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Old 12-17-2017, 11:07 PM   #1
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I'm in the market for a 9.2 Atmos receiver. It seems to be in my price range. Anyone have any suggestions or feedback from what they own. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I have a Yamaha RX-A3050. The current one of that is the 3070.
I use an older Yamaha AVR that I had kicking around to power the four ceiling speakers. Eventually I'll get a 3-channel amplifier to power the front 3 speakers.
I am pleased and have no issue recommending Yamaha.
If you're doing 7.2.2 or 5.2.4, the step down model RX-A2070 is lighter on the wallet.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:43 AM   #3
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I have a Yamaha RX-A3050. The current one of that is the 3070.
I use an older Yamaha AVR that I had kicking around to power the four ceiling speakers. Eventually I'll get a 3-channel amplifier to power the front 3 speakers.
I am pleased and have no issue recommending Yamaha.
If you're doing 7.2.2 or 5.2.4, the step down model RX-A2070 is lighter on the wallet.
The Yamaha 3070 looks pretty sweet.
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Old 12-18-2017, 12:45 PM   #4
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I run the Marantz 6011 in a 7.1.4 configuration and it works well for me. Running an external amp for the front left and right to get myself to 11 channels.
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I run the Marantz 6011 in a 7.1.4 configuration and it works well for me. Running an external amp for the front left and right to get myself to 11 channels.
What amp are you using specifically?

Also, are you using 4 ceiling speakers?
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:29 PM   #6
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What amp are you using specifically?

Also, are you using 4 ceiling speakers?
I am using the Emotiva XPA5 to bi-amp my Left and Right Axiom M80's and one channel from the Emotiva into the centre channel for the Axiom VP 180.

I am using 4 Paradigm in-ceiling speakers, 2 paradigm in-wall speakers for the sides and 2 on-wall dipole B&W's for the rear.
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Old 12-19-2017, 01:31 AM   #7
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I am using the Emotiva XPA5 to bi-amp my Left and Right Axiom M80's and one channel from the Emotiva into the centre channel for the Axiom VP 180.

I am using 4 Paradigm in-ceiling speakers, 2 paradigm in-wall speakers for the sides and 2 on-wall dipole B&W's for the rear.
I bet that sounds awesome!
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:30 PM   #8
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I bet that sounds awesome!
I am very very pleased with my sound. The SVS PC-NSD 12 rounds out the low end. Atmos sounds great.
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Old 12-23-2017, 10:49 AM   #9
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So your receiver can handle all 4 height speakers?
I'm confused by this.

How do you use an external amp to get 7.1.4?

Think I found the answer...

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Connection:
a. A set of RCA cables would be used to connect either the Front L/R or Height2 L/R pre-outs (depending on amp selected) on the back of the X4300H to the L/R inputs on the external amp.
b. If using an old AVR, you would connect from the X4300H pre-outs to one of the stereo analog audio inputs (eg. CD) and then connect the speakers to the Front L/R speaker posts on the amp.

Ensure all amps are powered off when making cable/speaker wire connections.

Volume:
If the external amp/AVR has a volume knob, set it to at least 80% of maximum.

Setting:
If using a set of stereo analog audio inputs on the old AVR, set it to DIRECT sound mode and select that source, otherwise, if the old AVR has multi analog inputs, connect to the FL/FR inputs and select the multi analog audio source input (eg. 7.1 CH IN).

Once the amp and speakers are connected, and the amp is powered on, run Audyssey again to add these new speakers into your setup using the following AMP ASSIGN setting:

If the external amp is used for the Height 2 speakers:

Assign Mode: 11.1
Floor
- Layout: 5ch & SB
Height
– Height Sp: 4ch
- Layout: Front Height + Rear Height (or whatever 2 settings are available that you want to use)
- Pre-out: Height2

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Old 12-23-2017, 04:49 PM   #10
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So your receiver can handle all 4 height speakers?
I'm confused by this.

How do you use an external amp to get 7.1.4?

Think I found the answer...

[Show spoiler]
Connection:
a. A set of RCA cables would be used to connect either the Front L/R or Height2 L/R pre-outs (depending on amp selected) on the back of the X4300H to the L/R inputs on the external amp.
b. If using an old AVR, you would connect from the X4300H pre-outs to one of the stereo analog audio inputs (eg. CD) and then connect the speakers to the Front L/R speaker posts on the amp.

Ensure all amps are powered off when making cable/speaker wire connections.

Volume:
If the external amp/AVR has a volume knob, set it to at least 80% of maximum.

Setting:
If using a set of stereo analog audio inputs on the old AVR, set it to DIRECT sound mode and select that source, otherwise, if the old AVR has multi analog inputs, connect to the FL/FR inputs and select the multi analog audio source input (eg. 7.1 CH IN).

Once the amp and speakers are connected, and the amp is powered on, run Audyssey again to add these new speakers into your setup using the following AMP ASSIGN setting:

If the external amp is used for the Height 2 speakers:

Assign Mode: 11.1
Floor
- Layout: 5ch & SB
Height
– Height Sp: 4ch
- Layout: Front Height + Rear Height (or whatever 2 settings are available that you want to use)
- Pre-out: Height2
Sounds like you are headed down the right track... you need external power to run any additional channels the AVR is not capable of running. In most consumer products these days AVR's tap out at 9 channels of power but offer 11 for processing meaning you need an external amp for 2 of your channels.

I like a little more power so bi-amping for my L/R, likely completely unnecessary but I've got the channels available on my amp and my speakers need 4ohm power which squeezes a little more power out of amplifies so why not.
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Old 12-23-2017, 08:32 PM   #11
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Is there a 7.1 receiver that can do Atmos with 2 extra external amps, bumping it to 7.1.4? Or is that not possible?
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Is there a 7.1 receiver that can do Atmos with 2 extra external amps, bumping it to 7.1.4? Or is that not possible?
It is certainly possible, though I don't know of one. You don't necessarily need two amps though you can run one amp with 4 channels or 2 amps with 2 channels or mono blocks if you wish and run for amps for 4 channels.

Just did some looking into it quickly and looks like the manufacturers may actually be producing AVR's with 11 channels of output!

Onkyo TX-RZ3100 does it, MSRP of $3K USD+ though.
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Have you looked into marantz sr6011 or sr7011 both are 9.2 channel.
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