Thanks for all the help everyone, much appreciated and sorry for the delay been crazy at work.
Originally Posted by marvin4653
The usual recommendation is to set your Windows volume (the volume slider you can access by clicking the speaker icon in the tray, by the clock) and the volume in your player (MediaMonkey) to 100%, and then only use the volume control on your Denon to adjust your playback volume. The concept is that by not adjusting the volume on the computer, you send your receiver the audio information exactly as it is stored in the FLAC files. In other words, 100% volume means "pass the audio data as it is stored without modifying the levels."
Take a little time and check on the various settings in MediaMonkey's options to ensure that you don't inadvertently have any settings configured that would affect sound quality. Things like Volume Leveling, DSP, or equalizer adjustments may be enabled that could be modifying your audio, perhaps for the worse (maybe for the better if you like any of those things!). I use foobar to play my FLACs so I'm unfortunately not familiar with the specifics of MediaMonkey's interface, but most of the settings should be somewhat self-explanatory (and there's always Google if you're curious about what effect a given setting has on your audio).
I'm going to go right now and try it up all the way and check the MM settings again. I *try* to listen to everything flat, but ya never know, I've done other stupid things with a mouse and keyboard.
Originally Posted by Tony_Montana
Try foobar with wasapi output
Two endorsements for foobar, will have to check it out. I originally bought a lifetime license for MM because it can convert my flac files on the fly when I send them to my iPhone. But I no longer listen to music from the phone, and besides everytime a new ios version the MM synch would break and take a while for them fix (no blame, i think apple breaks iTunes alternatives on purpose everytime they release new versions).
Originally Posted by Nethawk
Since I'm a fan of the Squeezebox, and you were satisfied with the sound, I'd go to ebay and find a replacement. Lots of great advice above, if you're satisfied with using the computer then this may not be necessary, but for remote streaming and playback the Squeezebox is a winner.
Have you tried the Squeezebox remote app for smartphones? You're the first person I've seen the "pain in the ass" comment from, so I'm guessing you are referring to playback management. The Squeezebox apps for Android and iOS are stellar.
I was using iPeng on the iPhone - which is incredible so I had no problem with the interface after that. My problems were more with it dropping off the wi-fi if not used often, it seemed if I went more than a week without using it I would have to power cycle it to get it's wireless connection back. I lived with it, wasn't a showstopper but now that its not supported anymore by Logitech anymore I dont think I want to invest anymore in that direction.
Originally Posted by arnyk
It is possible that the speakers were damaged by the moisture?
I've not allowed myself to go there... I gave them a couple of weeks to "dry out" from the humidity but who knows maybe that's a problem. They never got wet of course, once I saw water coming in certain areas those were the first items removed
I may shoot Aperion an email and ask what the humidity can do to them.
Originally Posted by OtherSongs
Were you using a "50' toslink cable" with the prior setup???
And which Windows version? Windows XP or Windows 7 or what?
I wasn't using the cable before because the squeezebox uses a wireless receiver that goes the amp/avr. Its Vista 64-bit, my old workstation... built a new one so that one went in the basement just to stream for the squeezebox (and now via the cable).