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Looking to upgrade to a new reciever more channels ATMOS ect.

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Craig Ball, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. Craig Ball

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    Looking at the Marantz SR6011, I know its already an older model, but i like that with an external amp you can go up to 11 channels, Seems to have all of the newer goodies like DTS-X and ATMOS HDCP 2.2 ect. Was just curious is it missing anything that I might regret soon down the road? Got the new 4k TV, thats why i'm looking.
     
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    What nobody?
     
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    If you're thinking about external amps then why buy an integrated receiver? I've personally never understood the logic for this, especially if you have a larger room. For about the same money you could buy a nice Pre/Pro and get much better performance. Remember, that 110WPC is measured with only two channels driven. With 11 channels, it will be much less.
     
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    I'm totally a separates guy, but it can make sense, especially with how many channels systems can have these days. You can use a receiver to drive all the surround channels, then use an external 3 channel amp to drive the front three, which have by far the greatest power demands. Of course, what really doesn't make sense is that a lot of people use the receiver to power the front three speakers, and an external to power the additional surrounds. I think some receivers don't allow you to run the front three from an external amp, which is just stupid.

    Having said that, I did that for several years during a transition into HD audio, and I was never able to get my surrounds to truly blend with the front. Once I added an external amp of the same design as the one I used for the front, it was like flipping a switch and I was able to get everything to blend perfectly. I was very surprised how much of a difference it made, but all my speakers, including the surrounds, are 4 Ohm, so the amps in the receiver were probably just not up to the task.
     
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    I'm using my Yamaha 3060 receiver to power my four Dolby Atmos speakers while using my external Outlaw 7140 Amp to drive my three main speakers and four surround speakers.
     
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    Personally, if you could swing it, I would go with the SR7011. What type of external amp (number of channels) are you looking at?
     
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    I have basically the same setup. Acurus 200x3 powering the front stage and the Outlaw 7140 powering pretty much everything else. Since that left me 1 channel short of 11, I added a HK 2000 which powers one of the height channels. Not exactly ideal but it seems to work.
     
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    The reciever was gonna be the big investment for now. wouldn't be able to add amps for quite a while.
     

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