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post #8131 of 11320
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Originally Posted by sillycyberfunguy View Post

I just hooked up the 8801 last night. I used 8003 for quite a few years. Amazing difference in the multichannel sounds.

I am a disappointed in the 2-channel Pure Direct sound compared to the 8003. Maybe just maybe, i need to break in the amp to warm up the sound.

**crosses fingers**



Congrats! I haven't done 2 channel with the 8801, but there are guys here that hold the key to it's success wink.gif I'd suggest waiting for audiofan1 to comment because I know he's going too biggrin.gif Also Rich is doing the 2 channel thing very well. And there are others.
Edited by comfynumb - 9/13/13 at 9:03am
post #8132 of 11320
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Originally Posted by sillycyberfunguy View Post

I just hooked up the 8801 last night. I used 8003 for quite a few years. Amazing difference in the multichannel sounds.

I am a disappointed in the 2-channel Pure Direct sound compared to the 8003. Maybe just maybe, i need to break in the amp to warm up the sound.

**crosses fingers**
Are you using 7.1 Pure Direct input?
post #8133 of 11320
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Originally Posted by craig john View Post

Are you aware that Audyssey's room correction/EQ is disabled when the internal test tones are played?

I was not.

But once I make the level adjustments they seem to stick once Audessey in on again, correct?
post #8134 of 11320
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Originally Posted by discodol View Post

I was not.

But once I make the level adjustments they seem to stick once Audessey in on again, correct?
Sure, they stick, but, technically, they're incorrect. Without having Audyssey engaged while the test tones are run, the Audyssey boosts and cuts are not accounted for in the measured SPL's. If you make adjustments with Audyssey dis-engaged, once you re-engage Audyssey, the re-set levels are incorrect. Specifically, the relative calibration of the channel levels will be incorrect.

As beastaudio said, if you want to check and adjust the levels after running Audyssey, you should do so with *external* test tones, (i.e., from a calibration test disc), and then run them with Audyssey engaged. That way Audyssey's room correction/EQ is accounted for in the measured levels. (BTW, if you do this, you are most likely to find that Audyssey got the levels correct in the first place.)

Craig
post #8135 of 11320
AIX has a nice blu ray that has calibration tones etc for a lot of different formats. Spears and Munsal's latest calibration disk has osme of this as well.
post #8136 of 11320
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Originally Posted by FEARSOMEFAN View Post

Looking for discrete channel level commands for the AV8801. Would like to adjust each channel level independently on the fly. Does anyone have hex commands or serial commands for this?
Marantz has been no help on this. Thanks.

See post #8021
post #8137 of 11320
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Originally Posted by AlxG View Post

Are you using 7.1 Pure Direct input?

Not yet. I have oppo 95 hooked with 2 channel XLR for old skool 2 channel enjoyment
HMDI for 7.1
post #8138 of 11320
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Originally Posted by bwv1080 View Post

I prefer the Sony by a small margin--it has slightly greater transparency and detail. It's not a night and day difference, but it is noticeable.
thanks for your input
post #8139 of 11320
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Originally Posted by discodol View Post

Since I built my system in steps my first upgrade after I got the Platinums was to add a Parasound A21 to drive the front l/r.

Next I upgraded my center channel speaker to the matching Platinum so I upgraded to the Parasound A23 to drive it.

I then upgraded to an Integra DTA 70.1 to drive the front highs, front wides, and the 4 surrounds.

If I were to do it all over I guess I would probably use the Parasound A31 for the 3 front channel speakers and perhaps two A51s for the rest. That would leave a few extra channels for another room.

Your A51 is perfect for 5 channels and is easy to add to if you want to add more channels.

You are going to love your screen and projector as bigger is always better!
yeah, I'm really happy with the Parasound A51/GS-Series combo. Nice to know you're running similiar power for your PL-Series.
post #8140 of 11320
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Originally Posted by sillycyberfunguy View Post

Not yet. I have oppo 95 hooked with 2 channel XLR for old skool 2 channel enjoyment
HMDI for 7.1

CD input on the AV8801 via XLR or RCA connection uses ADC and DAC processing path. The 7.1 uses pristine/unmolested signal path and sounds different compared to XLR connection. Only you can tell which path sounds different.
post #8141 of 11320
Good to know. I try both. Thanks for that info.
post #8142 of 11320
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Originally Posted by audiofan1 View Post

You need to re run Auydyssey wink.gif

Bleaurgh. Oh well.
post #8143 of 11320
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Originally Posted by sillycyberfunguy View Post

Not yet. I have oppo 95 hooked with 2 channel XLR for old skool 2 channel enjoyment
HMDI for 7.1

My first reaction to the AV8801 was similar to yours, it was much brighter than I was used to.
I connect the BDP-105 via the 7.1, XLR, COAX, and HDMI. The 7.1 inputs are not digitized but the XLR can be.
I do not think we know for sure if Pure Direct defeats XLR AD conversion but it should.

I have my Pronto programmed to swith between HDMI, COAX, XLR, and 7.1 inputs.
IMO from best to worst sound quality I rate them: 7.1, XLR, COAX, then HDMI.
The 7.1s are a bit fuller and less bright.

I have changed my amps a few times and I feel the 7.1 and Parasound A51 present a very pleasant high-end.
Changing lip-sync, HDMI control, and processing can subtly affect the sound.

