Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1

    New and struggling with Marantz SR5006

    I recently got into the audiophile world. I bought B&W CM7s and a Marantz SR5006. I have some FLAC files on my computer, however I will be doing a lot of streaming from Spotify premium. I know it's not bit perfect, however it is very convenient and 320kbps is good enough for me. If I really enjoy some music I find on Spotify I'll probably try to find the FLAC files. Eventually I am going to build a HTPC for both music and movies using the TV as a monitor.

    I originally planned on running a usb cable from my computer to the receiver and using the receiver's dac. When I do, the receiver isn't recognized by my computer, and my computer isn't recognized by the receiver. I looked through the Marantz user manual and found that the usb port is for iPod connection and is not compatible with computer connections. Then I tried to set up my computer as a media server using the network connection in the Marantz and my computer isn't recognized.

    There must be a way to do this but I'm lost. I want all audio played by my computer to go to the speakers I bought. All I'm looking for the Marantz to do is be the dac and amplifier.

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

    *edit: I don't own any Apple products so Airplay isn't an option. Maybe Bluetooth?

  2. #2

    ask your dealer

    You should have your dealer that sold you that help you set that baby up. It is not a big deal but it does take a couple little twists and turns to get it up and running.

    The first most important step is to go out to the internet and download a UPnP server such as Asset.

    http://www.dbpoweramp.com/asset-upnp-dlna.htm

    All the information to set this up is also on their site.

    Once that is installed you will be off and running to play whatever you have stored on your computer. The Marantz also has Pandora and Rhapsody built in along with internet radio so once you have it connected to your WIRED network you can go out on the net and play any of those through it also.
    David

  3. #3
    Newbie Objectionist wgscott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Gondwana
    Posts
    7,746
    Blog Entries
    37

    My Marantz 1402 takes optical

    My Marantz 1402 takes optical and coax as digital inputs (as well as HDMI). My guess is yours is similar or better. If you have an optical output or HDMI output on your computer, that would be ideal. Otherwise, you can get a USB to optical or USB to coax adaptor.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Señor, señor, let's disconnect these cables
    Overturn these tables
    This place don't make sense to me no more.

  4. #4

    Unfortunately I bought it

    Unfortunately I bought it online, so having a dealer set it up isn't really an option.

    I don't have a wired connection near my receiver, so I plugged it into my laptop and used it as a bridge connecting through the wireless internet.

    Will I be able to stream Spotify through Asset? I'd rather use Pandora and Spotify through my computer rather than the clunky and slow Marantz GUI. The internet radio sucks bad. Even the "HD" channels are in 128kbps.

  5. #5

    I have a eSATA/USB and a

    I have a eSATA/USB and a Firewire output. There is also an oval outlet, I'm not sure what it does as it's not labeled.

  6. #6
    Newbie Objectionist wgscott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Gondwana
    Posts
    7,746
    Blog Entries
    37

    oval

    I think that is the lock slot.

    Depending on your needs, you can get a USB to coax or optical converter for as little as $25, and a decent one for about $200.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Señor, señor, let's disconnect these cables
    Overturn these tables
    This place don't make sense to me no more.

  7. #7

    nope

    "Will I be able to stream Spotify through Asset?"

    Nope. Only files that are on your computer. Although the option of using internet radio from your computer is there in the premium version of Asset (sounds like you don't like that though). The suggestion of using optical out from your laptop or a USB to RCA convertor are solid ones.

    Funny about the internet radio...I have found a number of good stations that sound pretty darn good. Even some at 320.

    PS. If you use an Apple AirPort Express as an extender to your network you can use the data out from it into the Marantz to hook up to your network.
    David

  8. #8

    I downloaded and installed

    I downloaded and installed the Asset software and I still was not able to get the Marantz to recognize my computer as a media server. However, I am able to get my PS3 to recognize my computer now! It is hooked up to my Marantz via HDMI. It sounds good, however every few seconds the music will stop. At times it's worse (more often, longer pauses) than others. I do not know what's causing this, maybe my network connection is too slow to stream FLAC wirelessly and it's buffering?

