I am currently using a Marantz AV8802A as a processor in a 2 ch setup. It's not the right tool for the job: it's made to do 13.2 surround, in multiple zones, with inputs from a dozen devices.
Is there a better, cheaper solution? I could sell the Marantz for ~$1500.
Hi Steve, all,
Are you aware of any studies that look at this? I did one quick google and found this:
but I'm well outside my area of expertise here.
I'm not sure what an experiment to test your hypothesis...
Quick update. I set these up on top of my existing speakers and played a couple of tracks over Spotify via the Marantz. EQ and room correction from the Marantz is off. I have tried Audyssey, which is questionable anyway, and it made the Studio 100s worse for TV/movies (5.1), if anything. I...
If there's a safety issue, you recall them all, test them all, and fix the ones that need to be fixed.
And the classic...
Marantz AV8802A (dangit), Anthem MCA-50, Paradigm Studio 100 v2's. I expect a, um, audible difference.
(The SO's rule is that I can buy whatever speakers I want, but they can't look like dementors from Harry Potter.)
I am using an SMSL SU-8 DAC and THX 789 AAA amp. It's a great combo. The Topping DACs get a lot of love on this forum, but the reliability issues put me off. I haven't personally tried any of them.
I also bought an Atom. It sounded the same (to my ears) as the THX 789; I couldn't tell a...
One of my friends writes for that site; you're correct that the reviews are not as detailed as ASR. Very few reviews are! They're more like a modernized Consumer Reports than anything, and they focus on smaller items that CR does not. In the U.S., CR is famous for reviewing things like cars and...
I have a similar question. My desktop listening chain consists of:
Some player with a volume control
An OS with a volume control (Ubuntu Linux with Spotify or Audacious)
A DAC with a volume control (SMSL SU-8)
Speakers with a built-in amp and volume control
As I understand it, it's best to set...
I think there might be a typo here; I think you're using the 8805 that @amirm measured?
Were you able to find specs (e.g., THD) for the Emotiva? I checked their site and may have missed it. It has the same DACs (AKM 4490) as the Marantz AV8802A, just more of them (I think). As has been covered...