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  1. ChrisAG

    been out of the game for a while, in need of a new receiver

    Only high-end receivers can decode the new HD formats internally through HDMI; but most cheaper (or older) HDMI-capable receivers can accept lossless PCM sent by the player, which gives you HD. Even very old receivers can deal with HD through their analogue inputs (as long as the player has...
  2. ChrisAG

    7.1 and 6.1 vs 5.1? Do you like surround modes > 5.1? Speaker placement?

    Yes, but so far the analogue outs on HD-DVD and BD are 5.1 only, AFAIK. Why the manufacturers would only put 5.1 outs on a player capable of 7.1 is beyond me... which forces people to upgrade to an HDMI receiver if they want the new 7.1 formats (maybe that's why they do it).
  3. ChrisAG

    SACD bass management

    That would only be the case if the signal is downmixed to 16 bit / 44KHz (CD quality), but that may not be the case if you stick with the analogue inputs. There definitely will be a reduction in quality from "Direct" mode (Direct mode for analogue CD, AUX, etc. should give identical performance...
  4. ChrisAG

    PSB Image T55?

    If WAF is still a factor for tower speakers Totem Sttafs are one of the best looking on the market, though they may be a little more than $1000.
  5. ChrisAG

    Need help getting rid of annoying (volume) protection lock

    Do you have all speakers set to Small? Is the receiver in an enclosed rack that may be inhibiting ventilation? Since your Marantz is still under warranty, I wouldn't open it up... that will void it. As for the Mordaunt-Short being too shrill, does the 5600 have a HT-EQ setting to reduce...
  6. ChrisAG

    Older Marantz high-end EX receivers? 14EX, 18EX and 19EX? How do they differ?

    Another question is whether the older units (19EX-14EX) had wide-bandwidth component switching. I know the component input on the 7200 was not high-definition capable, but that was remedied for the x300 models. The earliest Marantz receiver to have upconversion to component was the 9300V...
  7. ChrisAG

    Small Speaker Recommendations

    I have the MS902s and my brother has the Titans... the Mordaunt-Shorts are more refined and accurate. The Titans are good for the price, but a little boomy.
  8. ChrisAG

    Gear Longevity Database

    There is one Yamaha RX-V390 and two RX-V490s in my extended family still going strong after about nine years (purchased late 1997, early '98)... My Dad has my Marantz SR6200 that I purchased in 2002, almost five years old... and I have an SR7300 OSE from 2003, just approaching the four year...
  9. ChrisAG

    best bang for a new 5.1 setup

    Use that $600 budget to buy used. You can get a nice upper-range unit for that price if you go back to 2003 or so.
  10. ChrisAG

    Yamaha Receivers so many to pick from! How do you know which one is for you.

    Get the best you can realistically afford. Or, buy used, and get a higher model with superior sound for less money (though you may give up a feature or two).
  11. ChrisAG

    Marantz 7300 OSE noise - is there a fix?

    Thanks Jeff; I'm always curious as to how sound characteristics (and build quality) of receiver models changes year over year. The 7300ose has much more detail and probably a wider soundstage than my previous 6200, and is far better for HT, although I think the 6200 wins for bass production...
  12. ChrisAG

    Marantz 7300 OSE noise - is there a fix?

    Thanks Chris, glad to have you guys over. Now that it is repaired I think the 7300 will be around for a few years... love the build and sound on that baby. It's too bad no magazine ever did an A-B test to compare the regular 7300 to the OSE model. I can't help wondering if the tweaks improve...
  13. ChrisAG

    Marantz 7300 OSE noise - is there a fix?

    Finally got it fixed through D&M Canada. I had to do a lot of research for them, since (I assume) with the Denon merger, the history of a three year old Marantz model wasn't at the forefront of their minds. Turns out that a capacitor change greatly reduces, but does not completely eliminate...
  14. ChrisAG

    Choosing between Marantz receivers

    I wouldn't go with the 7200. While it sounds great, there were a lot of defective 7200, 6200 and 5200 units out there (speaking from experience with the 6200). Also, starting with the x300 series the newer units have a few more desirable convenience features and more powerful amplifiers (check...
  15. ChrisAG

    DTS HD and DD HD recievers yet?

    High-end models don't even have the new formats, never mind affordable units. Assuming some high-end models are introduced by Summer / early Fall '06 with the new formats, the technology won't tricle down to the lower-end units for at least a year after that, IMO.
  16. ChrisAG

    Marantz 7300 OSE noise - is there a fix?

