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post #7471 of 11301
Gentlemen,

Can you please help? I have a SMS-1 and plan to buy the av8801. I also have a f113 sub and plan to have two in the future.

With the 8801 ability to calibrate two subs via audyssey separately. Is it a positive to use and run the SMS-1 to calibrate my sub(s) further after audyssey set up? My concern is it still will calibrate the sub(s) as one unit. Which could be a negative effect on the audyssey calibration. I also have the ARO which is the jl calibration software.
post #7472 of 11301
I use my f113 for movies alone and just leave Audyssey to calibrate the sub alone.
post #7473 of 11301
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Originally Posted by ezrangel View Post

I am having serious handshake problems between the 8801 and my oppo 95. Most of time, i get no audio until i unplug and replug the hdmi cable or turn off and on the marantz.
I read someone was having the same problem a few months ago, I wonder if it was solved... maybe a FW update?!

It might be a setup problem.

With the Oppo 95, you want to connect HDMI 1 directly from the Oppo 95 to your display.
Connect HDMI 2 to the Marantz.
On the Oppo, turn off audio on HDMI 1. That'll send a cleaner signal out HDMI 1 to the display.
Also, turn off deep color on HDMI 1.

There is also a question of turn on sequence...that is, what is turned on first. Basically, you want to turn on the Oppo last.

Let us know if this works.
post #7474 of 11301
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Originally Posted by ShockFett View Post

Gentlemen,

Can you please help? I have a SMS-1 and plan to buy the av8801. I also have a f113 sub and plan to have two in the future.

With the 8801 ability to calibrate two subs via audyssey separately. Is it a positive to use and run the SMS-1 to calibrate my sub(s) further after audyssey set up? My concern is it still will calibrate the sub(s) as one unit. Which could be a negative effect on the audyssey calibration. I also have the ARO which is the jl calibration software.

I also have an SMS-1 which has been collecting dust since hooking up the 8801.

Without running REW or Omnimic, I just felt that subwoofer (a Submersive HP) sound good enough that I didn't bother additional calibration of the sub. This version of Audyssey seems to do a good "enough" job of subwoofer calibration. I only bumped up the level by 3 dbs.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that the SMS-1 has additional latency (processing time) and if you run Audyssey with it in the circuit, then you need to leave it in the circuit. If you take it out, be sure to rerun Audyssey.
post #7475 of 11301
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Originally Posted by JimP View Post

It might be a setup problem.

With the Oppo 95, you want to connect HDMI 1 directly from the Oppo 95 to your display.
Connect HDMI 2 to the Marantz.
On the Oppo, turn off audio on HDMI 1. That'll send a cleaner signal out HDMI 1 to the display.
Also, turn off deep color on HDMI 1.

There is also a question of turn on sequence...that is, what is turned on first. Basically, you want to turn on the Oppo last.

Let us know if this works.
tks, Jim.
I´ll try that as soon as i get home.
post #7476 of 11301
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Originally Posted by JimP View Post

It might be a setup problem.

With the Oppo 95, you want to connect HDMI 1 directly from the Oppo 95 to your display.
Connect HDMI 2 to the Marantz.
On the Oppo, turn off audio on HDMI 1. That'll send a cleaner signal out HDMI 1 to the display.
Also, turn off deep color on HDMI 1.

There is also a question of turn on sequence...that is, what is turned on first. Basically, you want to turn on the Oppo last.

Let us know if this works.



Jim, I ran one HDMI from my Oppo 93 to the Marantz. If I go the with two HDMI's, might there be a handshake issue every time? Do you have to turn on your gear on in a certain order every time?
post #7477 of 11301
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Originally Posted by ShockFett View Post

Gentlemen,

Can you please help? I have a SMS-1 and plan to buy the av8801. I also have a f113 sub and plan to have two in the future.

With the 8801 ability to calibrate two subs via audyssey separately. Is it a positive to use and run the SMS-1 to calibrate my sub(s) further after audyssey set up? My concern is it still will calibrate the sub(s) as one unit. Which could be a negative effect on the audyssey calibration. I also have the ARO which is the jl calibration software.

