OK, looks like I am about to move into the final stage of the upgrades - the new receiver. I have settled on the model - Marantz SR5005 which is just out. The criteria was simple - the chapest one with all hd sound formats, pre-outs and "clean' face and discrete remote codes available.
I found the full remote codes set here:
http://us.marantz.com/689.asp?category=AV&model=SR5005&go.x=14&go.y=9 (European site has nothing... why is this quite often the case that US sites have more useful stuff on them than UK?...)
I am now calling around dealers to check the price and availability.
Looks good AlmaataKZ, hows the price and availability?
Sorry, didn't want to hijack your thread about a receiver before.
Some dealers 4-5 days, some 2 weeks, some are only considering getting it. all said it is in store only due to Marantz requirements - reasons for which I do not understand.
One dealer offered what I thought was a good price so I placed a deposit for 1-2 weeks delivery - and will have to pick it up.
Cool, i'm sure you will but keep us up to date with your findings.....
So, here is the latest addition: Marantz SR 5005 joining the system:
The old TEAC has to go. I like it a lot. It is compact (midi-sized), well-specified (even has pre-outs) and reasonably powerfull (50W per channel) receiver. I have not decided yet what to do with it - keep it for some undefined extra system or smth or sell it.
The Marantz out of the box is very substantial and solid...
... and good looking.
Clean front is one of the reasons I chose it. I also like the Marantz logo.
A nice programmable remote and a set-up mic.
Because of new boxes' sizes I needed to swap the shelves on the rack so adding the Marants was actually a majour re-shuffle of all the kit - disconnect and remove everything, swap shelves, move kit around, install and reconnect. Took me a good half of the day!
Here is a shot of the music part of the system standing proud on its own: MacMini 2009, Benchmark DAC1 HDR and a 500GB LaCie USB hard-drive for back-up.
These babies work really well and I highly recommend a similar set-up to anyone, e.g. a 2010 MacMini, the Benchmark and active ATCs.
Usually, when I get a new piece of kit I initially use its own remote for several days - this way I know which functions I really use most frequently. I then program those into the universal remote and put the original remote away, taking it out very rarely when I need some advanced commands.
Here is a small crowd of the remotes for all the kit:
And here is what they are replaced with: Marantz RC5200 - an almost 10-year-old touchscreen universal remote.
It is quite chunky (the modern ones are of casue smaller, lighter, colour-screened and cheaper), but it works very well and is quite advanced, so is still very much a keeper.
Another part of MacMini control is of cause mouse and keyboard. These are used mainly for import of files and library management and are not necessary day to day for playback.
And a couple of clip-on LED lights. I got them in a music shop - orchestra musicians use them to light up the sheets of music. They are very handy for lighting up the back of the rack when sorting connections. Flexible arms, clip-on holder and very cheap.
So, the system is finally complete with a modern receiver.
Listening impressions and pics of the complete system to follow.
Well, I was going to post that my system is now complete and how fantastic everything is, but...
As I was re-programming my remote for the new set-up yesterday it ******* died. Died to death. Not responding to buttons or computer, does not reset or restore... I must have praised it too much (or too little!) the other day! bummer! So I now have 7 remotes to deal with and after 10 years of using a universal one that feels really strange!
A 'high' turned into a bit of a 'low'. Will I ever finish that system!?
Anyhow, here is the system (almost) complete:
The receiver works really well, sounds very nice and the picture is great. So, apart from the remote, - and 8 months from the start
Looks brilliant! I missed the addition of the benchmark DAC/Pre, very nice. BTW, I've found that a quality toslink makes a difference. I tried a cheap one and then upgraded to a high quality glass one and detail levels were noticable improved. Hard to believe as it does defy logic, but it's worth a try.
Does the mac mini sit in your hifi cabinet? Is your TV your monitor?
Hi, Jax! Time to have a drink to celebrate the completion of the system of which you are a godfather! since you are online, How about right now? pour yourself a glass of something nice. I'll standby...
the benchmark was added quite early, long before the atcs joined. yes, the mac is right on the rack, in the middle and the tv is the monitor although i use it only when managing the music library. normal listening is without the tv - using the ipod touch to browse the library and the remote to control the rest of the system. i use the mac only for music so rarely need the tv for monitor duties.
i may try a fancy optical one day but as you say the logic is against it.
Im so jealous
Cheers! Had to dash off after that post, but I'm drinking now. A toast: May you enjoy a decade or more of the highest quality musical reproduction right in the comfort of your own living room. That's one very impressive system. With the mac feeding the benchmark and the iTouch managing the music, it's just plain sahweeeet! Congrats!
Ah, Jax, we went out of synch. I will be toasting online tonight then (London time 8-ish).
those speakers are amazing
The Screen looks a bit small..............(Joke!!)
A brilliant system and the best thread i have seen!! Well Done
Thanks for posting this
AlmaataKZ, that was a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting read, awesome looking system! When I'm driving round an old shed in a couple of years time because I spent all the money I was saving for a new car on my dream system I'll blame you and
Thanks! The screen is indeed on the small side but this is intentional. A larger one would overtake the room, especially with the speakers.