    Steve - Did Marantz say what the culprit was? I'd like to tell the repair guy here what part might be at fault. Greg - thanks for the info, I may give them a call.
  17. ChrisAG

    Marantz 7300 OSE noise - is there a fix?

    A couple of years ago there was a lot of talk in this forum about a high pitched whine coming from the centre channel of the SR7300 & OSE models. I forgot about this issue when I picked up a used OSE a couple months back. Unfortunately, the unit I have exhibits this problem. Basically, when a...
  18. ChrisAG

    B&W or Mordaunt Short

    Curious - why would you want the powered 908 woofers when you already have a sub? Wouldn't the 906 or 904 be sufficient, or are you looking to listen to music without the SVS?
  19. ChrisAG

    Recomendation: Onkyo TX-SR703, Marantz SR4600 or Marantz SR5600?

    I agree the Onkyo 797 is very well built. I had one for a week, but returned it because I didn't like the sound as much as that of the Marantz 6200 I had in for repair (S-video switching, fixed).
  20. ChrisAG

    Audition: Mordaunt Short 914 vs Paradigm Phantoms...long

    It also depends somewhat on amplification, even among different brands of similarly priced receivers. The 906 dealer pair were hooked up to an Anthem amp, and had fantastic bass. I suspect that with a high-end amp the MS would do better than the Paradigm Performance, but who knows for sure.
  21. ChrisAG

    Marantz Neo-6, CS-II?

    I checked out the adjustability of DPL-II, and apparently only the DPL-II Music setting has any customizable settings for centre width, etc. Strange if your 8300 (from the same year) has more adjustability, but maybe that's what THX-Select or more $ gets you? Anyway, I'm really enjoying...
  22. ChrisAG

    Marantz Neo-6, CS-II?

    I'm comparing these modes to DPL-II on my 7300 OSE. I've only had the 7300 for a few weeks (bought used) to replace my 6200 and haven't reached many conclusions yet. On the 6200 the differences between CS 5.1 and DPL-II were obvious, with CS giving greater separation. With the 7300 its a little...
  23. ChrisAG

    Audition: Mordaunt Short 914 vs Paradigm Phantoms...long

    Good review. That says a lot about Paradigm. I'm surprised at your conclusion though... was the audition under identical conditions? Perhaps this is a case of brute force over finese? A few years ago I auditioned the MS-906 against the Paradigm Reference Studio/60, and the Mordaunt-Shorts...
  24. ChrisAG

    Marantz 7500, Denon 3805, or Yamaha 2500?

    Audition as many as possible... but if music is important to you I'd suggest Marantz.
  25. ChrisAG

    Is Panasonic going to release new DVD players? S97 long gone and now S77 absent!

    Where does the advantage of All Region come in? Do you order DVDs from overseas? I have one silver component, a JVC VCR, and it sticks out like a sore thumb. I should probably buy a DVD-R and junk the VCR.
  26. ChrisAG

    Is Panasonic going to release new DVD players? S97 long gone and now S77 absent!

    The S77 is still on Panasonic Canada's web site... I'd buy one since my old DVD player is having trouble playing burned DVDs, but I don't want silver components.
  27. ChrisAG

    Sanyo 1GB MP3 Player (DMC1100)? Anybody have one of these?

    Chris, I have the iRiver iFP 795 512MB player... I bought it for its recording abilities (voice and external microphone input) but I'm mainly using it to automatically record a weekly FM program I like. It has variable bit rate settings for each record source, and seems to do a good job, but...
  28. ChrisAG

    number of drivers vs cost

    Paradigm Performance speakers are good for the price, but are nowhere near the quality of the Mordaunt-short 900 series. A more realistic comparison would be that the MS are somewhere between the Paradigm Monitor and Reference series (Reference version 2 that is; the version 3 may have widened...
  29. ChrisAG

    New here...help me pick speakers; Paradigm vs...

    I am using Mordaunt-Short 906 fronts, 902 rears, and 504 centre with a Marantz 7300 OSE. I feel this combo (and my previous receiver, a Marantz 6200) work very well together... you won't be disappointed with MS/Marantz.
  30. ChrisAG

    Not happy with my sound setup, what could it be?

    You might want to experiment with speaker placement. Many people put their speakers too close to the side and back walls.
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