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Good: Airplay, Size, Ease of Use.
Comment: I'm 30 soon, and since the age of 13 when I first bought a boom-box for a stereo, I've always had something 'nice' to listen to. But finally I was at a point in my life when I could afford something 'great', and this came highly recommended.
It has not disappointed. It's size is literally perfect, and it's a beautiful sleek design to match. The Airplay feature is a standout success, allowing me to stream from my MacBook Air or iPhone effortlessly. Little things too, like the ability to have a complete lack of lighting while on, symmetrical input & volume knobs, network connectivity all add up to a truly great unit.
Paired only with a couple of Tannoy Revolution DC6 bookshelf speakers, I've waited a long time for a great device to sit on the shelf, and this one was really worth the wait.
Good: very good
Comment: I have had this for a few days and am very happy with the receiver.
I was able to connect it to the network (through the Ethernet port on the back) and get a firmware update within 15 minutes.
AIRPLAY / DLNA:
AirPlay is working as advertised (put receiver and laptop on the same LAN, fire up iTunes, select receiver as speaker output). Then play whatever you want in iTunes and it goes seamlessly to the receiver.
I also easily hooked up the receiver via the network to my NAS device which has many GB of mp3s. The NAS and the receiver both support DLNA / UPnP and it was seamless.
I have 5 devices connected:
Net Top running Windows 7 via HDMI
XBOX via component video and digital audio
DVD player via component video and digital audio
Wii via regular RCA red-white-yellow cables.
Mini-stereo in to RCA red-white audio (for iPods / mobiles - there is also a USB port on the front)
Everything syncs nicely with the receiver and you can name your inputs (so I can select "Wii" instead of "RCA-1").
I have only one video output: HDMI to the TV. The receiver converts all the component / RCA connections to digital and sends them nicely to the TV. Makes it very easy to select an input and have it "just work" with the audio and video. There are also several other video out formats.
For audio outputs the speaker outputs are nice pieces of hardware, and I'm using a separate woofer out (RCA).
Very good - I paired it with Energy Take Classic speakers and it sounds fantastic. Very clear imaging, really shows the problems with my older / low bitrate MP3s. I'm not a serious audiophile but for a midlevel system (~$1000 receiver + speakers) this is great.
It has several types of gee-whiz equalizers for movies, music, plain stereo, etc. They actually seem to help the sound instead of making it worse as I've seen with other receivers. I also used the included Audyssey microphone for setup - it measures the distance of your speakers from the TV and from where you usually sit to form an appropriate profile for the audio imaging. It's all automated and very slick - the type of things I've seen other gadgets get very, very wrong.
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I couldn't be happier with the system.
Hope this review helps.
Good: Fantastic sound and channel steering, brilliant network abilities and AirPlay is flawless, stereo is top-notch too.
Bad: Not much...... Fiddly to set up and the manual is rubbish.
Comment: First thing you notice when you open the box is just how small the unit is, all the reviews start of by stating this but it's still a surprise, it's not much bigger than my sky hd box, nice curves too.
Set up is a bit of a pain to be honest, I consider myself a bit of a techie and am one of those people who like lots of menus and the ability to mess about with as many parameters as possible, you do and you can but the system here is not very intuitive, the Audyssey system is a bit hit and miss at setting up your speaker and output settings, getting some distances a bit wrong and fluffing my subwoofer up a bit but it's a good base with which to start and I particularly like the fact in can detect phase issues with each speaker, finding 4 of mine out of phase, a quick reverse of wires and the difference is marked! One thing that I found infuriating (and still do) is the way in which you go about adjusting speaker levels, it's just plain stupid! If you're like me and prefer your rears a bit higher in volume and maybe your centre as well, adjusting them couldn't be anymore annoying, first you have to access the onscreen menu, no biggie but it's hidden in multiple layers and when you do eventually find the right adjustment menu you can't just simply select the speaker you want to adjust, you have to have the unit output a white noise testone for the desired speaker then raise or lower as needed, madness! Imagine you're sitting down with the family watching a film and think I'll just raise the centre a bit you can imagine how disruptive this system can be especially as you may want to tweak from film to film.
On to the sound.....Fantastic, really warm but amazing detail, channel steering in first class, pinging around the room with seamless precision, it's so good in this respect you'd swear you had more speakers than you actually do, and don't let the on paper power figures put you off, unless you are trying to fill a Concert hall there should be no problems here, I replaced a Sony with a quoted 7X125w and have no trouble at all, I recon if Marantz had quoted 100w per channel for this amp no one would be the wiser. As you'd expect with this amp it excels with movies but It's just as accomplished with boggo stereo, filling the room with a creamy delicate sound.
One of the main draws of this amp is its networking and especially for me the inclusion of apples AirPlay, the latter as is the usual with most things apple just works, fire up your iPhone/pad etc select a song, press the airplay logo and select the amp, a couple of seconds later your music is filling the room, it's flawless in its execution you can even control the volume, definitely a game changer in my opinion. Also you can download marantz's iPhone app which can control pretty much everything direct from your phone, it's not particularly pretty but it works well and it's free.
To sum up then, a small, beautiful and utterly gorgeous sounding amp with more power than the quoted figures lead you to believe, excellent networking capabilities and AirPlay which is properly cool only let down but some crazy set up procedures and a useless manual. Definitely a 5* product and then some.
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