It is perfectly fine to do it that way. The suggestions you have already gotten are excellent and follow them as well. I have found the further EQ after audyssey works well as long as it is AFTER audyssey. If you just eq to dead flat response then it would be ok either way, but most folks like a bit of a "House curve" down low and if you plan to do that, you need to apply your filters after audyssey as it will negate what you do if you applied that curve before-hand in Audyssey's hope to flatten your response back out.

The only rub I have is the same one you do, unless the subs are planned to be co-located, or equidistant on left and right from the MLP, eqing them separate with audyssey and then as one with the sms-1 would cause issues. Either let audyssey EQ them as one, as well as the sms-1, or eq each one separately.
post #7478 of 11301
some one asked about "turn on sequence" and I was wondering about that albeit regarding my amps and the AV8801. I have always turned my pre-amp on before powering up my amps but since the 8801 is just in standby mode and not completely powered off as I understand it, is it necessary to take the 8801 off of standby before powering up my amps?
post #7479 of 11301
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Originally Posted by Homebrew101 View Post

some one asked about "turn on sequence" and I was wondering about that albeit regarding my amps and the AV8801. I have always turned my pre-amp on before powering up my amps but since the 8801 is just in standby mode and not completely powered off as I understand it, is it necessary to take the 8801 off of standby before powering up my amps?

I've had zero handshake issues or audio drops with my 8801 and Oppo 105. I have HDMI 1 going straight to projector and HDMI 2 to the 8801 for processing. My 5-channel amp is triggered by my 8801. I usually power on my projector first, then the 8801...which then triggers on the amp, then the 105, then manually turn on my subs.
post #7480 of 11301
That's me set up my marantz AV-8801 with the Audyssey pro kit, well what can I say it sounds incredible. I didn't think it would make that much of a difference boy was I wrong totally amazing.
post #7481 of 11301
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Originally Posted by nucky View Post

That's me set up my marantz AV-8801 with the Audyssey pro kit, well what can I say it sounds incredible. I didn't think it would make that much of a difference boy was I wrong totally amazing.



Glad to heat that!
post #7482 of 11301
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Originally Posted by KevinH View Post

I've had zero handshake issues or audio drops with my 8801 and Oppo 105. I have HDMI 1 going straight to projector and HDMI 2 to the 8801 for processing. My 5-channel amp is triggered by my 8801. I usually power on my projector first, then the 8801...which then triggers on the amp, then the 105, then manually turn on my subs.

+1, 8801/105 and zero handshake issues , the 8801 in my case triggers my Anthem MCA 30 and Halo A21 and my sub is on auto turn on and kicks on at around -31 db on the volume .
post #7483 of 11301
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Originally Posted by nucky View Post

That's me set up my marantz AV-8801 with the Audyssey pro kit, well what can I say it sounds incredible. I didn't think it would make that much of a difference boy was I wrong totally amazing.

Finally got it nucky ! I'm saving this as a treat when i've played around a little more with a few aftermarket cables , isolation platforms and rear wall diffusion ( GIK qrd) but good to hear it gets better wink.gif
post #7484 of 11301
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Originally Posted by KevinH View Post

I've had zero handshake issues or audio drops with my 8801 and Oppo 105. I have HDMI 1 going straight to projector and HDMI 2 to the 8801 for processing. My 5-channel amp is triggered by my 8801. I usually power on my projector first, then the 8801...which then triggers on the amp, then the 105, then manually turn on my subs.

Thanks but I'm not asking because of HDMI handshake issues rather the possibility of blowing a amp's fuse if turned on before the 8801. Can anyone comment on this current/power situation?

Is standby mode safe for high power amp turn-ons?
post #7485 of 11301
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Originally Posted by JimP View Post

With the Oppo 95, you want to connect HDMI 1 directly from the Oppo 95 to your display.
Connect HDMI 2 to the Marantz.
On the Oppo, turn off audio on HDMI 1. That'll send a cleaner signal out HDMI 1 to the display.
Also, turn off deep color on HDMI 1.

