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I could use some advice. I am looking for a home theater preamp or receiver that has both Audyssey XT32 and the ability to play music from a PC using Roon. Several Denon models have a USB input, but I cannot tell if these inputs do more than read a thumb/hard drive, or if they allow playback via a computer equipped with Roon or other music application. Thanks in advance.
Have you looked at Onkyo? They have several receivers with the Audyssey XT-32 feature.
The trouble ain't there is too many fools but that the lightning ain't distributed right. -Mark Twain
Denon makes a good AVR. For music, Marantz is what you want. Just bought a Marantz sr8012 to replace a sr6007. Can't believe how much better my music files sound.
"Denon makes a good AVR. For music, Marantz is what you want."
How different are the electronics in similarly priced Denon vs. Marantz models?
I have a Denon x4000 receiver. This model has been back twice for factory-warranted service, and its Denon predecessor had one trip for factory service. When this one dies, I'll be looking for another brand, but I hate to give up Audyssey XT32 (Denon and Marantz are the only receivers with this software). Marantz has that tiny, useless port window as a display.
First off, I hope your Present Denon lasts many years. Info for the Marantz and Denon can be found here:
PS:Bought the sr8012 from JDSmoothie,great price, autherized dealer (USA).
Those Denon USB inputs do NOT play audio files from a computer, only from a flash drive. But those Denon units that can access your computer over your home network will play the files from your computer using either SMB of a DLNA server program. The interface is primitive, but it works and you don't have to pay Roon.
As I think about it, the PC I use also has an HDMI output. Perhaps that's a better way to connect it to a receiver (the Denon?) that accepts HDMI audio.
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