Originally Posted by grasshoppers
Hello, new Marantz SR6012 owner.....my trusty 7.5 year old Anthem MRX gave up the ghost. I decided
On this AVR primarily for the Audyssey Platinum (I came from using Anthem's Highly regarded room EQ)
This Marantz has a ton of new features I will probably never use. (Atmos,HEOS,CEC/ARC etc)
I fell like it's been A LONG TIME since I set-up a new AVR...things have definitely changed!!
Hopefully for the better
Unfortunately, of course, with all the new features come more settings that you can adjust, making things all that much more complicated.
My set up is a very simple one and is not likely to change
Standard 5 speakers and 2 subs.
I use 2 mono-blocks to power the left/right speakers. (They are hooked up to the Marantz pre-amp output)
My TV is a 65" Sony 1080p and all my sources are 1080p.
No zone 2 or 3. Or B speakers
Initial set-up went great
I have a few questions if someone has time:
1)-for my setup what is the correct configuration for the "amp select/assign" for ny system. It seems as
Though there are a ton of options. Which is correct for me???
You can start with any of the Amp Assign selections which includes the speakers that you do have, even the 11.1 configuration. The final speaker configuration will be the same, no matter which you start from. When the Audyssey calibration is run, it'll detect which speakers you have and enable and disable the appropriate speaker channels. Given your 5.1 speaker configuration, starting from the default (7.1 + Zone 2) is fine.
If you haven't already, you might want to consider running the "Setup Assistant". It'll carefully test each speaker individually and step you through the other important settings.
2)Audyssey set my Fronts to 'large full band'. I can't seem to figure out how to set them to SMALL.
They're in the Manual speaker settings menu. Selecting that menu does not change any settings other than the ones that you actually adjust. For example, selecting it won't invalidate the Audyssey calibration unless you turn on speakers which were not previously calibrated. You can turn off calibrated speakers and then turn them back on, for example.
To get to that menu, press on the remote's Setup button.
In the resulting on-screen menu, scroll down to and select "Speakers"
then select "Manual Setup"
then select "Speaker Config."
There are separate "Speaker Config." menu items for each speaker pair where you can select Large or Small.
My center and surrounds were set small with 60 hz xover. I would ideally like to run them at 80hz
And the left/right at 60hz. I noticed that I could change ALL speakers to small with an xover of 80hz,
Which is a global xover.?
Setting the global crossover frequency to be 80 Hz should be fine for your situation, although sometimes adjusting them individually can help make your system sound better. You can raise the crossover frequency above what Audyssey chose, but don't lower it. (Often people have some speakers with crossover frequencies which are well above 80 Hz. That high a crossover frequency can be inappropriate if applied globally: frequencies above about 80 Hz can be directional, bringing inappropriate attention to the location of the subwoofer.)
I don't really want to use 'LFE+Main' as I've have read that creates too much
What I do want is when I play a 2channel music source is to have the subs playing/reinforcing the mains!
Setting the fronts to be Small should accomplish this.
3) what is the best way to perform firmware updates?? USB stick or over the wireless network??
A hard-wired ethernet connection is more reliable than wireless. If running an ethernet cable is too inconvenient, a power-line network adapter is a reasonable alternative. USB firmware updating also is reasonable, but the Web site's firmware often is not updated until a month or so after a firmware update has been made available over the network. This can be an advantage if a firmware update is discovered to be too buggy, which has happened a few times recently. You can roll-back a firmware update by simply installing the previous version.
Do I even
Need firmware updates with my simple system.
In addition to bug fixes, D&M have released a few new features as no-fee updates. Most of them have been related to 4K video support, though, so they wouldn't be relevant to you until you upgrade your TV. (Support for Dolby Vision is an example of this.)
Note that for-fee firmware upgrades
(specifically, to get Atmos-3D) are separate from no-fee firmware updates
. You can turn off notices about upgrades while still getting notices about updates. Considering the higher-than-usual number of bugs in recent firmware updates, you might want to turn off having them applied automatically, while keeping their notices enabled.
4)am I correct in assuming the 'smart select" buttons on the remote are only used if you have hdmi ARC/CEC
They're useful for much more than that.
Those buttons are convenient whenever you want to configure the receiver quite differently in different situations, but don't want to have to push multiple buttons and step through several different menus to change all of the necessary settings. (E.g. sometimes disable Audyssey and DynEQ while listening to stereo.) Press and hold for a few seconds one of the "smart select" while the receiver is in one configuration, then press and hold another after you've put the receiver in the other configuration. Then a brief press will restore the desired settings.
Thanks for any assistance, I've been reading thru this thread and I'm up to page 22.
The 6012's owner's manual can be downloaded from http://manuals.marantz.com/sr6012/na/en/
If you haven't already, please take the time to look through the Audyssey 101/FAQ
. It'll help you to get a good calibration. The instructions in the equipment's owner's manual are pathetically inadequate.