Here are the settings that I am currently using:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1431914/marantz-av8801-preamp-processor-official-owners-thread/3030#post_22985991

- Rich
post #8144 of 11320
Has anyone noticed that the new firmware update erased the audyssey setup?
post #8145 of 11320
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Originally Posted by MBrown2020 View Post

Has anyone noticed that the new firmware update erased the audyssey setup?

Not mine wink.gif
post #8146 of 11320
I found it had and I used restore to bring it back.
post #8147 of 11320
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Originally Posted by MBrown2020 View Post

Has anyone noticed that the new firmware update erased the audyssey setup?

Haven't done it yet but thanks for the heads up
post #8148 of 11320
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Originally Posted by audiofan1 View Post

Not mine wink.gif

Good to know audiofan1. Anyone else updated and lost audyssey settings ?
post #8149 of 11320
Hi Franin! when are you planning to watch Star trek ID ? I'm planning on tomorrow night !
post #8150 of 11320
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Originally Posted by MBrown2020 View Post

Has anyone noticed that the new firmware update erased the audyssey setup?

Nope. My settings stayed the same.
post #8151 of 11320
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Originally Posted by audiofan1 View Post

Hi Franin! when are you planning to watch Star trek ID ? I'm planning on tomorrow night !

Haven't got our copy yet mate it gets released over here on the 18th. Let us know what you think especially on the audio smile.gif
post #8152 of 11320
Do you know if there is a way of muting one speaker in stereo mode?
I will get a pair of new speaker cables and I would like to connect it to only one of my speakers to have blindfolded test. I want to switch between speakers L and R to see if there is any difference
post #8153 of 11320
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Originally Posted by bigguyca View Post

To connect from the Marantz AV8801 to your Anthem P5 you need 3.5mm audio cables. Monoprice sells them (3.5mm Stereo Plug/Plug M/M Cable). The cables Monoprice sells, and almost anyone else sells for that matter, are stereo. I've found stereo generally works but I use stereo to mono adapter plugs, also from Monoprice, just to be sure. ( Monoprice search: 3.5mm Mono Plug to 3.5mm Stereo Jack Adaptor - Gold Plated) The cables and adapters connect with a satisfying click. As I'm sure you have found out, anytime you mess with the back of the P5 there is a chance of moving the switch which selects between external trigger, auto on, and on by switch. It is also easy to hit the XLR/RCA selector switches. Accidentally changing a switch setting can lead to a lot of head scratching!

I have an AV8801 connected to a P5 using these cables for the trigger function and it works very well.

thank you for the reply.... it is go to see that another is using the anthem statement products... i usually just read about the people using parasound ....

i was thinking about expanding my channels in my theater and was looking for an A5 to do some of the other channels.... i don't know for sure but feel, that another P5 would be overkill for expanding beyond the 5.1.

does none sell the tigger 1/8 cable in mono? i am not big on using adapters. but if need be i will.

Bill
post #8154 of 11320
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Originally Posted by baranowski View Post

thank you for the reply.... it is go to see that another is using the anthem statement products... i usually just read about the people using parasound ....

i was thinking about expanding my channels in my theater and was looking for an A5 to do some of the other channels.... i don't know for sure but feel, that another P5 would be overkill for expanding beyond the 5.1.

does none sell the tigger 1/8 cable in mono? i am not big on using adapters. but if need be i will.

Bill

Search amazon for "mono cable"
post #8155 of 11320
Hi,
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Originally Posted by MBrown2020 View Post

Has anyone noticed that the new firmware update erased the audyssey setup?

No loss (of my Pro cal) after update, here.

Hugo
post #8156 of 11320
Got to spend some time finishing setup and putting the 8801 through some paces. I hung some wide speakers and used a temporary amp so I could run Audyssey. I will pick up a used 2 channel on the bay or Audiogon. I found setup to be simple and straight foreword. I bypassed my switch and went ethernet directly to my Uverse router. I saw the prompt for the firmware so I ran it. I then set up my Sirius, Spotify and Pandora accounts. First up was 2 channel music through a Sonos zp90. I drive my Carver al3's with a Mcintosh mc252 to the ribbon section and a B&K to the woofers. I do this because the ribbons are very inefficient so I use the Mc strictly to drive them. I was pleased to discover that even though I set up the main l/r channels to output via xlr, the rca still put out a signal which made bi-amping much easier. I found the stereo presentation to be full, balanced and the soundstage was solid. I need to see if there is a stereo mode which employs the subs. Wont use it often but it would be nice to have it available. I then played a 3d movie to make sure I had it set up tp pass 3d which it did very nicely. My initial impression of this unit is very good. Need to spend more time with it to gut used to all the operatins but it seems pretty user friendly. more so than my Integra 80.2.
post #8157 of 11320
Just a Quick Question.
Any Recommendations or Suggestions for a Replacement of the Original Remote Control, RC016SR that comes with the AV8801?
I am thinking of getting a New Remote for my AV8801.
Thanks.
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post #8158 of 11320
The Harmony One or one of the other models comes to mind. smile.gif
post #8159 of 11320
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Originally Posted by jdsmoothie View Post

The Harmony One or one of the other models comes to mind. smile.gif

I second that - I have used the One and now using the Harmony touch

post #8160 of 11320
I am using a Harmony Touch, just ordered the hub. It has an iOS, Andriod ap to use your device to control your system. It is very easy to set up and works well. I had a Universal urc remote. Never again. It worked well but if you are not a dealer, they don't want to deal with you. I no longer support the firmware and driver needed to update my remote.
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