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Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   03-03-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 52
Posted By commsysman
I use the Grace Digital Solo, which is very good...

I use the Grace Digital Solo, which is very good and inexpensive (Amazon has it for $95.34).


It connects easily to my Wi-Fi router, which is about 50 feet away.


The Cambridge Audio Sonata...
Forum: Speakers   03-03-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 34
Posted By commsysman
Unfortunately, IMO Yamaha and Onkyo receivers are...

Unfortunately, IMO Yamaha and Onkyo receivers are the very worst-sounding that you can buy.

Jamo speakers are relatively good for inexpensive speakers.

Where do you live?

Is there any way...
Forum: Speakers   03-03-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 92
Posted By commsysman
IMO the Yamaha receivers and Onkyo receivers all...

IMO the Yamaha receivers and Onkyo receivers all sound terrible.

I would strongly recommend that you get either a NAD or a Marantz AVR.

Everyone I know who has gone from a Yamaha or Onkyo to a...
Forum: Speakers   03-03-2015, 02:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 148
Posted By commsysman
I suggest that you get a pair of Wharfedale...

I suggest that you get a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers, which are only $299 from Music Direct now. They are hard to beat in that price range.

The PSW10 subwoofer, is an underpowered...
Forum: Speakers   03-03-2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 99
Posted By commsysman
The big problem with a speaker that has a highly...

The big problem with a speaker that has a highly inductive or highly capacitive characteristic at certain frequencies (large phase angle), is that many amplifiers are not designed well enough to...
Forum: Speakers   03-03-2015, 02:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 159
Posted By commsysman
Yeah, those speakers are going to give pretty...

Yeah, those speakers are going to give pretty poor audio quality.

I suggest a Pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers, which you can get from Music Direct for only $299 now, and the Diamond CS...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-03-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 94
Posted By commsysman
IMO the Onkyo receiver is your problem. The...

IMO the Onkyo receiver is your problem. The difference in level settings is meaningless and of no concern. Onkyo just has terrible audio quality; period!

I suggest that you get a NAD receiver....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-03-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 131
Posted By commsysman
Most surge protectors (under $80 or so), are...

Most surge protectors (under $80 or so), are really pretty worthless. They don't protect against much of anything.

I use a APC BackUp UPS 1500VA unit, which has some serious surge protection, plus...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-28-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 88
Posted By commsysman
My experience has been that Yamaha and Onkyo have...

My experience has been that Yamaha and Onkyo have mediocre sound quality, and a Marantz or NAD receiver would be a significant improvement. People who make this upgrade always comment on how much...
Forum: Speakers   02-28-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 57
Posted By commsysman
no no no no no!!!!!!!!

no no no no no!!!!!!!!
Forum: Speakers   02-28-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 83
Posted By commsysman
In-wall speakers suck in every respect; avoid...

In-wall speakers suck in every respect; avoid them.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-28-2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 176
Posted By commsysman
I also suggest that you get some other speakers. ...

I also suggest that you get some other speakers.




Those speakers are 3db down at 62 Hz, which is to say they basically have no real bass at all below 70 Hz; amazingly deficient for speakers...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   02-25-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 249
Posted By commsysman
Yep. Ask if the fish are biting, and someone...

Yep.

Ask if the fish are biting, and someone will open 10 cans of worms.

You have a good one there.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-22-2015, 11:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 142
Posted By commsysman
The BDP-105 is a fantastic player; you should...

The BDP-105 is a fantastic player; you should love that!
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-22-2015, 06:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 121
Posted By commsysman
CD players of that vintage were using DACs and...

CD players of that vintage were using DACs and error-correction circuits that would in practice only recover 12 or 13 bits out of the 16 on the disc. The remaining bits were "truncated" or...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-22-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 238
Posted By commsysman
I think quality control is going to be something...

I think quality control is going to be something of an issue with anything that can be sold for $20 each; but you don't have a lot to lose if you get one bad one now and then.

I don't think they...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   02-21-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 249
Posted By commsysman
Check Post #9...

Check Post #9 (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=9) .

Any comment on that?
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   02-21-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 249
Posted By commsysman
[QUOTE=beaveav;31781697]Unless your disc is...

[QUOTE=beaveav;31781697]Unless your disc is scratched, this doesn't matter.

Again, the limiting factor in CD player performance was never in processing speed or microprocessors. The technology...
Forum: Speakers   02-21-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 167
Posted By commsysman
If you mount them higher up, just put a spacer...

If you mount them higher up, just put a spacer behind the top of the speaker so they are aimed down somewhat toward ear level.
Forum: Speakers   02-21-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 178
Posted By commsysman
I suggest a pair of the Dayton B652 speakers. ...

I suggest a pair of the Dayton B652 speakers.

They are actually quite good and should work well with what you have.

Parts Express is practically giving them away for under $40 per pair.

They...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-21-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 343
Posted By commsysman
The same goes for movies. The very highest...

The same goes for movies.

The very highest little squeaky sound a violin can make is around 4 Khz.

Most people don't realize just how high 5 Khz really is; subjectively it is a VERY VERY high...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-21-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 221
Posted By commsysman
I had similar problem, and I solved it by...

I had similar problem, and I solved it by connecting the DVD player directly to the receiver using the composite video input connection on the receiver. Of course that takes 5 cables and only gives...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-21-2015, 11:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 74
Posted By commsysman
You need two cables, each with an RCA connector...

You need two cables, each with an RCA connector on each end.

You have two sub out jacks on the receiver, and two inputs on the sub; it doesn't get much simpler than that.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-21-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 79
Posted By commsysman
For most game use or TV watching you might want...

For most game use or TV watching you might want to just want to switch the subs to OFF!

That's what I do.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-21-2015, 11:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 238
Posted By commsysman
What you want is some Dayton B652 speakers. ...

What you want is some Dayton B652 speakers.

These are actually pretty good speakers, and Parts Express is practically giving them away now at $40 per pair.

I have a $20K main audio system, but...
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