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If you are looking to simplify things without compromising sound quality you could consider the Oppo 105 blu ray player. Blu ray player doesn't really do this justice, as it is a streamer too, with various inputs, both HDMI and digital audio (co axial, optical, USB) enabling it to act as a digital hub. It also has variable or fixed outputs so you can use it as a pre-amp: if you do, you can connect its 7.1 output to either active speakers or power amps then passives, but you can also feed your front left and right from a balanced XLR output. In other words, you could effectively replace your blu ray player, Benchmark DAC (it has two high quality sabre DACs on board, one dedicated to the stereo outs on XLR) and AV amplifier with one box, though you would need power amplification for your centre and rears. You could also connect a NAS directly rather than use the Mac Mini (if so, the Oppo will stream video as well as music). The video processing on board I suspect would also make the most of any future projector purchase.

Worth checking out anyway. I see Wish Tree's recent 'your system' entry combines an Oppo 105 with some very nice B & O actives - worth asking him about his experiences.

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If you are looking to simplify things without compromising sound quality you could consider the Oppo 105 blu ray player. Blu ray player doesn't really do this justice, as it is a streamer too, with various inputs, both HDMI and digital audio (co axial, optical, USB) enabling it to act as a digital hub. It also has variable or fixed outputs so you can use it as a pre-amp: if you do, you can connect its 7.1 output to either active speakers or power amps then passives, but you can also feed your front left and right from a balanced XLR output. In other words, you could effectively replace your blu ray player, Benchmark DAC (it has two high quality sabre DACs on board, one dedicated to the stereo outs on XLR) and AV amplifier with one box, though you would need power amplification for your centre and rears. You could also connect a NAS directly rather than use the Mac Mini (if so, the Oppo will stream video as well as music). The video processing on board I suspect would also make the most of any future projector purchase.

Worth checking out anyway. I see Wish Tree's recent 'your system' entry combines an Oppo 105 with some very nice B & O actives - worth asking him about his experiences.

Yes, Oppo is very interesting and as I think about it it grows on me! So, the xlr will output multichannel for L and R at the same time as the rca for the rest of the channels? Can it do auto calibration for speakers? Do they publish full discrete remote codes?

need to check the oppo manual.

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Yes to the first, I am pretty sure anyway - balanced output for front left and right while other channels are fed unbalanced signals. Cannot answer your other queries I am afraid. As I say, worth checking out. It might not suit but it occurred to me looking at your system that it might fit nicely. 

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Yes to the first, I am pretty sure anyway - balanced output for front left and right while other channels are fed unbalanced signals. Cannot answer your other queries I am afraid. As I say, worth checking out. It might not suit but it occurred to me looking at your system that it might fit nicely. 

thanks! I checked the manuals and some av forums. While it should definately work and should perform well there are some limitations to functionality. I need to study it further. 

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I have decided - I think I have Smile

First I will upgrade the multi-channel speakers to actives (currently only the front L and R are actives). I will look at simplifying the pre/pro/dac arrangement later (I am happy with how it works at the moment).

The rears will probably be the first - as I seem to know what I want here. I may also add (if I like how it sounds) passive surround L and R back pair, using existing tiny Elac speakers.

I will then look into the centre channel. Sure, it is better to start with it, but I do not see a viable option in terms of specific products at the moment. An obvious candidate is ATC C3Ca, but, even though it is the smalles ATC active centre, it is is very big, extremely heavy (near 40kg!) and very expensive.

 

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A pair of AVI DM 5s for the surround channels is on order! Smile

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... and is here!

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A bit of change of plans -

I am going to stay with passives for the rears and the front for a while now - I will look at 'all-active surround' a bit later.

Instead, I have decided to get a pair of old ATC SCM 7s (if I can find one) for the rears and, out of nowhere, try a new Marantz AV receiver, the SR7008. This one has the more advanced version of Audyssey, the XT32, and is more powerful, which should help a bit with the ATC passives. 

So, my SR5005 and the old floorstanders are hitting ebay and I am expecting some deliveries...

I will keep thinking through the 'all-active surround', especially the centre channel. Not many options for the centre at the moment.

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ATC C1C centre speaker would be the obvious one.  I mean, you've saved a ruddy packet buying the SR7008.

Ok you'd prefer it to be active.

Can AVI sell you one DM5? (Does that work regarding connectivity from the Marantz?)

I am a bit clueless with AV stuff.

 

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ATC C1C centre speaker would be the obvious one.  I mean, you've saved a ruddy packet buying the SR7008.

Ok you'd prefer it to be active.

Can AVI sell you one DM5? (Does that work regarding connectivity from the Marantz?)

I am a bit clueless with AV stuff.

 

 

I am already using the C1C, and it is very good. I am considering going all-active, for which I ideally want an ATC centre but for rears matching the make is less important for me. So a single DM5 for centre is not my preferred route, but they would work for the rears. I am not so confident with AV either!

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A bit of change of plans -

I am going to stay with passives for the rears and the front for a while now

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Installing this baby tonight Smile

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Quite a major system update this week with the arrival of a new receiver - Marantz SR7008 - and a set of new surround speakers, arriving later this week.

The packaging and the content is the same as with SR5005, except the new one does nto have a printed manual (only CD-ROM):

These stickers for labelling the speaker cables are really handy, especially if wiring for 11 channels (I am only using 5.1 or maybe 7.1).

 

The remote is relatively simple.

 

Audyssey calibration mic:

 

Box flip

 

 

The 7008 is slightly larger (taller) than the SR5005 it is replacing, but it did (just) fit on the same shelf.

 

Next is connecting it all up and checking the sound - both for stereo and AV surround.

I hope to simplify the system by getting rid of HT bypass (which means my Benchmark HDR may become redundant!). I also gain new functionality like built-in airplay, various network/internet functions, app control etc. Will have to explore these.

 The SR5005 is hittng ebay soon.

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The main remote needed updating for the new system configuration of cause, as well as for the new functions - which I still have to work out fully, as well as the multitude of Audyssey DSP settings, figuring out which ones I need and how I wll use them.

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Getting near completion - a pair of ATC SCM 7s (new model) just arrived.

The usual ATC cloth bags

 

Glilles are wrapped separately

 

 

Very heavy - abt 8 kilo each.

Here you can see how much of a curve is actually there (which is not visible on ony of the ATC published pics).

 

 

I do not fancy the grilles but here they are - a grille detail shot:

 

 

On desk stands

 

 

 

 

The stands can be used in reverse and that is how I will be using them as they will be positioned on top of book shelves so need to point down a bit.

 

I am setting them up now - position, calibration as well as figuring out if I want 7.1 or will 5.1 do.

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