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  1. Doug Smith

    Marantz 7200

    I've owned a 5200 and a 7300. If you can get your hands on an older Marantz for that amount of money ... take it. The older Marantz's are incredible for listening to music.
  2. Doug Smith

    Elac Atmos Speakers

    Was wondering about reflective surfaces. In my new Condo I believe the ceilings may be concrete with a layer of some spray finish over top. Not sure - but I can't drive a nail through it. How did concrete turn out as a reflective surface?
  3. Doug Smith

    OPPO Digital shutting down!

    Cambridge is ultra high end and comes from the U.K. A little on the pricey side. Looks and sounds fantastic in the show room and is a multi-dimensional player like the top end Oppo. If you're interested check out the Cambridge Audio 4KUHD Universal Blu-Ray Player CXUHD. As an aside I was...
  4. Doug Smith

    OPPO Digital shutting down!

    Just fired up the BDP- 93 for old times sake and shed a tear. Still works great, when I use it for SACD's and DVD Audio discs (the Yamaha BD-A 1060 I have produces a better picture). But when the 93 went I was going to upgrade to the top of the Oppo line for a 4K humdinger with all the...
  5. Doug Smith

    Elac Atmos Speakers

    I just moved into a condo so mounting in the ceiling was out of the question. As a result purchasing these new Elacs was the next best option - and what a result. When positioned right the soundstage seems to float between myself and the front speakers. They have worked very well indeed in my...
  6. Doug Smith

    FAN NOISE

    Yeah I guess that question should have been posed a little better. I have had Pioneer and Marantz receivers before this. I guess I was wondering if all receivers have fans, (I'm obviously no techie) because this is the first one that has been audible at all. I was just wondering if it needed...
  7. Doug Smith

    Elac Atmos Speakers

    Another oddity. My Oppo 93 Blu-ray's sound gave out after installing a new HDMI cable recently (I know - weird). Contacted Oppo and they sent me a firmware fix. They didn't seem to think it was all that unusual. Long story short I have once again been able to enjoy my DVD Audio discs through...
  8. Doug Smith

    FAN NOISE

    I have noticed a slight noise from the back of my new Anthem 720. I am assuming this is fan noise? It doesn't hum all the time so I assume the fan only comes on when needed. It is not super noticeable until you are up close. I'm wondering if this is the norm?
  9. Doug Smith

    Elac Atmos Speakers

    Yeah. Hadn't noticed the Dolby Surround or DTS Neural:x effect. You must be an Anthem owner? Thanks.
  10. Doug Smith

    PCM and DVD Audio

    Yeah nice. DVD A came out before HDMI cabling and you needed the analogs as toslink, etc. wouldn't do the trick. Maybe the format is growing so old that they thought it was not worth it to mention. I can't say that I was the first to discover this with this model of Yamaha - I read an old...
  11. Doug Smith

    PCM and DVD Audio

    Yeah it's weird that Yamaha didn't mention it in their advertising of the player. They mention SACD playback and everything else but DVD A. I wonder if in order to include DVD A in your unit you must provide analog audio outs because that's the only way DVD A was originally played before HDMI?
  12. Doug Smith

    PCM and DVD Audio

    My old Oppo 93 died so I bought a new Yamaha BD-A1060. The Yamaha does everything but DVD A's. I have quite a few from the old days. I looked online and someone said they do play DVD A's. Sure enough when I fired one up it played as a multi-PCM through my new Anthem. This is exactly what...
  13. Doug Smith

    Yamaha BD-A1060

    Picked this up when my Oppo's sound quit. Does everything but DVD-A (but it does DVD A with some tweaking with the PCM - weird, but that format is so old who knows what's going on. Can some blu-rays play DVD A's via PCM?) Seems HDMI cables have changed everything. Anyone had experience with...
  14. Doug Smith

    Elac Atmos Speakers

    Thanks for the info. Sounds like there is a Dolby Surround Upmixer at play that enhances the sound at all times - even when not solely Atmos material. Hadn't thought of hanging speakers from the ceiling. Let us know how it goes.
  15. Doug Smith

    Elac Atmos Speakers

    Added a couple of upward firing Elac Atmos speakers to my system. My receiver is an Anthem MRX 720. The system is a 5.1.2 . However the new Atmos speakers always seem to be on even when not listening to Atmos audio. The tech said it is normal for the Atmos speakers to mirror the fronts when...
  16. Doug Smith

    The Anthem 720

    Pulled the trigger and replaced my old Marantz with the new Anthem 720. I pretty much went all in and spent over six grand getting a professional installation done - adding the Anthem, some new Elac Atmos speakers, Apple TV, Sonos, etc. as well as the renovations to go with it. I kept my...
  17. Doug Smith

    MRX 720 Anthem

    Pulled the trigger and went with the 720 and two Elac Atmos speakers to add to my system. The sound is unbelievable - but I paid for it. I'm not a techie but I'm going to have to get into it again. The owners manual is slim and light.
  18. Doug Smith

    MRX 720 Anthem

    I've heard that over the past decade Marantz's quality control is not what it used to be now that it has been bought out. I have had two in the past - and have been a real fan especially for their musical ability - but haven't bought a new one in close to 20 years. I've been told that for pure...
  19. Doug Smith

    Condo Home Theatre

    My wife and I have downsized from a 5000 square foot house (kids now gone) where I had a very nice home theatre. I put it together myself in the living room but it did the trick. We are now in a 1150 square foot high rise condo. Incredible view but obviously downsized dramatically. Is it now...
  20. Doug Smith

    MRX 720 Anthem

    I talked to my home theatre guy and instead of a new Marantz he's talking me into a new 720 Anthem for my new home theatre in my condo. I have no idea about this product, and was wondering if someone out there might be familiar. I looks like it has all the bells and whistles but is worth about...
  21. Doug Smith

    Connection question

    Thanks. I didn't realize the new receivers could decode using the digital format HDMI. I'd always been told to hook up through the component jacks. My old Marantz had no HDMI inputs - only toslink and the other type of digital audio input ( the name escapes me) and it degraded sound so I...
  22. Doug Smith

    Connection question

    Haven't updated my equipment for a long time, and should have asked this question here. I want to buy a new Marantz SR 5011. Does it support SACD's and DVD Audio and how do I make the connection through my Oppo BDP-93? Thanks for your help.
  23. Doug Smith

    Been out of the game a long...long...time!

    Maybe Marantz hasn't tanked. I looked at the SR5011 and it looks pretty good. Does it support SACD and DVD Audio?
  24. Doug Smith

    Been out of the game a long...long...time!

    Just moved into a new condo. Need to upgrade my old Marantz. It has to support DVD Audio/SACD, and move up to Dolby Atmos capability. I have all other equipment except for the receiver and Atmos speakers. Haven't posted for a few years. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Is it true that...
  25. Doug Smith

    Walking Dead Season 6

    I have never read the Walking Dead comic book and I have never missed a TV episode. Every year a new group captures either some or all of the main characters, and early in the next one they escape or resolve that particular issue. This show has moved well beyond it's best before date. Should...
  26. Doug Smith

    New equipment

    Thanks for the help. Is my Oppo still ok for Dolby Atmos?
  27. Doug Smith

    New equipment

    Just bought a new 60" 4K TV. Been out of the mix for about 20 years. My old Toshiba rear projection gave up the ghost. I have a Marantz 7300 (love Marantz) and an Oppo BDP 93 ( I have a lot of DVD Audio and SACD discs). I'm thinking of going all in again and was wondering about the new Dolby...
  28. Doug Smith

    Marseille m cables

    Anything to their HDMI cables and their upscaling capabilities?