This is exactly how I do it with the BDP-95, the 8801, and my plasma. No handshake issues here. smile.gif
post #7486 of 11301
and I'm not referring to long walks on the beach cool.gif
post #7487 of 11301
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Originally Posted by Homebrew101 View Post

Thanks but I'm not asking because of HDMI handshake issues rather the possibility of blowing a amp's fuse if turned on before the 8801. Can anyone comment on this current/power situation?

Is standby mode safe for high power amp turn-ons?

You should be just fine. The turn on voltage of the 8801 is contained in the power supply and the 12v trigger, you should have any kind of surge going through the RCA or XLR's upon turn on. If you do then some much more serious issues are happening.
post #7488 of 11301
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Originally Posted by audiofan1 View Post

+1, 8801/105 and zero handshake issues , the 8801 in my case triggers my Anthem MCA 30 and Halo A21 and my sub is on auto turn on and kicks on at around -31 db on the volume .

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Originally Posted by Kevin C Brown View Post

This is exactly how I do it with the BDP-95, the 8801, and my plasma. No handshake issues here. smile.gif

I did the same thing: HDMI 1 to the projector (video only) and hdmi 2 to the 8801.
It seems to solve the problem.
Thanks again.
post #7489 of 11301
Without going back through the entire thread, do we know the crossover LPF and HPF slopes? Since this is not a THX certified pre/pro, (which would dictate 2nd/4th slopes), it would be nice to know if the slopes will work with speakers designed for THX-type crossovers. I am strongly considering replacing my Integra 80.2 with an 8801. However, I want to be sure the Bass Management will work as well with the Marantz as it does with my THX-certified Integra. TIA!

Craig
post #7490 of 11301
Went from 80.2 to 8801. Do not know the specs of the Marantz xover, but the sound is BETTER.
post #7491 of 11301
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Originally Posted by jmschnur View Post

Lots of good suggestions; Also be sure to update to the latest firmware.

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Originally Posted by audiofan1 View Post

Welcome to the club smile.gif did you go through the initial setup ?

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Originally Posted by DHF View Post

Give us a little more to work with here. For example - on the Directv receiver - what does your monitor tell you it is displaying? What does the Dtv receiver say it is outputting. Finally on the 8801 - go into the menu and check what the Marantz is getting for a signal and putting out. Be specific - 1080i 60 hz, 1080 P 24 hz?

Also let us know what your video settings are on the Marantz. I have had 3 different Directv receivers hook up without a hitch - and I have 2 monitors - one is tiny (50" diagonal) and only does 720/1080 I. The other one is manly - 108" and takes on all comers - up to 1080P. The Marantz can tell which monitor is on and wont feed it a signal that it cant take.

Flickering on the WDTV box could be crappy HDMI connection - or possibly 24/60Hz.

HDMI cables can be a problem - not to say that's it - but do swap cables to see if there is one behaving badly.

Thanks guys!
I tried looking into the menu, where do you findout what the signal source info is on the marantz?
I just update to the latest firmware on the WD, Marantz, and Sony, and everything is working., YAY!!

Did not have enough time to check the DirectV yet, hope it works.

This is one great sounding AV unit!!!
post #7492 of 11301
With the handshake problem solved, I could appreciate the sound of the Marantz.
Coming from a Onkyo 805 receierv, I can say that it´s a huge upgrade, the definition and separation of channels is amazing, without loosing the ambience.
The new Audyssey is great, it did a real nice job on equalization, but it got wrong some distances and levels. Question: if I manually change these parameters (distance and level) , will I loose the whole Audyssey setup and equalization?
Also, I didnt get the point for using Audyssey flat... can anyone clear that for me?
Tks.
post #7493 of 11301
Still enjoying the AV8801. smile.gif Best purchase this year.

One benefit from the last update for us was that auto-shutoff started working with that firmware upgrade. Didn't work before then.

Anyway, when we watch cable TV, we have an issue with just one channel--BBC America. The wife loves Doctor Who and we just started watching Broadchurch.

