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Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-28-2014, 03:11 PM
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Posted By mcnarus
Yes—even the females in the kitchen.

Yes—even the females in the kitchen.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-28-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 380
Posted By mcnarus
It's not the amplifier itself. It's a feature...

It's not the amplifier itself. It's a feature common to AVRs called bass management. Basically, it makes sure that only the low frequencies reach the sub, and only the higher frequencies reach the...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-27-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 380
Posted By mcnarus
Don't waste your money on a DAC. What you need is...

Don't waste your money on a DAC. What you need is a basic AVR (which will include a DAC!) to better integrate that sub with your speakers. There's your problem.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-27-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 788
Posted By mcnarus
I'm surprised it wasn't a 900 number. :)

I'm surprised it wasn't a 900 number. :)
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-27-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 380
Posted By mcnarus
Here's a guess: You are used to listening to...

Here's a guess: You are used to listening to small speakers with relatively little bass in a small room. Now you have larger speakers with somewhat more bass, accentuated by being close to the wall,...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-25-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 475
Posted By mcnarus
No. Neither does it usually yield better...

No. Neither does it usually yield better information than a google search. Hence my recommendation.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-25-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 475
Posted By mcnarus
Then google "toslink dac". Problem...

Then google "toslink dac". Problem solved.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-25-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By mcnarus
Some turntables are indeed designed not to...

Some turntables are indeed designed not to require a separate ground. Your Denon is one of them. You can relax.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-25-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,347
Posted By mcnarus
But see that's the great thing about science. We...

But see that's the great thing about science. We develop general principles that apply, well, generally. The physical world does not make an exception for certain brands of audio components.

In...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   08-24-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 206
Posted By mcnarus
It's possible that the CD inside has slipped out...

It's possible that the CD inside has slipped out of place and is blocking the mechanism. Of course, a lot of other things are possible, too.

Here's an article with some tips....
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-24-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,228
Posted By mcnarus
+1!

+1!
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-24-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,228
Posted By mcnarus
Alas, facetious doesn't work real well on teh...

Alas, facetious doesn't work real well on teh Internets. I wasn't sure you were being serious, but I didn't want anyone else to take that comment seriously.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-24-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,347
Posted By mcnarus
Um, yes, it is uncompressed. Perhaps you...

Um, yes, it is uncompressed. Perhaps you shouldn't use technical terms you do not understand the meaning of.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-24-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,228
Posted By mcnarus
But not all speaker wires do, which is why you...

But not all speaker wires do, which is why you shouldn't.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-24-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,347
Posted By mcnarus
Really? He asked about jitter. What is that...

Really? He asked about jitter. What is that about, if not the DAC's performance?
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-24-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,228
Posted By mcnarus
Reasons to spend more on cables: 1) You care...

Reasons to spend more on cables:

1) You care about their appearance. (Seems an odd priority to me, but to each his own.)

2) You have particular installation issues. (Like running under a...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-24-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 475
Posted By mcnarus
I presume you've tried this and experienced a...

I presume you've tried this and experienced a problem. If not, you should before you spend any money on a new DAC you might not need.

If you do need a non-USB DAC, you are going to have to pay...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-24-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,347
Posted By mcnarus
Not necessarily. Most of us are pragmatists, and...

Not necessarily. Most of us are pragmatists, and we want to reduce jitter enough so it won't be audible. And it turns out that even really, really cheap basic DACs have jitter that low. So it's just...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-22-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,228
Posted By mcnarus
Fine, but in that case your reasons for spending...

Fine, but in that case your reasons for spending that kind of money have nothing to do with durability, which you could have had for a whole lot less.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-22-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,967
Posted By mcnarus
No. You'd be so wrong. If you think vinyl offers...

No. You'd be so wrong. If you think vinyl offers "full dynamic range," you don't know anything about vinyl, or how records were made back in the day.

Granted, a lot of digital releases are heavily...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-22-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,228
Posted By mcnarus
Just for the record, one interconnect in my...

Just for the record, one interconnect in my current system came free with a cassette deck I purchased in 1978.

If it ever fails, I've got a few equally expensive replacements lying around.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-20-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 594
Views: 9,748
Posted By mcnarus
And let's not forget that audio systems are used...

And let's not forget that audio systems are used for more than just reproducing music.

In fact, if you have a home theater, you absolutely must NOT use MIT cables, because they are designed not to...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-20-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 594
Views: 9,748
Posted By mcnarus
There have been reported cases where people...

There have been reported cases where people opened up network boxes and found nothing at all—save a cable running through it.

At least there was something there which, depending on what it is and...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-18-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 594
Views: 9,748
Posted By mcnarus
Because you, like other members of your species,...

Because you, like other members of your species, are very suggestible, especially about what you are hearing. That's why we use blind tests—because they eliminate suggestibility as an explanation for...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-18-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 594
Views: 9,748
Posted By mcnarus
You're right, we should. But it's such a big...

You're right, we should.

But it's such a big fish.

And such a small barrel.
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