Besides some hair pulling on the trigger operation (and having to resort to reading instructions
), it's up and running...and I have never owned a rig like this before. I thought my Pioneer Elite sounded pretty good, but this setup is noticeably better sounding...now the "only thing" left is purchasing 7 new speakers and a 4k TV lol.
I ran through a few of my hi-res discs last night, some 5.1, some stereo, and played a bunch of stuff from the home network, and it is truly a revelation, how much better it sounds...and I am sure some of my opinion is because I *want* it to sound better. I don't know if it is the headroom provided by a powerful amp that emphasizes dynamics, or just the higher quality of the equipment, whatever it is I like it!
And I haven't begun the room correction process yet, so maybe a slight increase even possible?
All playback was via Oppo BDP-205 with 5.1 analog out to the AV7705 and XLRs to the D-Sonic, Blue Jean cables with banana plugs to the Ascend Sierra 2.
The 7705 and the D-Sonic are in a cabinet. I installed and AC Infinity fan "system" - just two 4" fans (bottom blowing in, top blowing out) and a T-series controller (probably 25% of the back of the cabinet has been cut away as well) and while I wasn't cranking the tunes (well, a bit for short periods...trying not to irritate the other half lol), the cabinet temp never got above 88F (ambient was 78) and I was running the fans about half speed, so it seems not to be running all that hot. The only other component in the cabinet is a small Genie 2 wireless DirecTV unit which I didn't use last night...but should get a workout tonight for GoT!
(I used to have my own poorly rigged "cooling system" consisting of 4 small computer fans and also had a PS4 in the cabinet with a Dish Hopper before the DirecTV unit, and if I forgot to open the front of the cabinet when playing with the PS4, it would get very warm in the cabinet, the cooling fans on the PS4 running at what must be top speed, "screaming"...which was in effect my "high temp" alarm)