Originally Posted by GuruGurra
I have a weird problem with my receiver. When playing music from an external source the sound is somewhat brittle, "undefined" and lacking base. When playing the exact same music from an internal source (Spotify internally or USB) the sound gets more base, more "body" and gets a better stereo definition. It isn't a massive difference, but it's as if the speakers are out of phase when playing an external source only. (The speakers are not out of phase - the calibration would have warned if they were).
I have reset the receiver and run calibration, no difference. I have tried to play exactly the same mp3 file through Spotify from different computers connected through analog and digital inputs and Chromecast on HDMI input. In all cases except when playing the internal Spotify player or from a USB in the receiver, the sound gets thin and undefined.
It is not a Spotify thing, even if it is easiest to test with Spotify. I'm a hobby musician that record and mix my music using (good) headphones (connected to my computer). When I play my music through the receiver I expect to hear roughly the same soundstage, but I don't - it just sounds meh. By chance I realized that when playing files internally in the receiver it sounds better, so I export my mp3 files to a USB and insert in the receiver, and *now* I get a soundstage equal to that in my headphones.
What could possibly be the cause of this? Is there any difference in signal handling when playing internal digital sources compared with playing digital optical input that could give this effect?
I think I noticed the same thing. But I think it is not a lack of bass, there is bass, it comes through as super bright, therefore seem tinny.
I just know on my CD player, it is very bright.. I do have a pretty good player and interconnect (RCA)
I do know the internal amp sound is bright as well. When I moved to use pre-outs and external amps, it sounds better. (as in less bright). Not completely remedied.
Most of the time I do have subwoofer on, so with a little hotter sub, I don't notice it as much because there is a good amount of bass to match the treble.
I don't know if that is the "Marantz sound" here.
I don't know why internal playing doesn't, somehow the processing made it so it seemed to have a high freq EQ to it, I do have some files on DLNA I can play thru the receiver, as you have found they sound more present. But.. Chromecast is hardly the definition of nice audio source.
With the bright sound you hear everything, maybe that's the intention.