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#353285 - 08/18/11 06:04 PM Outlaw's SR5005 "Processor" Modification Offer
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i wanted to buy an Integra pre-pro model DHC-40.2 but after seeing this, i'm very tempted to get one, specially at about half the price:
http://ubb.outlawaudio.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=87617&#Post87617

the thing also comes with a 4 year warranty.

What do you think?


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#353286 - 08/18/11 06:06 PM Re: Outlaw's SR5005 "Processor" Modification Offer [Re: J. B.]
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That doesn't sound entirely silly. At least you'd get the power savings out of it.
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#353287 - 08/18/11 06:14 PM Re: Outlaw's SR5005 "Processor" Modification Offer [Re: J. B.]
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Hi,

I have a friend who uses one (non-modified) and it sounds terrific. It is a very tempting offer which makes a lot of sense.
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#353288 - 08/18/11 06:33 PM Re: Outlaw's SR5005 "Processor" Modification Offer [Re: Jc]
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thanks a lot Ken and Jc.

i just wrote Outlaw to ask if the warranty is good in Canada and, if service has to be done in the future, whether i will have to send it back to them or to a local Marantz service center.
their answer will determine what i will do.

P.S.:one thing that impresses me is their specs on the built-in amps; this kind of honesty is not seen very often for this kind of equipment.

their answer will determine what i will do.
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#353294 - 08/18/11 09:46 PM Re: Outlaw's SR5005 "Processor" Modification Offer [Re: J. B.]
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Jacques, my thought is that if you'd want to get the SR5005 as a processor, do so, but don't be influenced by the described modification(especially if it's only available in the U.S.). Despite their claim, this wouldn't result in any audible benefit. The noise on these units is already in the 100dB down area, which is inaudibly low, and any small further reduction by disabling the amp section might be measurable but wouldn't have audible significance. The output transistors do "idle" even when not connected to a load, so some electricity is consumed and heat generated, but this shouldn't be a major consideration in my view.

I certainly wouldn't pay $75 to disable the amplifier and might not even choose that for no charge if bought with an Outlaw amplifier. I'd want to retain the capability of using it at least in part as an amplifier in the future(or being able to sell it as such)without having to send it in to reverse the "modification".

Incidentally, I'm curious about your comment re the specs, since they seemed routinely typical to me.
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#353314 - 08/19/11 09:34 AM Re: Outlaw's SR5005 "Processor" Modification Offer [Re: JohnK]
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John, i think you're right, having the amps disconnected will not give any appreciable advantage.
the unmodified units, at $500. are an excellent price and so, if the warranty is valid in Canada, i will buy one.

re the specs, they don't seem so typical to me as they don't say something like: max instantaneous power with one ch. driven to 10% distortion:250 Watts; total power (7 ch.): 1750 Watts.
Something i've seen many times in specs.
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#353320 - 08/19/11 10:09 AM Re: Outlaw's SR5005 "Processor" Modification Offer [Re: J. B.]
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just got on the phone with Outlaw; asked them if the Marantz warranty is good in canada, they said they are not authorized to sell in canada.
The end/fin/finito. :-(

i'll see if i can find a good deal in some canadian store.
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#353321 - 08/19/11 11:15 AM Re: Outlaw's SR5005 "Processor" Modification Offer [Re: J. B.]
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best deal i could find in Canada (did not look THAT much though) is a special that ends tonight; down from $1000. to $750.

should have it delivered home by next tuesday.

i just hope that the surround decoding on the Marantz is better than my Yamaha SR-50 dating back from around 1985 that doesn't even have steering logic and filters out the high frequencies in the surround speakers. ;-)
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#353322 - 08/19/11 12:00 PM Re: Outlaw's SR5005 "Processor" Modification Offer [Re: J. B.]
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Hi, Don't worry . . . the improvement will be nothing less than shocking ! ! !
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#353325 - 08/19/11 12:51 PM Re: Outlaw's SR5005 "Processor" Modification Offer [Re: Jc]
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Since a short time after i bought this Yamaha decoder in the mid 80s, i never liked it: noise in the back channels along with a bit of distortion and, most importantly, almost impossible to calibrate the surround levels accurately, so...
i do expect to be shocked.

this decoder was still much better than my previous setup, using a home made "Hafler Hookup" surround.
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