Hi Everyone !
That's a very good bargain for triple 9 bucks, i have a few questions if someone can help :
I have a Denon x1300, running a 5.1.2 Atmos ( i recently switched my 7.1 to 5.1.2 because the couch is stuck to the wall so i wasn't getting much from my backsurrounds), i'm stil experimenting with the front heights, as many suggested i don't hear night a day difference, but there are a lot of imperfections :
1- i feel my surround speakers are more powerful, and they outhide the front heights, i played with the levels, also set 4 of em to small, then large and different crossovers, i can definitely hear the Front Atmos effects, it's just not as good as i imagined. It might also be that 5.1.4 is way better than 2 Frontjheights. anyway i'm still experimenting, and Ready player one, 300 duology (yes old movies in 5.1 but work fantastically with the upmixers), Blade runner(s) all really sound great.
(sorry for the long introduction).
Now i'm considering upgrading my Receiver, and both Denon 4400 & this Marantz sr7012 are on my radar :
1- Using the Analog 7.1 inputs on Marantz (i have an Oppo 203 hat i wanna leverage it's DAC with a few SACDs), can i set the input on Marantz to have HDMI for video, and the Analog 7.1 for Audio ? (i like listening to my music while watching non-verbal movies, and extreme nature documentaries... they don't distract me from my listening joys).
I know that for My Denon X1300 it's not possible, you can only mix Video ins and Audio ins (legacy inputs), however i did achieve it on one particular mix : HDMI from Laptop to Receiver, Denon Input was set to HDMI, and Audio in simultaneously (plugged my turntable into the audio ins), and i switched laptop audio output to internal soundcard rather than HDMI, so basically Laptop was sending Video only, and it did work, Sound was coming from Turntable (Audio Input on Denon) and Video from Laptop. Anyone knows if this limitation is still present on the SR7012 ?
2- Since analog outputs of Oppo will only be used with Music, i appreciate how Denon & Marantz handle Movies soundtracks, so i will be using Oppo's HDMI out for all video viewings. Now i will have to go into Oppo and Turn HDMI output On/Off depending on the need, is this something that can be handled by Logitech Harmony ?
3- I'm not really familiar with the HDAM, but from reading your comments above and few other links, i believe these got to do with the pre-amp section of the Marantz, does it mean that in order to take advantage of em, one needs to use those pre-amps and send them to an external Amp ?
4- Finally this sr7012 is imax enhanced certified, as my Sony A9F, have you guys used this combination ? any Video gain over HDR ? i know that audio is processed by the receiver so that's gonna be done by Marantz.
Thanks a lot.