Well, I'm up and running...sort of. And I need some help only partially related to the Emotiva equipment.
We're moving into a new house, with wood floors, and no furniture in it yet.
So...I set things up for just my two NHT Classic 3s yesterday afternoon (perched on cardboard boxes - yeah, I know), and an old Pioneer PDR-555 RW (yeah, I know). I can definitely say that in my room (18' x 20'), I will have NO problem with full sound for my ears with the LPA and the NHTs.
As far as I could tell (I wasn't critically listening), there was no hum or hiss. I only heard it in older recordings (specifically in Tom Waits' 'Til The Money Runs Out') on soft passages. I'll confirm later if this is from the recording (likely, IMO), or from the MMC. I'll try something recent that Butch Vig has produced, or Stratos' version of 'Adagio for Strings'. That'll tell me for sure.
Until we get some furniture and a little sound deadening in the LR, it's like a cave in there.
Anyway...I'm new at this, and the whole system was 'strung' with a couple of cheapo RCA connectors (from MMC to LPA) and some self-constructed speaker wire/banana plugs, of 16-guage from Lowe's.
What I'm wondering is, what would y'all suggest for 'proper' cabling from monoprice. I am completely ignorant to what makes one thing better than another. For instance, monoprice lists 3.5mm RCAs, RCAs, and 'premium' RCAs. And man, do I have to buy 6ft of RCA cable just to connect a 12" span? Is there a better cable than RCA that I should be using to connect the MMC and LPA? What about speaker wire? Larger than 16 guage? Should I ditch my homemade cabling, or keep it?
Thanks for any help, y'all, and I'll be sure to report back here with further observation and pics, as I get them.