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I get it- HT and 2ch are often at cross purposes

I recall an editorial in the late lamented Fi Magazine, published in the dawn of the HT age. The main point was that the goals of 2ch and HT were completely different. 2ch evolved to recreate a real live event. HT was developed to recreate an artificial event. What works for one, often does not work for the other. As a practical matter it is difficult to create a solution that does both 2ch and HT equally well.

I am lucky because I have a dedicated 2ch listening space, and a separate HT system. For the later I deliberately chose a simple one box solution. I use a Marantz SR7009 receiver (c2015), that can stream media and perform video switching. It has as source direct function to remove all processing when needed, but I mostly use it in HT mode. My cable box, Roku box, and NAS drive (via ethernet) are connected to the receiver, and I can select any source from a single remote. I programmed my cable remote control to handle basic power/vol/ch selection for my tv and receiver. My wife can pick up a single remote and watch what she wants and we all enjoy the wide variety of choices available from what is essentially a single box.

At the other extreme, I have thought about the ultimate retro HT system:

3 Altec Lansing Valecia speakers, with updated crossovers, across the front, and a pr of Altec 19 for surround channels, each driven by individual Mac 60 mono blocks ! I would use a totl Marantz processor to handle HT decoding and source selection. This system could be used for 2ch playback also. I would need a large room however....


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