Receiver Upgrade Advice

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Gordon C Jr, Aug 16, 2001.

  1. Gordon C Jr

    Gordon C Jr Stunt Coordinator

    Aug 15, 2001
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    My current setup is running a DVD player with an onboard decoder thru a Marantz “AC3 ready” (I think was the term) Pro-Logic receiver using it’s 6 channel inputs. I am contemplating purchasing a new DD/DTS receiver upgrade and am wondering how much of a difference I will notice?
    I’m not entirely sure how the 6-channel direct feature really works in the receiver, but I thought the six channels by-passed the receivers internal formatting and basically used the receiver as an amplifier only? Thus, DTS or DD in (from DVD player) AND DTS or DD out (amplified to speakers)? Any enlightenment here would be appreciated.
    Besides having a better handle on system configuration control, what benefits will I get with one of the newer model receivers? Is the sound that much better? I realize that the newer models have additional features and every company has their own special selling features. Putting that aside, what would make a large difference and warrant the $$$ if I were to purchase a receiver of same quality, build and spec. with the exception of this new receiver having a decoder. Will this make an earth shattering difference when mainly watching movies?
    I trying to decide whether to spend the $$ now and upgrade or live with what I have and wait for the next line of receivers to come out with DPL II and whatever new format they come up with.
    Current System:
    Marantz 870 (DP w/6 channel inputs)
    B&W 602’s
    B&W CC6
    B&W AS-7 (I think?)
    Atlantic Tech rears (not sure?)
    Panasonic DVD A320
  2. MikeKaz

    MikeKaz Stunt Coordinator

    Aug 6, 2001
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    those new receivers are out. If you like Marantz they have their whole new line of DD, DTS, and DPLII receivers, the *200 series. I ordered the 7200 and am expecting it next week. They have them at a pretty good price here

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