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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-09-2014, 02:03 PM
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If your room is carefully treated and your...

If your room is carefully treated and your speakers (and subs) are highly accurate, then there isn't much left for Audyssey to do. Most people don't have that kind of listening environment, though.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-09-2014, 01:58 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
A loopback might be a little tricky. Essentially...

A loopback might be a little tricky. Essentially you're amplifying the entire noise spectrum internally generated by the amp circuits. If the (pre)amp is set to anything less than unity gain, the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-09-2014, 01:30 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Input a high frequency sine-wave and look at what...

Input a high frequency sine-wave and look at what comes out.

"Look at" might be a little difficult for most people. To me, the obvious way to observe the resulting signal would be to connect an...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-09-2014, 12:47 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Don't forget that very few tweeters can go that...

Don't forget that very few tweeters can go that high. As a result, trying to play those high frequencies can cause audible distortion. On the other hand, most "high resolution" audio tracks have only...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-09-2014, 12:39 PM
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Views: 28,509
Posted By Selden Ball
Atmos objects are only available as "metadata"...

Atmos objects are only available as "metadata" added to a TrueHD or DD+ bitstream, not LPCM. No current BD players can decode Atmos, so they can't send it as LPCM, either. (Maybe the next generation...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-09-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By Selden Ball
In most situations, using a higher grade of...

In most situations, using a higher grade of Audyssey room equalization results in better quality sound than the lower grades. TASCAM's PA-R200 provides only the very lowest grade of Audyssey (2EQ)...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-09-2014, 11:39 AM
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Views: 59
Posted By Selden Ball
Please read Dolby's Atmos FAQ. The last Question...

Please read Dolby's Atmos FAQ. The last Question discusses playing non-Atmos source material on an Atmos system.

http://blog.dolby.com/2014/06/dolby-atmos-home-theaters-questions-answered/
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-08-2014, 07:33 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
It depends on whether you're the kind of person...

It depends on whether you're the kind of person who clings obsessively to the same hardware for a decade, or if you fritter away your money on a new model every year. ;)
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-06-2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By Selden Ball
Peraonally I'm biased toward Denon/Marantz...

Peraonally I'm biased toward Denon/Marantz equipment with Audyssey room correction. Their 2014 models are just starting to be announced, so the prices of 2013 models are going down. The models in...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-06-2014, 04:26 AM
Replies: 3,463
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Posted By Selden Ball
Have you tried doing a system reset several times...

Have you tried doing a system reset several times in a row?

Audio and video are transmitted over the same wires (audio is sent during the video's "vertical retrace interval") so getting one...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-04-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By Selden Ball
Connecting to the NAD's multichannel analog...

Connecting to the NAD's multichannel analog inputs should work fine. Of course, you have to be careful to set the NAD's volume control appropriately, and don't overdrve its inputs. Don't be...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-04-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 354
Views: 13,117
Posted By Selden Ball
Obviously, the entire wall surface will be a...

Obviously, the entire wall surface will be a video display and arbitrary regions will be able to act as speakers.. So when you're watching a documentary about extinct wildlife, the sound of the...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-03-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 16,801
Views: 2,028,894
Posted By Selden Ball
There's not supposed to be any difference: both...

There's not supposed to be any difference: both are transporting the same bits, although some people claim that the secondary effects (like jitter) are worse with optical. Optical connections do...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-03-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 13,118
Posted By Selden Ball
Room reinforcement (reflections) can make...

Room reinforcement (reflections) can make identical speakers sound quite different depending on where they're located in the room. If you haven't already, you might want to consider room treatments...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-03-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 354
Views: 13,117
Posted By Selden Ball
Many people still think 5 speakers are far too...

Many people still think 5 speakers are far too many. They get soundbars and a 4" subwoofer. o_O
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-03-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,589
Posted By Selden Ball
Both Sony and RED 4K players provide dual HDMI...

Both Sony and RED 4K players provide dual HDMI outputs: one cable goes to the TV and the other to the receiver. Video does not have to go through the receiver. My understanding is that, as a result,...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-03-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 13,118
Posted By Selden Ball
The Audyssey calibration procedure is essentially...

The Audyssey calibration procedure is essentially identical in both the Integra and Marantz pre/pros. If you haven't already, please take the time to look through the Audyssey FAQ and 101 at...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-03-2014, 06:32 AM
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Views: 520,866
Posted By Selden Ball
Unfortunately, no. My understanding is that they...

Unfortunately, no. My understanding is that they had to add two more DSP chips to the design in order to handle the additional audio processing requirements.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-01-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 725
Views: 28,509
Posted By Selden Ball
This has been discussed extensively in other...

This has been discussed extensively in other threads. Onkyo is keeping costs (and prices) down by forgoing (repurposing?) the high-powered DSPs that Audyssey requires and thus can provide Atmos in...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-01-2014, 10:55 AM
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Views: 28,509
Posted By Selden Ball
Right. I didn't mention them since Scott had...

Right. I didn't mention them since Scott had mentioned Denon. Denon and Marantz are divisions of D+M Group (previously D&M Holding) and their products use the same digital processing boards. Their...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-01-2014, 10:29 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
There are other companies selling receivers with...

There are other companies selling receivers with Audyssey, although not Audyssey XT32. E.g. NAD has a modified version of XT, while Cambridge provides 2EQ. Neither of them has been mentioned in the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-01-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 821
Views: 49,681
Posted By Selden Ball
One can hope multichannel hi-def audio will be...

One can hope multichannel hi-def audio will be supported, but only testing can find out for sure.

My understanding is that although the definitions of ARC and CEC have been made much more...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-01-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 821
Views: 49,681
Posted By Selden Ball
So far as I know, Sony's STR-DA5800ES receiver...

So far as I know, Sony's STR-DA5800ES receiver (released in August, 2012) is the only one that can even handle video over the network. They don't seem to have released any high-end receivers since...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-01-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 13,118
Posted By Selden Ball
No: the 8802 will have Audyssey XT32. ;) Audyssey...

No: the 8802 will have Audyssey XT32. ;) Audyssey is later in the audio processing chain. The outputs of the DSPs handling the Atmos decoding feed the inputs of the DSPs handling the Audyssey...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-01-2014, 03:40 AM
Replies: 821
Views: 49,681
Posted By Selden Ball
The 4K Sony and RED players currently available...

The 4K Sony and RED players currently available do include separate audio and video HDMI outputs. It's reasonable to expect dual outputs in the initial 4K Blu-ray disk players, too, if there ever are...
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