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Marantz 5200 with KEF kht 2005 Eggs

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by mike11, Apr 25, 2002.

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  1. mike11

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    Is this a plausible combo? I have had a change to listen to the marantz through normal speakers and am impressed.

    I have heard the Marantz is very good for for music, but will it still be with this satellite/sub system?

    Will it be possible to play music through just the front 2 speakers and the subwoofer?

    Another thing I read on these forums was that the KEFs are better with a receiver with adjustable "crossover"....does the marantz have this? (whatever it is)

    Thanks
    Michael
     
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    Hi mike

    The crossover frequency is the point at which sound is handed over to the Sub rather than the speakers. Typically this is at 80Hz although small speakers (such as the KEF Eggs) struggle to get out the low end signal and so a variable crossover on the amp allows you to select the frequency (typically either 100Hz or 120Hz).

    As to whether the Marantz has it.... I dont know.

    I use my KEF Eggs with a Denon 3802 with the crossover set to 120 Hz and the 'speaker size' set to small on the amp.

    Hope that helps a little bit.

    Regards
     
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    Mike,

    I have this combination, and I have heard of a number of others as well.

    As far as I am concerned it is a great set up. I think the speakers and the receiver are well matched. I am impressed with both movies and music!

    Yes you can use just the front two speakers with the sub for music, just set it to stereo mode and away you go.

    The only downside is that the Marantz has a fixed crossover of 100 Hz, however, I don't find this an issue, although I haven't heard the KEF's at a different crossover. The Kefs are supposed to have a frequency response down to 80 Hz, although some say that they start dropping off at between 100-120Hz. If you had your crossover set too low (i.e. if the sub took over at too low a frequency) then you might have a gap in your frequency output.

    However, when I run frequency sweeps, I can't hear any noticable drops in output. I think the 100Hz crossover that the Marantz is set at works just great!

    Good luck in your purchase!

    P.S. Remember the KEF's need run in, but when they are they damn fine!
     
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    Thanks for your opinions, you have helped me out so much!

    If only the flippin things would arrive now
     
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    you have ordered some Speaker Cable I take it????

    I'd hate for your wait to be unneccissarily prolonged.
     
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    Some DVD's/CD's and a player would save you time as well!!;)

    One more point. I and others have found that when you set up the system set the Subs crossover to maximum (120Hz) this way it is the amp that deals with the crossover and you are less likely to loose any bass.

    Enjoy!
     
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    Speaker cable? pah, still waiting on the receiver....and continuing reading posts saying it has "popping sound problems" and the like.....and getting scared...considering cancelling it.

    My KEFs are sitting in the corner lookin' pretty, not doing much :)
     
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    get a 3802.... you know it makes sense...
     
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    I wish I could, I have £400 left :(

    Preferably £300-350

    Denon 3802 is expensive, so is the 2802 actuallly.....and the 1802 just seems sorely underspecced considering its price.

    Should I get a 1802?
     
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    Im no expert, I just know what I like ( and I like my Denon/KEF pairing)

    If it was me having just spent £650 on a set of KEF KHT's id try and save the £500 or so and go for the 2802 or maybe look for a nice 2nd hand 2801/3801 as they're are bound to be some going about as people upgrade. Okay so you wont get PLII but that is surely no big loss.

    I did my homework back in november when I moved from some basic student kit to my first serious HC setup. There are plenty of more knowledgable people around on this site to give you expert advice but a reasonably solid base I used in purchasing was 'spend approx the same on the amp as the speakers inorder to try and maximise the performance of both' It might not neccessarily be totally true but it works for me.

    Regards
     
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    got an sr6200 and had no popping sound probs with it. its great.

    stu
     
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    count me in on that as well. I've had none of the problems mentioned on any of the forums with my 6200. It has a great sound and don't disregard DPL II either. If you will be watching a lot of SKY or listening to music thru' your system you'll love DPL II. MTV and the music channels sound fantastic!! IMHO :)
     
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    I would get the 2802 because of the variable crossover, never the 1802, just 80hz (I think), as for the Marantz, if the crossover is really 100hz, I think it might do ok, but it is always nice to have the alternatives, just in case...
     
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    just got the 6200 [swapped my 5200] so far no popping or other niggles.. fab amp
     
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    There seems to be rather alot of problems appearing with the Marantz amps

    and not very many complaints about the Denons
    think the 2802 is my choice
     

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