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My Denon blew out, and I am not getting it fixed. It is gigantic, and is really more of a PITA than an inspiration to me. I am considering the Marantz 1603 because it is small, but thought I would check here for a different idea.


Is there a surround amp that just has optical in -- no HDMI switching? And 5.1 or 7.1 setup. I am wired for 7.1, but I could compromise. I can switch with my LED panel between Tivo and Xbox, and it would be more convenient to just run the audio down into a dedicated amp that would just handle sound processing and amplification.


I know this is heresy to some, but if anyone out there has an idea (I know about the NAD 2-channel unit) lmk.


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There are lots of them on the used market for cheap -- everybody wants HDMI now. Units which once were considered high-end are selling for the prices of current entry-level models. E.g. the Marantz 9000 pre/pro was going for less than $300 the last time I checked, but it's physically a lot larger than a 6003.
 

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That is a cool idea - clever!


Sadly, I am looking for something smaller. I was hoping for something like the NAD-3020 with 5+1 or 7+1. Eliminate all the video switching architecture and just surround amp with remote (and IP control, wish wish)


The big guys are going to lose a lot of ground to the new sound bars if they keep fighting the new architectures! My dream would be a Sonos with surround sound processing and a single optical in. Link to whole-house audio when I don't want TV and be a surround-sound integrated amp when I do.


But I am an outlier for now. In time.
 

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TV doesn't always make a good audio switcher. Most downgrade some of the audio sources passed through it.
What tv are you using? Have you tried to verify the true form/quality that TiVo and xbox pass audio through the tv with toslink?
 

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yeah audio through TV is lousy, also it probably drops multi-channel.

If you want tube 2 channel amp, and multi-channel downmixing, I'd probably look for a older type av pre-amp, something like Lexicon DC-2 should be available for peanuts.
 
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