Marantz SR5300

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  1. agendrano

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    I currently have a 5.1 system at home and I am contemplating on getting the Marantz SR5300 (a 6.1 system).

    Do I need to get a rear center speaker, or does the Marantz SR 5300 provide a "phantom" mode for the rear center speaker?
     
  2. Mark C.

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    A friend of mine just got the 5300. I can't answer your question directly, but I do know that the setup menu allows you a "yes'' or "no'' for a center rear speaker. If you have a center rear, it's yes. If you don't have one, it's no. I don't recall anything about phantom. The 5300 owner's manual is available for download at Marantz's site.
     
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    No, there is no phantom rear center. If you say "no" to a rear center, the information for this speaker is not processed, ie; it remains in the R&L surrounds rather than being extracted for the rear center. In order to hear the rear center, you must have a speaker hooked up.
     
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    I have a 5300, and no you do not need a 6th speaker. All the "6.1" modes, (including the actual 6.1, dts-es discrete) are TOTALLY backward compatible. The dts-es matrix and DD-EX are actually just 5.1. If you set the rear center to NO in the reciever, it leaves everything as 5.1, and you're good to go.

    The 5300 is a nice unit, btw, I like it a lot. There is lots of good competition out there too, I just happened to choose this one, and I'm glad I did.
     
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    Thanks for the info!

    Currently, I have the Denon 1603, which I will relocate to my bedroom and get another AV receiver for my living room.

    I was choosing between the Denon 1803 and the Marantz 5300. After listening to both units, the Denon IMO is a bit better as a home theater receiver and Marantz is a bit better on music. Since I listen more to music, I think I am better off with the Marantz.

    Thanks a lot to this forum, great wealth of information!
     

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