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    Default Looking for a new pre pro. Suggestions

    My Rotel RSP-1068 has served me well for many years, but it's time to get another pre that has HDMI. It's getting to be a pita swapping out HDMI cables between my dvd player, blu-ray, front projector, plasma tv. Looking to spend around $1000, new or used. 2 channel is not a priority as far a sound quality, I have a Musical Fidelity A5 preamp for that. Auto calibration would be nice. I really need to be able to switch between 2 HDMI outputs. One for the TV and another for the FP. Thanks.

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    Accessoriess4less has a nice Marantz pre-pro (AV7005) that would fit that bill.

    Factory refurb, 2 HDMI outs, Audyssey XT, balanced and unbalanced out, 7.2 capable, Zone 2 & Zone 3 pre-outs. ONLY downfall is its only got 4 HDMI inputs... but you could in theory get a HDMI switcher that is remote control capable and if you have a universal remote it wouldnt be too big a deal.
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    Not many players in the pre/pro w/ HDMI game, even less with 2 HDMI outputs. In fact the Marantz is the only one I can think of that has 2 HDMI outputs. If there are others, I'm not aware of them.

    I would think if you have a programmable remote, Ender's suggestion of an HDMI switcher would be the way to go, rather than being forced into a particular pre/pro. Not that the Marantz is bad, but neither is the Rotel you already have.

    Something like this:

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...t=1#largeimage

    RT-12, CS350-LS, PSW-300, Infinity Overture 1, Monoprice RC-65i
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    I would look at the Oppo BDP-105...

    That thing is no regular Blu-Ray player, it's a full on Pre-Pro replacement. Two HDMI outputs and two HDMI inputs (one is even MHL compatable), digital audio inputs, 7.1 analog out and dedicated 2ch out (RCA and Balanced).

    http://oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/

    When my Denon kicks the bucket, I will be picking that bad boy up.
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    2Ch:
    Polk LSi 9's : Parasound HCA 1500A : Pro-Ject Debut Carbon : Cambridge 640P Phono Stage : Musical Fidelity M1 S DAC : APC H15 : MacBook Pro Retina :

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    Check out the Onkyo PR-SC5509, I believe it also has 2HDMI outs. The 5508 I have does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zane77 View Post
    Check out the Onkyo PR-SC5509, I believe it also has 2HDMI outs. The 5508 I have does.
    Its outside his range or I woulda mentioned it. IIRC ~1400
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    Got mine for 1495 at accsecories4less
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    Front RTi-A9 Wide RTi-A7 Center CSi-A6 Surround FXi-A6 Rear RTi-A3 Sub 2x PSW505
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    Quote Originally Posted by Upstatemax View Post
    I would look at the Oppo BDP-105...

    That thing is no regular Blu-Ray player, it's a full on Pre-Pro replacement. Two HDMI outputs and two HDMI inputs (one is even MHL compatable), digital audio inputs, 7.1 analog out and dedicated 2ch out (RCA and Balanced).

    http://oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/

    When my Denon kicks the bucket, I will be picking that bad boy up.
    Not to mention..........it sounds SWEET!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denon Frank View Post
    Not to mention..........it sounds SWEET!
    Are you using your 105 as a pre?

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    Thanks for the input. I like the Marantz and if it's built anything like the DV-9600 that I have, that's even better. I was toying with the idea of the HDMI switcher but I think I'm ready for a change and simplicity that a newer prepro can offer. The Onkyo is slightly out of my price range but who knows. I noticed that the Marantz has 2 sub outs. Does that mean that they can be adjusted seperately? That would be nice. I don't think I will go the Oppo route.

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    +1 for the Marantz AV7005. Lots of features, reliable, has passive HDMI switching, and bottomline sounds fantastic

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    I liked my Lexicon when I had a multi-channel system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by del44 View Post
    I don't think I will go the Oppo route.
    Just because I'm looking at this unit for myself in the future:

    Why are you passing on the Oppo?
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    I had an Oppo universal player a few years ago, forgot what number. It wouldn't work with my system. DVD-A and SACD in multichannel was fine but 2 channel SACD listening through my Musical Fidelity preamp had distortion. I was able to return it for a full refund. Oppo tech said that the Oppo wasn't suited for my particular system configuration. Something lik 2 channel outputs were in parallel with front l and front r multi output. I have since got another universal player (Marantz DV-9600)that I plan to keep. But like I said, it did perform good in 5.1. The Oppo BDP-105 looks like a nice player but I already have a bluray player. I also need 12 volt triggers to turn on amps and power centers. I need at least 3 opt inputs and 3 or more hdmi inputs.
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    +1 to marantz. Oppo 105 is also a great one to consider.

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    I think the one thing that the Oppo needs to be a real game changer is Audyssey.

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    Go for a Anthem pre pro as ARC is awesome

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