Hey Folks -
I inherited a pretty solid sound system when I purchased my last house. We recently relocated due to a job and I took the sound system with me. I'd like to take it to 4k though and have a few questions. I got a quote from a local AV install, but frankly, it's just too far outside my budget even though I liked him. Hoping someone can help as I've done a little research, but can't seem to answer the following.
Here's my current setup:
2 Martin Logan Electro Motion Towers
4 Martin Logan Fresco-I LCR's
1 Martin Logan ESL Motif
1 JL Audio Fathom F112 Subwoofer
Marantz 7005 Pre Tuner
Marantz MM8077 Amplifier
I understand I can jump to a Marantz 4k receiver and make things easy, but it's expensive and I need some budget for the TV. I've actually considered just selling the whole setup for 5-7k and buying something cheaper. But before I go that route, I'd like to explore the following:
1. Could I get a Samsung OLED and run my television to the Marantz receiver with the TV being the pass-through for 4k resolution/sound?
2. If the answer to #1
is "no" - can I get a newer 7.1 reciever that won't cost an arm and a leg to power this system? I'm looking at the Denon 950H, Yamaha V685BL and the Sony STRDN1080. All of them are $550 or less.
3. If I buy one of these receivers, can I connect them using an XLR to banana jack conversion? The Marantz amp only has XLR connections which might limit what I can do.
4. The tech I worked with said he has someone wanting to part with a used Onkyo PR
-SC5530 which does have XLR outputs. He offered that at $1,100 but again, outside my price range because I still need to purchase a larger TV for the room this is all getting installed in. Do I have to stick with a receiver that has XLR outputs?
Bottom line is I think I'm capable enough to install this all myself (including the in-wall runs, I have access to the area via storage space and attic space). I've built all my own PCs, so I think it comes down to just matching everything and putting it all together.
I appreciate any feedback on the topic. If I can't make it work on a budget, I'll likely consider selling the whole thing and buying something much less flashy while saving a few bucks in the process.
At this point, I'm just looking for feedback if the unbalanced pre-out is a good or bad idea. Since I'm running the speakers to the AMP, I'm assuming all the power gets channeled to the SUB from the receiver? I appreciate any input - this is pretty new territory for me.