Originally Posted by SteveH
I will say, the HEOS app has come a looooooooooooong way from the early days. Early on, it was pathetic. The remaining frustration is that some customers want Amazon music service or Apple Music. That's a show stopper for some. Barring that, the HEOS platform it what I love most about Denon and Marantz. Well other than the product works without the annoying bugs that most boutique brands have. Those brands have about 1/90th (that's not a typo) of engineering resources. i.e. normally 3 engineers for the boutique brands versus 275 engineers for Marantz and Denon.
For those who have the 7705 and haven't bother trying it. Give it a try. If you have Spotify, you jump outside of the HEOS app and still have full feature control (and why I ditched Tidal for Spotify).
Sounds cool -- I'm looking forward to trying out the HEOS on mine.
By the way, I've had my new AV7705 for about two weeks, and up to now I've just been checking all the basics -- ie all the sound modes and speaker & bass management settings etc.
For the past 10 years I'd been using an Onkyo PR
-SC886 processor, and even though that had a toroidal transformer (and this Marantz doesn't) the sound of the new Marantz is definitely an upgrade.
First impressions: More low/mid 'body'; and cleaner treble with less 'glare' than the Onkyo. The fronts, surrounds & center together present a more seamless soundstage, and the large sub seems much better integrated too -- apart from the "Multi-Ch Stereo" mode which seems to perform bass-management only for the front L/R channels - see my posts above. Fortunately, with the other surround modes (Dolby Surround etc.) the redirected bass is correctly taken from all the channels to the sub and seems to be perfectly 'in balance' with the hi-passed fronts, center & surrounds.
Also, unlike with the Onkyo, now I can actually get enough low-bass energy coming from my Tannoy floorstanders when I set to 'Large' -- so I don't even need my subwoofer in the mix anymore when playing music.
In terms of the material/content that I'm putting through my system, I'm mainly listening to music via my 'Dune HD' network media player. I have a pretty large FLAC collection residing on Ethernet-connected network hard-drives, which are streamed via the Dune into the AV7705 as LPCM over HDMI, including lossless 2ch & 5.1ch 24bit/96KHz, and even some music in 5.1ch 192KHz resolution. So far I'm quite impressed.
ps. My system:
~ Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1075 (5ch)
~ Speakers: Tannoy Revolution Signature DC6T series (complete set for 5.1) -- see attached promo pic...
~ Subwoofer: BK Electronics "Monolith Plus", 500watt RMS downward-firing version
~ Crossovers, either: 80Hz all around; OR: Front L/R set to "Large" (Center & Surrounds set to 80Hz).