    I'll be looking at adapters for my usb too if that will let me play any audio that would be normally coming out of pc speakers over my home system.

    This is going to be a temporary solution because I'm going to be building a dedicated HTPC. I haven't built a PC in a long time, is it possible to get the video and audio output from the PC both over the same HDMI cable?

  9. #9
    Sophomore Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Winnipeg
    Posts
    272

    Need Ethernet wired connection to your Marantz SR5006

    If you want to use the network features of Marantz, e.g. AirPlay, Spotify, playing FLACs from your computer as a uPNP server, you have to connect your Marantz via the Ethernet port to your router. Your Marantz does not have Wifi. Your Marantz cannot access the Internet through your PS3 or your laptop Wifi.

    The reason your PS3 now works is because you set up a media server on your
    laptop and it is using Wifi to send the FLAC file to the Wifi of your PS3. The reason for the break up of audio is either because your laptop is not sending the file quickly enough by Wifi to the PS3 through your router, or your router can't keep up with two devices wifi'ing through it.

    Building an HTPC can allow you to send audio and video via HDMI to the Marantz but it depends on how you build your HTPC. But you will not be using the Marantz's networking features. You can still use Spotify on your HTPC and get the music through HDMI to the Marantz but that's not the same as using Marantz's network features.

  10. #10

    I'm aware that you need a

    I'm aware that you need a wired connection for the Marantz. I don't have the router near where my Marantz is, so I plugged the ethernet cable into my laptop and created a bridge so it could access the wireless network. I was able to listen to internet radio stations this way, however it would not recognize any media servers in the network.

    Correct, the PS3 now sees my computer because I am using the Asset UPnP software.

    When I build my HTPC I prefer not to use any of Marantz's network features. Do you know if I have a HDMI cable coming out of a graphics card it will be able to carry audio as well as video? It seems like the video card will only be able to output video and I would have to run a separate audio cable to my receiver.

  11. #11
    Sophomore Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Winnipeg
    Posts
    272

    IP issues & HDMI

    I wonder when you plug your Marantz to your laptop via Ethernet, if the Marantz is using the same IP address as your laptop's to access e.g. Spotify. But when you want to access your FLACs on the uPNP server from your laptop, perhaps Marantz can't see or access a server sharing the same IP. But I don't have enough network expertise to know. Hopefully, someone else in the forum might.

    As for HDMI carrying audio and video from a computer, you may want to check this out:
    http://arstechnica.com/hardware/guides/2008/12/guide-200812-htpc.ars


  12. #12
    Newbie Objectionist wgscott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Gondwana
    Posts
    7,746
    Blog Entries
    37

    Apple TV?

    The main device plugged into my Marantz receiver (which I use for TV and movies) is an Apple TV (ver 2 in my case). $100 will solve your problems, wirelessly. The only thing it won't do is play high-res music bit-perfectly. But if you are ok with CD-quality, then this will buy you instant satisfaction. Sorry I didn't think of it before.

    You can use it with or without an actual TV, but if you have this receiver, I assume you have a TV connected to it.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Señor, señor, let's disconnect these cables
    Overturn these tables
    This place don't make sense to me no more.

  13. #13
    I have the Marantz 5006 and use the optical minijack out from my MacBook Pro to plug into the optical input on the receiver. This works great for MP3 & AAC files, although to the best of my knowledge the 5006 does not support FLAC. I'm looking into getting an outboard DAC to handle FLAC files.

  14. #14
    It's pretty simple to fix this. Use an Apple AirPort Express to extend your network and use the Ethernet out to hardware to the Marantz. It will then be on your network and it will "see" your UPnP player on your computer and off you go. It will then play Flac files at resolutions up to 24/96 and the best thing is that you can use AirPlay to play Spotify or whatever you want directly to the Marantz from an iDevice.
    David