So after a long long time I finally put together our HT system in the family room. We have the following components:
Samsumg LED 46?
Although we bought the speakers almost three months back, I did not put them together just because I wanted to buy other equipments for the system (which just got accomplished), get the whole package together and then connect everything.
Marantz SR6006 is a good looking receiver. Although as many of the members on this forum would recommend buying Pioneer Elite series receiver (and I agree with them), I went with Marantz SR6006 mainly due to economic reason. It has got some good reviews. Plus it has everything that I wanted in a receiver. So for now, we will stick with it. Later on down the road I will switch to something of greater quality. Back the receiver, it looks great. Weighs okay, not too much. Options for a lot of connections. The display panel on front face of the receiver is very small. It may give some aesthetic appeal, but from functionality point of view, it is useless. You gotta depend on GUI. The manual is also very complicated. There is no information attached for the remote control. If you want to change the source, let?s say from BD to Cable/Sat, you will have to press the Cable/Sat button on remote twice.
Now as for the performance, wow? this AVR is great. Now you guys are hearing this from someone who scaled up everything from a basic HT system from H/K (AVR 154, HKTS15) to Polk Audio and Marantz (although Marantz is not that highly regarded AVR). The picture quality looks sharper and cleaner. The colors pop up crispier. We are experiencing night and day difference. Now I am not sure if having Belking PF60, which I am using in the system, would have any effect on picture quality or not, but so far we are amazed.
The system calibration (basic) was a pretty straight forward. It took about 10 min to do. I calibrated the system using 6 different positions for the calibration mic. The system set the front towers as ?Large?, surrounds as ?Small? and center as ?Small?. I am thinking to change the front speakers to ?Small? setting?something people would recommend? Please advise.
The speakers look great. I am very excited about them. The quality is amazing. We bought cherry finish for towers and central channel, and black for the surround. It is a 5.1 system for now. I will keep it 5.1 for a while. Then later on we will get a couple of more surround speakers and make 7.1 by having front high left and right (dream on?). The audio quality is beyond great. I mean I cannot believe that I am hearing things that I never heard of before while watching same movie again. The central channel is perfect for a crispier dialogue. The towers are very good. They produce great bass. It shakes the couch that I usually sit on to watch TV. The surround sound is amazing. While watching Netflix, for some reason the system went into 2.1 mode. I am playing Netflix through play station (I know I gotta update, but slowly I will get there). So I will have to figure out how to take it back to 5.1. However, when I popped in a blue ray, the system was on 5.1 DTS and was great.
It is a beast. Wow what a difference an amplifier makes in the sound quality. I tried both ways- with and without the external amplifier. I would completely agree with those who say an external amplifier is a must for RTi A9 and would definitely recommend it. It just opens up everything. Marantz produces warm sound. Parasound also gives warm quality which is what personally I prefer. The unit is very heavy. But worth every penny. I am already saving for another unit that I can connect the other three. And in this case, I may go for a preamp? Lets see.
There is one issue though, I am getting hum in the front two towers which are connected to Parasound A21. It is so clear and a bit loud, that if you sit in front of the towers for more than 10 min, you are going to get headache. After reading some more posts on this forum where people indicated a possible source of hum being cable box, I disconnected Comcast cable box, and it disappeared. However, I put is back in the system by changing the location of box on the stand, and the hum was there again. So then I decided to keep the system running and disconnect the box just to see if it really stops the noise. While doing so, I just unplugged the HDMI cable out from the cable box leaving the other end connected to the AVR, box close to AVR and underneath the amplifier, the hum noise was gone. Does this mean, I gotta buy some high end HDMI (shielded)? Can you guys give me some suggestions?
At the end, I would like to say a big ?THANK YOU? to all the members who are here on this forum. It was because of all of you and your valuable posts, that I learned so much about HT system. I am still a freshman in this college and a long way to go. But you guys are awesome. People take time and efforts to write things up that helps a lot of people like me. So thank you again. I will keep posting such my experiences here as I go along with some more upgrades in future.
P.S. : Please feel free to pass any comments you might have or any criticism you might have. I always take them as an opportunity to learn more and know more.