I have the Denon x4000 and recently added the Emotiva xpa-5 gen 2. I am getting a slight buzz and hiss coming from my speakers which is audible to about 2' away. I have done everything i can to isolate the problem. I have tried different wall sockets, noise filters, and so forth. i finally disconnected everything from the receiver. With only the pre-outs connected from the receiver to the amp I still get buzz. If I disconnect the pre-outs from the receiver and leave only the amp hooked up to the speakers the buzzing goes away but the hissing becomes very loud.
So does Denon have noisy pre-outs or am I just going crazy?
I think it might come from the Amp as some folks reported the buzz from Emo amp.
Can anyone report on the stability and reliably of the HDMI switching ( with HDCP involved) I had so much trouble with Emotiva and Outlaw, then the big Marantz working fine ( returned as Audessey was useless) as well as my NAD, ( keeping this one) I want to know if it is a problem with the boutique companies, or are there still issues with lower end budget lines. Denon should understand this if anyone does. My concern is a co-worker just bought a CI series and it is flakey. Can the newest budget Denon do the job?
I have read a lot of data sheets, EDN and IEEE papers, papers from cable and switch makers. There is absolutely no excuse to not switch and lock within 2 seconds for non-HDCP HDMI 1.3 sources. There is very little excuse for it not to switch on 1.4 either, but it IS harder. Dropping the video, dropping the audio, switching back and forth, snow, green or blue screens is just not tolerable.
The CAC line not being a balanced line driver is a design mistake in my view, and the low drive voltage ( saves power, I know) is also not very robust. Connectors are junk and it sounds like the HDCP protocol is not terribly robust. But some companies can do it, some can't. There are a lot of junk cables out there. It also seems not everyone building HDMI equipped units is a licensed implementer. D&M is, so they should be submitting their units for test. HDMI 1.3 and short cables it should not matter. If pushing the cable lengths at 1080p, cheap cables may cause issues.
BTW, I am not advocating high price name brand esoteric cables. Some of them are junk too.
Very good tid-bit. Reading on HDCP.org, I thought the session key could be cached, but that the session had to be re-established every two seconds? So a difference in implementation is explained.
Now, how about some comments from owners on the actual reliability of both implementations. I imagine the 1xxx vs 7xxx series Marantz have the same distinctions.
This is helpful in understanding why some units have had difficulty, and some not. One side of the coin would say "here is a difference, so up-sale to the x series". Of course, that flip side might then say, " the e does not work".
They almost got me, as the x4000 does have just about every feature known to mankind and I have been pleased with many Denon products over the years. I went NAD solely for the amplifier quality. Sadly, even in the store I could tell the amps were not what they were even back to the AVR 3802 I had. Of course the NAD amps are not the match of my Parasounds, but few are at any size and price.
I do have Denon X2000 AVR. I would like to connect the Denon to a power amp. I would like to have the power amp to feed the front L/R speakers. If I use zone2/Tuner I get a sound to my front speakers, but I can't change to zone2/MediaPlayer, Can I have the power amp to feed my front speakers? If so, how is it done?
Arrgh. Has anyone had this problem?.... almost every time I play a new CD, at some point within the first 20-60 seconds, I experience a complete audio dropout (lasting only a fraction of a second).
Then, it usually won't happen again throughout that CD session. But, if I eject the tray and re-load (that CD or a new one) it will happen again during the first song played (but it could be any track on the album).
I had a new AVR-1713 and a new Sony BDP-S5100.
Troubleshooting: when I plugged the Blu-ray player directly into an HDMI monitor - bypassing the Denon - I didn't seem to have the problem, so I thought it was the Denon. I returned it to Amazon and replaced it with an AVR-X1000.
Still had the same problem. So I exchanged the Sony player. And... just set it up and it happened again on the very first track. And repeatedly.
So, what is it? I've replaced both the receiver AND the player. I've replaced the HDMI cable, which was new from Monoprice (and only 1.5 ft long). And I've tried plugging the Blu-ray player into a different input on the receiver.
Please tell me there's something I'm missing. Any suggestions at all?
Based on the HDMI board issues Onkyo has had likely better and the fact that it offers more features to include Sub EQ HT if you have 2 or more subs, better yet although as it is still only a few months old, the price has not dropped that low.
Yeah, it doesn't happen every single time, but nearly. I'm trying a variety of discs - some CDs and some SACDs. It tends to happen during the first song played in that session (could be any track on the album).