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In Reply to: RE: Gave up on HT... posted by ABliss on January 06, 2022 at 16:01:28
Just a modest one, mostly for concert Blu Ray/DVD's. Some recent recordings are only available on those formats for some reason, and Medici TV, Berliner Philharmoniker have good video options, even YT has several selections. Right now I'm satisfied with my Blu Ray player attached to the computer through my 2 channel system, but a nice modest sized TV would help the experience and it won't fit where the 2 channel system is located.
I'm looking at small, slim receivers and Blu Ray players. Won't be 5 or 12 or however many channels, probably just a stereo version more or less. For concert performances I don't think a center or a subwoofer would matter, and I don't have the room anyway. Sound quality will be most important in this system, but I won't expect nearly what I get from my 2 channel setup, and it won't be costing nearly as much!
Marantz makes a nice slim line receiver, I had a nr1510 in the system, it's now doing stereo duty in the garage.
My main system still has a Rel sub which blends nicely with the 2 channel, and I keep my Sony UBP-X1100ES bluray player for when I my feel like playing one of my DVD.
It actually came in handy a few weeks ago, as I brought my first DVD-Audio disc to try, thinking that my new Marantz 30N would play it. Well to my surprise it didn't, but the Sony certainly did, and I must say, it sounded really nice, I think I prefer it to SACD, at least that one disc.
Sounds like we have similar tastes! That Sony was one of the BR players I was interested in (and it's little brother, the X800M2). Both were out of stock or discontinued, I don't know which. I was looking at that Marantz player awhile ago as well, decided to go with the KI-Ruby instead. And yes, that Marantz receiver is the one I am considering, I don't think I really need much more. I wish Marantz made a BR player, but I guess they gave up the field some time ago.
The sub is the big new thing I have no experience with. I have a couple of pairs of stand mounts I could use, a pair of Kef iQ10's or JM Reynaud Twins, along with my Avalon Symbols. I haven't had Kef's or the Twins hooked up in quite awhile, so not sure how much bass they have. If I could get a SW cheap it would be a nice toy to experiment with. But after the Ruby and a new 2 channel amp...well I guess I've got to cool things down just a bit.
I also wish Marantz still made a bluray player. I had a OPPO 205, I got one from the last batch, but it got little use and I wanted something that could stream and less HT. So I sold it and got the Marantz 30N. and looked around for a bluray player.
The best choice was the Sony, although I hate the minimal display, and I almost sent it back for that reason, but I am glad I didn't because now they seem to be discontinued and there is even less to choose from.
It still gets little use, but I still have lots of DVD, so it's staying.
There was used Marantz DVD players for sale, but I would never buy a used disc player, too many moving parts.
Well, if it is discontinued (likely) then I'll go ahead and get that Marantz receiver and then I can use whatever BR player I can find (ours is a little janky Sony, but it might be good enough). I was hoping that I could just use the NAD 2 Channel amp, but if I can't get hold of a player with analog outs I guess I don't have a choice. Of course these days there's not much available in anything.
Yeah, a used spinner...not for me. There's an "open box" Sony on Ebay for $650 or so, but there's no mfg. warranty (something about bought "in bulk", which must mean gray market, so no thanks.
A subwoofer will likely make a difference, especially for classical music. Unless perhaps you are planning to use full range tower speakers.
SVS and KEF have small subwoofers with dual 8" drivers. There's and 8" REL but I am not sure how low it goes.
Slim pickings on slim AVRs but with a two channel setup you might be able feed the Blu-ray player to the TV and then use the TV hdmi output or digital audio output to feed a BlueSound Node or a DAC to an two channel amplifier.
Home theater can be a simple or as complicated as ones makes it. Simple is a TV, AVR and as few or as many speakers as you want to use.
I might be able to squeeze a small SW in, took a peek at the KEF's, it might just fit. The really small one is pretty pricey, so the little 8 incher might do.
When I was trying to get my MB pro and external BR drive working with limited, at first, success I was looking at them. Marantz has one that has some appeal, Pioneer as well. Problem now is that nobody has anything available due to the chip shortage. I'm not in a hurry, so I can afford to wait. The sub though might be nice to try with my 2 channel. The new amp has a dedicated stereo sub input.
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