Originally Posted by jah.volunteer
A few questions about this (and maybe Marantz in general)
- For streaming audio via a network, are you only able to use iTunes/airplay? I use nothing Apple. My music library on my PC is on Media Monkey. Will this work via CAT5 connection?
Yes. The 5007 supports DLNA for streaming audio over the network. See page 53 of the owner's manual. MediaMonkey can be configred as a DLNA server. See http://www.mediamonkey.com/wiki/index.php/WebHelp:Setting_UPnP/DLNA_Media_Servers/4.0
- Is there a "pure direct" mode for 2.1 audio playback without going through any digital filters/enhancements? I've seen this option on an older marantz and while the "direct mode" worked, it cut out the low pass out for the sub for some reason.
No -- if your audio source is connected to the "7.1 CH IN" multichannel analog input, which provides a separate connection for each input channel. Each input is sent directly to the corresponding speaker. The input is not digitized and no signal processing, incuding bass management, can be applied to them. The only signal getting to the subwoofer is that which is provided on the .1 LFE channel connection.
Yes -- if you're asking about using one of the two-channel analog input connections or an HDMI or S/PDIF connection.
By definition, Pure Direct disables digital processing, including bass management. It sends each of the two input channels directly to the corresponding output (speaker) channel. In other words, if you have a 2.0 source, you'll get 2.0 output: since there's no LFE input channel, no output will be sent to the subwoofer channel.
If you enable "LFE+MAIN" (see page 122 of the owner's manual), then low frequencies (those below the front speakers' designated crossover frequency) are copied to the subwoofer channel. When "Direct" or "Pure Direct" is selected, the front speakers are sent the full frequency range of the input signals and the crossover frequency isn't applied to their output. In most circumstances this will result in "bloated bass", since both the main speakers and the subwoofer will be producing output in the frequencies where the speakers' frequency ranges overlap. To get high quality audio in this configuration, you'll probably have to adjust the low pass filter that's on the subwoofer itself so it properly meshes with the natural low frequency limit of your main speakers. You might want to compare this with Stereo mode, where Audyssey and bass management are applied to generate 2.1 output.
- The assignable surround (back) speaker connects, can these be used as the "B" in a A/B setup? Can I run a set of outdoor speakers from these binding posts and send a full range signal to them?
Yes: see page 124 of the owner's manual. However, there are some limitations. My understanding is that for external sources, only their analog inputs are sent to Zone 2. In particular, multichannel HDMI signals are not downconverted to stereo. However, if you select "Multi Ch Stereo" (see page 78) HDMI signals supposedly are downconverted and played in Zone 2. Of course, in this case you're getting the same stereo audio everywhere.
I hope this helps a little.