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Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   11-23-2014, 04:43 PM
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Posted By mcnarus
Probably not. Once you're in the digital realm,...

Probably not. Once you're in the digital realm, you're unlikely to find better sound that what you already have.


The Marantz is quite sufficient. See above.


If you're thinking about an...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   11-23-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 118
Posted By mcnarus
Like many specs, this one is a maximum. The DAC...

Like many specs, this one is a maximum. The DAC can handle anything up to 196/24.


No, the receiver is not going to screw anything up. It typically converts any analog signal to digital, does...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   11-22-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 307
Posted By mcnarus
The Sherwood is a good start. $600 certainly...

The Sherwood is a good start. $600 certainly would give you more options. Only you can decide whether it's worth it to you. But even your $400 system will be an improvement on your typical iPod dock.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   11-22-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 116
Posted By mcnarus
No better, no worse.

No better, no worse.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-31-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 345
Posted By mcnarus
That it does. :) But I suspect you mistyped...

That it does. :)

But I suspect you mistyped that sentence.

The reason to go digital to the AVR is precisely that it puts only one DAC in the chain--the DAC in the AVR. If you use the DAC in the...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-31-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 345
Posted By mcnarus
True, if the AVR is really 14 years old.

True, if the AVR is really 14 years old.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-30-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 345
Posted By mcnarus
If you are not changing speakers, then you will...

If you are not changing speakers, then you will not be able to improve sound quality. Period, the end.

As for digital sources, if you don't like MP3, you can always stream lossless (FLAC, WAV,...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   10-29-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By mcnarus
A gross exaggeration. It will presumably be...

A gross exaggeration. It will presumably be marginally better than its predecessor (the Debut III), but on some measures (W&F, for certain), it cannot hold a candle to the AT120.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   10-29-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 569
Posted By mcnarus
Hardly. Nonsense. If you don't like the...

Hardly.


Nonsense. If you don't like the phono stage, just use an outboard unit. The built-in preamp does not affect the operation of teh turntable.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-29-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 360
Posted By mcnarus
First of all, converting the digital to analog is...

First of all, converting the digital to analog is necessary, and would involve no degradation in sound. If you are only using this for your 2-channel rig, an Airport Express would be a better choice,...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-27-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 256
Posted By mcnarus
Oh, you think you're so smart.

Oh, you think you're so smart.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-27-2014, 10:01 AM
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Views: 9,672
Posted By mcnarus
It's often struck me as odd that people who trade...

It's often struck me as odd that people who trade out amps every couple of years go on and on about build quality.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-26-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,182
Posted By mcnarus
When you're selling in volume, you have two big...

When you're selling in volume, you have two big advantages:

1) You can amortize your fixed costs (R&D, plant & equipment, etc.) over many units, so they add little to the unit cost.

2) Buying...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-26-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 256
Posted By mcnarus
www.kabusa.com

www.kabusa.com
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-24-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 5,805
Posted By mcnarus
It eliminates one bull**** excuse.

It eliminates one bull**** excuse.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-23-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 190
Posted By mcnarus
Your integrated amp already includes a preamp....

Your integrated amp already includes a preamp. You don't need two of them.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-22-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 973
Posted By mcnarus
This too is just anecdotal, but whenever I would...

This too is just anecdotal, but whenever I would bring a piece of NAD gear in to my local repair shop, the guy would just roll his eyes. I gather that NAD would just contract with whatever Asian...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   10-20-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 320
Views: 10,867
Posted By mcnarus
Which answer do you want? You'll get both. But...

Which answer do you want? You'll get both. But here's (http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Psychology-Hearing-Sixth/dp/9004252428/ref=la_B001H6UFLA_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413818632&sr=1-1) a rather...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-19-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 759
Views: 28,228
Posted By mcnarus
Seems to me the implication of this is that audio...

Seems to me the implication of this is that audio systems should not be evaluated by ear.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-19-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 759
Views: 28,228
Posted By mcnarus
True. But if you weren't the one to make...

True.


But if you weren't the one to make the recording, how do you know what it is supposed to sound like? And if you don't know that, how can you use it as a reference?

The more I think...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   10-16-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 844
Posted By mcnarus
The short answer is neither.

The short answer is neither.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-16-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 759
Views: 28,228
Posted By mcnarus
I think you overestimate their impact. If you...

I think you overestimate their impact. If you look at the kinds of posts they put up, it should be obvious that they are functionally incapable of answering a question directly. Anyone with an open...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-16-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 759
Views: 28,228
Posted By mcnarus
Please, don't. That would be pure trolling, and...

Please, don't. That would be pure trolling, and it wouldn't work. The fact is that the question of what is audible is relevant to just about every audio question you could ask, so there's no way to...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-15-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 759
Views: 28,228
Posted By mcnarus
'When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather...

'When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-15-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 759
Views: 28,228
Posted By mcnarus
I don't think I've ever actually seen anyone here...

I don't think I've ever actually seen anyone here admit to being a snake oil salesman.
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