Our setup is 7.1 and the sound balance, after numerous runs with Audyssey is great with everything--except BBC America. It seems certain shows have the rear channels mixed too loud. Drives the wife bonkers since we sit closer to the rears than the fronts. Only BBC America shows do that to her. I usually end up switching to stereo to please here.

Anyone else experience something like that? If so, how do you handle it with the AV8801?

Thanks!
post #7494 of 11301
Gerry

I doubt it has anything to do with the 8801. It's just processing what it gets.

I'd do the same thing that you're doing meaning put it on stereo.

If BBC America shows up on your PBS affiliate, you might want to see if an OTA antenna resolves the problem.

Also check to see if you have a group for your location here on AVS forum and see what their experiences are.
post #7495 of 11301
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Originally Posted by craig john View Post

Without going back through the entire thread, do we know the crossover LPF and HPF slopes? Since this is not a THX certified pre/pro, (which would dictate 2nd/4th slopes), it would be nice to know if the slopes will work with speakers designed for THX-type crossovers. I am strongly considering replacing my Integra 80.2 with an 8801. However, I want to be sure the Bass Management will work as well with the Marantz as it does with my THX-certified Integra. TIA!

Craig

You will be fine here. The THX certification is really only something that Onkyo likes (and pays) to put on their receivers. The added features are cool, but in many cases not desirable. The 2nd and 4th slopes are the same layout so you will be in good shape.
post #7496 of 11301
Quote:
Originally Posted by ezrangel View Post

With the handshake problem solved, I could appreciate the sound of the Marantz.
Coming from a Onkyo 805 receierv, I can say that it´s a huge upgrade, the definition and separation of channels is amazing, without loosing the ambience.
The new Audyssey is great, it did a real nice job on equalization, but it got wrong some distances and levels. Question: if I manually change these parameters (distance and level) , will I loose the whole Audyssey setup and equalization?
Also, I didnt get the point for using Audyssey flat... can anyone clear that for me?
Tks.

Manually changing distance or levels won't affect Audyssey's calibration of frequency response.


However remember that the distances and level settings are determined by what Audyssey actually measured in your room. Subwoofers in particular usually have a significant delay in the sound they produce because of their electronics. This delay produces the same result as if the speaker were more distant from the listening position.

If you haven't already done so, please take the time to read the Audyssey 101 and FAQ at http://www.avsforum.com/t/795421/official-audyssey-thread-faq-in-post-1/51750#post_21782993
Those pages describe this effect and other details which the 8801's manual omits.

Audyssey flat often is more appropriate for music. The other setting is primarily intended for movies. Its high-frequency roll-off compensates for the high-frequency enhancement provided in the sound track which is needed in commercial movie theaters.
post #7497 of 11301
What is the use of the proxy server in the net work menu?
post #7498 of 11301
I want to get more use from my subwoofer in my multi-channel system. Most of my SACDs are 5.0, and obviously, none of my RBCDs will send any signal to it. So, I thought I'd plug my woofer into the Zone Two outputs on my 8801, but I don't get any signal (I also tried Zone 3 to no avail). Everything looks OK via the setup menu, so I don't know why I don't get any signal. Suggestions?
Edited by bwv1080 - 8/9/13 at 7:28pm
post #7499 of 11301
set your speakers to small which will send bass to the sub.
post #7500 of 11301
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Originally Posted by bwv1080 View Post

I want to get more use from my subwoofer in my multi-channel system. Most of my SACDs are 5.0, and obviously, none of my RBCDs will send any signal to it. So, I thought I'd plug my woofer into the Zone Two outputs on my 8801, but I don't get any signal (I also tried Zone 3 to no avail). Everything looks OK via the setup menu, so I don't know why I don't get any signal. Suggestions?

Here are a couple of things to try!

1. for multi/ch sacd use Audyssey Dynamic EQ and use 5 from reference or 0 as this will restore a lot of lost bass on 5.0 sacd, you may or may not like it , I do on some recordings

2. for cd use the LFE+main setting in the manual speaker settings
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