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Forum: 2 Channel Audio   01-20-2011, 01:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,657
Posted By scorch123
Guessing from what I see in the photos, acoustic...

Guessing from what I see in the photos, acoustic treatments and loudspeaker placement adjustments will give you the biggest improvement in sound quality.

I have DIY treatments like 8th Nerve for...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   01-20-2011, 01:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,940
Posted By scorch123
Also double-check your audio connections. That...

Also double-check your audio connections. That can cause hum/noise as well.

- Steve O.
Forum: Speakers   10-16-2008, 09:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 805
Posted By scorch123
Wow! Where to begin?...I feel like taking a...

Wow! Where to begin?...I feel like taking a shower after just looking at those pictures http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/wink.gif

Definitely some in-walls - you can't get cigarette...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-16-2008, 08:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,847
Posted By scorch123
Quote:Originally Posted by Harrypt...

Quote:Originally Posted by Harrypt http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/post/14874823)

Oh puhleeeze. It doesn't "normally", in fact nobody serious about...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-15-2008, 01:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,847
Posted By scorch123
Hi, Normally moving coil requires a step-up...

Hi,

Normally moving coil requires a step-up transformer, not moving magnet.

If your preamp has headphone out, listen to the vinyl LP with a set of headphones and verify whether or not you get...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-15-2008, 01:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,096
Posted By scorch123
Frazz, C'mon - be realistic - who cares...

Frazz,

C'mon - be realistic - who cares right now about calibration with your new babies? Put on the big bass music/movies and give those guys a workout. Time to break-in the subs.

IMHO - TWO...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2008, 01:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,468
Posted By scorch123
konstantinos70, Do you already have a PC?...

konstantinos70,

Do you already have a PC? If so, what are the components? (You may be able to upgrade the system to handle Blu-Ray easily)

I wouldn't consider a commercial built-to-order HTPC...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2008, 01:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 685
Posted By scorch123
oroboro, You could first try repositioning...

oroboro,

You could first try repositioning the cables for the front headphone/mic audio ports within the PC case. They may somehow be near an area with a large amount of RF/EMI noise.

I...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-15-2008, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,502
Posted By scorch123
Hi, Welcome to the forum! I would opt for...

Hi,

Welcome to the forum! I would opt for 2.1 - just a pair of loudspeakers and a subwoofer for the low-end reinforcement.

For the size of the room, you could be fine with having good...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-15-2008, 10:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 16,882
Posted By scorch123
Those imports are expensive; from what I have...

Those imports are expensive; from what I have read, the titles are not necessarily remastered, but the loudness is increased. To some people, that makes the CD sound "more lively, musical, etc".
...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2008, 10:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,309
Posted By scorch123
I would also try different SW playback. Try...

I would also try different SW playback.

Try Media Player Classic Cinema, or KMplayer.

You're not by chance playing the video file from an external HD?

- Steve O.
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   10-15-2008, 10:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,091
Posted By scorch123
Hi Ron, A lot depends on the source video...

Hi Ron,

A lot depends on the source video feed, along with your display settings. For standard definition TV, you may have difficulty seeing a difference between S-Video, Composite, or Component....
Forum: Speakers   10-15-2008, 09:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,765
Posted By scorch123
I wouldn't suggest Orb audio for speakers - they...

I wouldn't suggest Orb audio for speakers - they will end up being the weak link in your high-end A/V chain. Even though your sub will be handling a lot of the low-end bass reinforcement, tiny...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2008, 09:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 973
Posted By scorch123
Hi, If you know for sure that HTPC will not...

Hi,

If you know for sure that HTPC will not be used for any 3D-intensive gaming, then definitely go for the lower-level ATI video cards. I also agree about the power supply - 750W is a lot of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2008, 09:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,222
Posted By scorch123
Hi pacemaker, Another option would be to...

Hi pacemaker,

Another option would be to get the brand/maker VGA card, and use an aftermarket passive cooler kit. You shouldn't run into any problems using a DVI->HDMI converter dongle, however....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-14-2008, 02:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 867
Posted By scorch123
Thanks guys - I am new to ATI - will check the...

Thanks guys - I am new to ATI - will check the CCC tonight.

- Steve O.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-14-2008, 01:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 867
Posted By scorch123
Hi, I have two PCs - a dedicated PC with...

Hi,

I have two PCs - a dedicated PC with the ASUS P5E-VM motherboard, and a gaming PC with two Radeon 3850s.

When using the HDMI output from the Asus setup, I see a full screen usage of...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-08-2008, 08:17 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 85,098
Posted By scorch123
yashiro81, Top 20 lists of music are rather...

yashiro81,

Top 20 lists of music are rather subjective. Maybe if you listed your favorite genres, it will help folks give more suggestions. I would start with your top 5 CDs, find them on...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-07-2008, 05:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 943
Posted By scorch123
Are you using the sound card's analog audio...

Are you using the sound card's analog audio outputs, or using digital output to a receiver?

If it's motherboard audio, you may want to re-install the audio driver(s).

- Steve O.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-07-2008, 03:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 943
Posted By scorch123
I agree - more than enough RAM, VGA, and...

I agree - more than enough RAM, VGA, and motherboard for HTPC. Nvidia offers lower-cost and less power-hungry cards that will handle 1080p. If you're not going to do any PC gaming, save the extra...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-07-2008, 03:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 933
Posted By scorch123
Hi - welcome to the forum...

Hi - welcome to the forum http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/smile.gif

I think you will be able to get up and running very easily for surround sound with the Logitech set. You should...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   10-07-2008, 08:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,613
Posted By scorch123
NYC Guy, Save yourself some $$ and try out...

NYC Guy,

Save yourself some $$ and try out some older model Philips Bitstream DAC-based changers. You should be able to find these players at a thrift store, Craigslist, eBay for around 15-50...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-07-2008, 08:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,688
Posted By scorch123
Quote:Originally Posted by Veda...

Quote:Originally Posted by Veda http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/post/14804744)

There is about 3' wide of windows from the bottom of the floor all the...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-07-2008, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,628
Posted By scorch123
Hi jmichaelf, I'd like to hear more...

Hi jmichaelf,

I'd like to hear more experience about your EMI/RFI sound card problems. I have put together and used several different PC systems at home over the years, and I've never had...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-03-2008, 09:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,628
Posted By scorch123
You are probably fine sticking with motherboard...

You are probably fine sticking with motherboard audio, and making sure you're playing back high quality music files and soundtracks.

I have an RME PCI audio card - even its analog output stage...
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