The JVC is very good and certainly one of the strongest contenders at the price point. Try to see one if you can as the alternatives may be more suited to your room / preference.
Now is exactly the time to be buying a projector - the performance on offer is staggering. There have been real jumps in picutre quality year on year far more than in most other sectors of our industry. 4K is on the horizon but we need to see how that is implemented at more consumer freindly price points. The Sony VW1000 is astonishing but that is a lot to do with the fact that it is a very good projector and not all to do with 4K.
The Draper screen is a good choice and as before it depends on how you juggle your budget as to the best way to invest. Are you tackling this set up yourself or do you have someone else involved in the project?
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Btw, i'll suggest that you should also consider contacting Audio T (Oxford) and have a chat with Dominic. Dominic has a vast knowledge of projectors and associated components and he is also a nice guy
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
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thanks for the referral.
Am I missing something regarding the Blu Ray Oppo? It does appear to decode on board and have an analogue link to go to my Z9. I would have thought this was a better option that the Audio Cambridge ?
The Cambridge Audio Azur BD651 and the Oppo BDP-103 are both capable of decoding HD movie codecs internally and outputting the soundtracks via their multichannel analogue sockets and into the multichannel analogue input of an amplifier (such as your Yamaha DSP-Z9).
Btw, I just want to be clear that Musicraft has no connection with Audio T.
Any idea how these players compare to the Marantz UD7007 and would this achieve my needs around onboard decoding and output via 7.1 analogue?
You will not be able to use the Aventage BD-A1020 for listening to multichannel loseless HD movie soundtracks with your DSP-Z9 as the Aventage BD-A1020 does not have multichannel analogue outputs. I got the DSP-Z9 mixed up with the DSP-Z7. I am sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.
I''ve looked into this further and an alternative player to consider is the highly regraded Cambridge Audio Azur 651BD.
As for cabling, i'll say that basic interconnects will be more then good enough to connect a Blu Ray player to the DSP-Z9.
Btw, i just want to be clear in that Musicraft does not stock Cambridge Audio products.
Have I missed something here?
if you feed a reciever 5.1 / 7.1 analogue inouts from a blu ray player is that then just passed straight through to the amplification?
Where is all the levelling, distances and such done - in the player?
Surely that bypasses any processing such YPAO equalizer settings if it does?
If it doesnt then you have an unwanted extra Analouge to digial conversion going on there - that is never a good?
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It's a good point dj and something that had begun tto dawn on me. Should I complete the equalisation via the bluray as opposed to trying to do it through the amp? Is that possible for the oppo 105? I dunno!!!
As with all 5.1/7.1 analogue inputs, the onboard room EQ of the Z9 won't be able to be used.
The Oppo allows you to set large or small, crossover frequency (single point), and speaker levels.
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
Thanks begs the question whether a standalone equaliser is needed such as the odyssey?
the analogue input on the z9 only has one input for both the sub and the centre. Won't this compromise on quality if there isn't a left and right?
No - all analogue inputs are single rca - 1 for each 5 /7 channels and 1 or 2 for subs
Ok thank you.
This thread has been about whether to abandon an old flagship AV amp (Yamaha Z9) in favour of modern equivalents that contain HD decoding via HDMI. The advice so far has been keep the amp and buy a Blu ray with HD on board, fed to the Z9 via analogue 7.1. I have been eying up the Oppo 105 to achieve this.
Has anyone had any experience of Outlaw Audio Model 975 7.1 AV Preamp - $549
I'm desperately trying to keep this thread alive until I have been able
to answer my questions - sorry - I hope it will benefit someone else at some point in my position.
At the moment I am seeking a DAC and HD decoder to add to my yamaha Z9. I have kinda settled on an oppo 105 which will achieve my aim.
however .... Has any one got any opinion on whether the following would served purpose better and produce a better sound for music and movies?
NAD T 187 Surround Sound Preamp Processor
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