I’m not saying I know much better. My reply wasn’t
directed at amirm, rather the thread as a whole. I’ve been on the site. The thread was pretty rediculous IMO. My biggest issue is when when the whole “what can this thing do that an oppo 205 can’t do” mentality started to grow legs.
From the threads very first post:
Originally Posted by amirm
A larger miss for audiophiles is lack of USB input. You can use HDMI, S/PDIF, Toslink and Ethernet to stream data to it but can't use it as a USB DAC. For my testing as such, I resorted to S/PDIF and HDMI.
Originally Posted by Marantz
The AV8805 lets you discover the incredible fidelity of high-resolution audio tracks with the ability to decode up to 24-bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks (the audiophile format of SACD) via the front panel USB port and network sources. Or, listen to other popular file types such as MP3.
Sooo about that “missing” USB input?
Also as it was called out more than once, even on page 6 where you had even made a post.
Originally Posted by restorer-john
But you are testing a complete AV processor, not a D/A converter chip in isolation. You've taken the output from the line outs, with goodness knows what in between the D/A and those XLRs. You've adjusted the digital level control. You've tested it with arbitrary levels above its rated spec. The specs may be dreadful, but the unit beats (for the things you tested) those specs (mostly). The rated output of the XLR is 2.4 volts. You tested it at 4.126V with an arbitrary winding back of the digital level control.
It's rated distortion is 0.008%. You tested 0.0027%, so it beat it spec by 296%.
The dynamic range is rated (with respect to 2V) at 100dB. Your test at 4.1V was 110dB, again better than spec.
Does it interest me? Not at all, but for videophiles it may be just the ticket.
So the 8805 has a rated output of 2.4 volts on the unbalanced XLR outputs. But the test was done at 4 volts, to meet the “standard” of his other tests. Why test the Marantz at nearly double it’s rated output?
Again, there was this, which seemed to take flight and was brought up and defended on more than one occasion.
Admittedly it's no longer being produced, but what can this do that the Oppo-205 can't? A few more HDMI inputs, a lot moar channel outputs... anything else?
What? Really.. That’s where we are now?
Amir has an impressive resume. I do agree with him about Sony in the late 80s. Some of my favorite pieces of audio gear comes from Sony in the 80s.