't work on lots of players. The movie company did something new in Java menu that the players weren't expecting, or something else happened - but the bottom line is you just bought a new movie, you brought it home and put it in your player, and your player said "Sorry - but I can't play it. Maybe you need a firmware upgrade?". And then you have to wait a few months for if/when your Blu-ray player manufacturer releases an upgrade to play that disc.

I love Oppo players. But they (and all players) have that exact problem I described. If a new "problem" disc comes out, you might not be able to watch it. I've had that problem a few times. My solution? Just pop the disc out of the Oppo, drop it into the PS3, and watch the disc. The PS3 has never failed me. Why? Because more people have PS3s than any other Blu-ray player. And the movie companies know this. So they actually test their movies on a PS3. And maybe a few other players. But definitely on a PS3 (if they have any sense). This makes the PS3 the "safest" player based on its ability to play any movie or TV show freshly released on Blu-ray.

For your second player - if you have room for two? I love Oppo. They play SACDs, DVD-Audios, etc. They have analog outs in addition to HDMI. If you get the high-end (105 version), they have balanced-outputs (XLR connections) for high-quality 2-channel listening. Their build quality is a thing of beauty (in my opinion). And they have lots of streaming clients.

That's my 2-cents. (Yup - I type a lot for just 2 cents...)

+1

I still have my old fat pS3 as well as my new Oppo 103. I have them both for the reasons cited above; Though my Oppo has never failed to play a disc. My lexicon MC-12 is the non-hd version, so, I need the analog outs of the Oppo to feed my Lexicon with the decoded lossless soundtracks.

I still have not decided to keep the Lexicon or the Marantz. I still have a few weeks left on the return period to decide.
post #3477 of 11327
Totally agree with the PS3 in the rack. Nothing worse than having a room full of guests and the disc won't play. I have learned over the years if at all possible to test the disc to make sure it plays but every once in awhile I just don't get the chance. Having a PS3 is a fail safe. Besides, I love saying we are prepared for this contingency.

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post #3478 of 11327
Very informative about the Ps3 guys. And I guess the original is still the only way to get your SACD's ripped on your computer. I wish there was another way, I'd love to have mine on my network.
post #3479 of 11327
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Originally Posted by jdlynch View Post

+1

I still have not decided to keep the Lexicon or the Marantz. I still have a few weeks left on the return period to decide.

I kept both! But then the 8801 replaced an 8003 that I'd been using in combination with my MC-12 since 2008....

Off topic...I'm presuming SMR is gone for good...??? frown.gif
post #3480 of 11327
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Originally Posted by Razvanel View Post

Is $2800 a good price for the AV8801 or I could do better?

Thank you,

R
Absolutely. If you can find on at $2,800, I think that you should grab it, before someone else does. I think you can negotiate down to $2,700 too though.
Thanks.
Ken.



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Originally Posted by Big Screen View Post

Because I have two subs, I waited for a processor like the 8801 (XT32) verses obtaining the Marantz 7005 and I'm so happy I did!

The initial Audyssey setup went well, so well, that I was amazed with the results. My music DVD's sound superb, coherence from bottom to top (between the subs and stand-mounted monitors) is significantly better and center channel dialogue has improved considerably.

My room is anything but rectangular, so a correction system like the Audyssey, was one that I considered vitally important, and it didn't fail to impress. Of course, I was replacing a quite long-in-the tooth Lexicon MC1 processor, so my baseline wasn't nearly as good as most on this forum. Nevertheless, so far (without trying all the ancillary whistles and bells), I'm really satisfied with the 8801's purchase.

I have enjoyed following this thread and appreciate all the help that it has contained....
I am on the same page as you, as I have noticed such a huge improvement in my 7.2 Set-Up, after using the AV8801 processor; I was Amazed. And the Dialogue has become so much Clearer and Coherent, that I can now watch a movie at even -45 dB (Relative Mode) and understand what people are saying in the movies in the middle of the night!!!
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