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

Chris PC

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I have an SR 8000 which I love, but I have been thinking about upgrading my AV receiver to one of the older high end EX receivers for the added power, 80 hz crossover, component video switching and other features.

Do you know the differences between the EX receivers? I cannot find an owners manual for the 19EX. I believe the 14EX has 140 watts/channel while the 18EX has 130 watts/channel. I also think the 14EX has HDCD decoding. Does the 19EX or 18 EX have this too? Does the 14EX have Burr Brown DAC's? If you know the older Marantz EX receivers well, and or you have or know where I can get a PDF of the owners manual for the 19EX, please let me know.

edit - I have downloaded owners manuals for the 14EX and 18EX but nothing for the 19EX.

thanx,

 

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Marantz keeps an archived support database for their past models that almost always include PDF versions of the original manuals.
 

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Thanx. I forgot to mention that I have checked the Marantz website but they only have owners manuals for the 14EX and 18EX but nothing for the 19EX.
 

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Damnit, I used to know this... I believe it went SR19, SR18 and SR14 in that order. The 19 would equate to an 8200, 18 and 14 were combined into the 9200. Basically, I'd look for an 18EX or 14EX
 

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Yeah, it's weird. I thought the 18 EX was lower than the 19 EX but the 14 EX was the highest end. Usually higher numbers = newer and better...lol...

It's weird because sometimes I see the 19 or 18 non-EX with higher wattage ratings, but neither has the component switching I'd like to use. I guess with your info in mind, I will check out the other xy00 receivers like the 9200 etc to see what they have to offer, but they are probably out of my range. I am looking to get value in the fact that the newer stuff is making the owners sell their stuff like the 14 EX's etc.
 

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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 (through the supplied external switcher).
 

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Good point. A few of my component sources would be 480i/p dvd but then if I want HDTV to switch I do need high bandwidth component. Thanx. I will check that out.
 

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Crap, it is only 8 mhz on the 18EX and 14EX. Oh well, I suppose I could switch my dvd players with the receiver but not HDTV and probably not blu-ray or HD-DVD...? ssssssSSSSSS...Hey! What is that sound? It's the air seeping out of my great idea to upgrade to an older receiver...
 

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Wow, 8 MHz is even bad for 480p video... But back in those days, progressive-scan DVD players were considered exotic.
 

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Actually, I don't need progressive component switching. I wouldn't mind switching a few interlaced component sources uppstream of my iScan, so I am still keeping my eyes and ears open for the SR 14EX or perhaps an 18EX.

 

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Does anybody know about the 14EX and 18EX surround modes?

1) When you use 7.1 (with an external amp for the two un-amped channels)..when can you use 7.1? Can you get 7.1 (matrixed?) for DTS soundtracks or only for DD?

2) Can either of these receivers do 6.1?

 

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Actually, looking at the owners manual of the 19EX and 14EX it looks like you can have a DD 5.1 or DTS 5.1 signal and output THX EX with 7.1. Again, the 7.1 must be "matrixed" for anything from 5.1. Is this the correct way it works?

Can you somehow do 6.1 with these receivers?
 

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I have expanded my search from the 14EX (and 18EX) to the more "modern" SR 9200 and 9300(V).


These receivers appear to have a lot to offer. Lot's of power, lot's of inputs/outputs, lot's of modes, ADDC, similar power amp section as the SR 8000/14EX/7300 ose family etc.
 

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Does anybody have experience with using the 14EX and THX EX? If a dvd has a DTS soundtrack and you use THX EX, is the overall soundquality somewhat reduced via the DD decoding?
 

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