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#277593 - 2018-06-27 19:09 Replacing an 861 with a non-Meridian processor - 271+AC12 questions
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Hi all,

I am soon to venture into the challenge of removing my 861v4 from my system. Since even the latest Meridian systems don't support the current codecs and other features that other brands offer, I'm planning a switch to a non-Meridian front end. I'm strongly considering a Marantz AV8805 though no final decision has been made.

It looks like I'll need a Meridian 271 as well as an AC12 or two to connect to my legacy (non-SpeakerLink) DSP52000/5200HC + DSP3100 setup. I have two questions.

First, How does the 271 connect its digital output to the Marantz? It seems that the only way possible is via analog out, but maybe I'm missing something.

Second, because I'm connecting a 5.1 channel setup, will I need two AC12's (one for the front, one for the rear) to make this setup work?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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#277595 - 2018-06-27 20:21 Re: Replacing an 861 with a non-Meridian processor - 271+AC12 questions [Re: sda]
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Please check your pm.

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#277609 - 2018-06-27 23:34 Re: Replacing an 861 with a non-Meridian processor - 271+AC12 questions [Re: CMB Integrations - Bruce]
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I can't speak to the 271 question because I know nothing about the product grin , but the DSP issue seems to be fairly similar to my adventures in SL->legacy cabling.

My approach was to use Robert's excellent little Reviver boxes, which you will need three of in order to run your 5.1 system. They should be wired as follows:

271 centre+sub SL -> SL/STP cable -> Reviver -> centre DSP -> existing legacy cabling -> sub
271 front L+R SL -> SL/STP cable -> Reviver -> front Master DSP (I assume left) -> existing legacy cabling -> front right DSP
271 rear L+R SL -> SL/STP cable -> Reviver -> rear left DSP -> existing legacy cabling -> rear right DSP

... at least, I'm pretty sure this will work (usual disclaimers apply). In effect, you're leaving most of the legacy cabling in place, and using a SL/STP cable + Reviver to replace the legacy cabling between the 861 and the first DSP in each group. Hope this makes sense!

And, you know, anyone who wants to correct any basic errors in logic should feel to chip in! smile

Cheers ... Kent

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