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      My wife and I were out shopping today when we came across a new retail outlet near us. Basically, it’s a store that buys retail overstock and sells it at a discounted price. They had all kinds of really cool things including Legos and toys even tools that were really good prices but upon looking, I noticed they actually had some home theater equipment when I talk to them about it they said that they used to be store displays and we’re never actually used, the good thing is I was in the market for one more receiver that had Dolby Atmos and that’s when I came across this Marantz NR-1608. It was missing the remote control in the odyssey microphone but I actually have those from a different Marantz receiver that this is actually going to be replacing. So I went ahead and decided to pick it up. Let me know what you guys think.

      • This topic was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by 123toid.
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      Looks like some fun.

      If you want to hear about my audio journey coming full circle from when I just got started, I was looking at the Purifi PTT6.5X drivers (which due to exchange rates currently cost $300 plus shipping from Purifi direct; the 4″ is $200, the 8 inch is just over $500). So, I started looking for drivers with very low distortion that equally could be used in monitor and high end hi-fi. Guess where I ended up? .Kartesian! Seriously, their 4″ and 6.5″, although they cannot reach as low a frequency as the Purifi, they have very low electrical inductance compared to many in the field, and they also have great linearity. And due to the extra savings your would get buying them, you could build a 5.1 system easily.

      And that is where it comes full circle, I designed a home theater system using the 4″ Kartesians and put the rough design on this forum. I may want to tweak it with what I have learned since then, but generally those small speakers would work great, just sub out the tweeters from Kartesian for some Satori tweeters (I found the ones I want on a European site selling for about $60 less than the cost in the US, while those tweeters have lower distortion than even the Kartesian monitor series).

      Just wanted to share that considering the purchase of a receiver like that for a home theater setup.

      I also figured out that if instead you use the 6.5″ Kartesians in an MTM setup vented, That will push over 110dB, so when paired with the Satori TW29RN-B, you will have basically studio monitors.

      But looks like you have a new fun toy!

      • #26438

        I am so glad you jumped on those Kartesians.  Those are very nice drivers. How are you enjoying them?  I completely get the desire to want to tweak what you have built.  I feel this way all the time.  I am even considering building something different from the front soundstage of my theater.  There is nothing wrong with the Audience 212. but I am jsut thinking I might want to upgrade.  Silly, I know.

        But first, I need to design some new Atmos speakers for this new receiver.  I am currently very happy with this Marantz.  It is much nicer than what I had before.

        • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by 123toid.
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