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Greetings all. I've been running an Onkyo 885 pre/pro with a Nad 925txh amp (5x140) for a couple of years. Also included in the system is Quad 22L fronts, 22L center, Emotiva ERD-1 surrounds, Epos ELS sub, Panny bluray, Fios DVR and a Squeezebox. I've been reasonably happy with this setup.


I recently lost a channel on the amp so have been running with only one surround for a while. I don't really have the $$ to scrap that amp and buy a new one right now, so in the interest of getting that channel back I'm considering selling the 885 and buying an AVR and then using the AVR to power the rears and keep the Nad to power the fronts. I'm considering the Marantz SR5004. If I pull the trigger on this I'd actually come out ahead a little, assuming I get what i think I will on Audiogon for the 885.


Just curious as to what folks think about this, or if anyone has any suggestions on another solution. Funds are pretty tight so I need to stay at or under $800 for the new AVR. Buying used is not a problem for me.


Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions!
 

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Marantz 5004/6004 AVRs are having a few problems called "pops of death". Apparently, they happen only with a certain variety of cable boxes. Check out their owner's thread for more details.
 

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The failure rate for those Marantz 5004 & 6004 is very high. 46% according to that thread. Not a great number. I'd look at the Onkyo NR807 or RC180. Very close to the capability of the SC885 with some additional functions such as networking built in - this will give you internet radio functions and firmware updates via the web and is nearly automatic.

The drawback is 'only' having Audyssey MultEQ - not the XT version you have with the SC885.

I doubt you'll find a more feature packed AVR for the price of the 807/RC180.
 

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Have you considered simply replacing the one lost channel with a monoblock amp? Outlaw and Emotiva have some decent offerings.


Unless you have other reasons for wanting to replace the 885, this seems like a more economical route to pursue.
 

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hello all,

I am new to this forum. I own a SR5004 since last December. It does its work very well, but I am having trouble with the HDMI audio.

The audio takes up to 30 seconds to handshake with the SR5004.

VERY annoying.


I am trying now to look via HDMI and listen via Optical audio input.

How can I manage this in the menu???


I cannot find any info on this in the manual.


The set=up is this;

Samsung HD cable receiver with HDMI out >> SR5004 HDMI input 2 >> SR5004 HDMI out to Philips LED TV HDMI in.


Also a BLU-Ray player HDMI out, and a Pioneer HD-recorder (component out)


NO POD until now, 2 month's in use.


Please help,


Jos

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Jos,


You can assign any digital audio input to any "source". In the English language manual, it is described in section 1-1 "FUNCTION INPUT SETUP

(ASSIGNABLE DIGITAL INPUT)" on page 25.
 
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