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Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-24-2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By commsysman
Cleaning the stylus is something that only needs...

Cleaning the stylus is something that only needs to be done every 100 plays or less.

The main thing is cleaning the record before play with a carbon-fiber brush to remove lint and static.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-24-2014, 03:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 46
Posted By commsysman
I love my Sennheiser RS180 wireless headphones;...

I love my Sennheiser RS180 wireless headphones; excellent fidelity and no wires to run across the room to your head.

Amazon is selling them for only $199 right now, which is a lot less than I...
Forum: Speakers   12-23-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 151
Posted By commsysman
In general, you will find that speakers from KEF,...

In general, you will find that speakers from KEF, PSB, Monitor Audio and Wharfedale to be much better-sounding than most Polk speakers.

With a $1500 total budget you need to set $500 aside for a...
Forum: Speakers   12-23-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 64
Posted By commsysman
My thought is that Focal makes some of the...

My thought is that Focal makes some of the best-sounding speakers you can buy, and Mirage makes mostly 3rd-rate ones; kind of like comparing Porsche to Renault.

A waste of time. You would find...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-18-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 95
Posted By commsysman
The Hegel would definitely be my first choice...

The Hegel would definitely be my first choice between the ones you named; it is excellent.

Another excellent one to consider is the Krell 550i, which puts out considerably more power and is being...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   12-11-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 168
Posted By commsysman
There is no general answer to this, because the...

There is no general answer to this, because the horizontal and vertical dispersion patterns of each tweeter and each midrange is different, and must be considered in detail.

The absolutely...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   12-11-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 71
Posted By commsysman
My suspicion is that the in-wall volume controls...

My suspicion is that the in-wall volume controls are miswired.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   12-11-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 235
Posted By commsysman
The only way is to use some form of damping to...

The only way is to use some form of damping to suppress the resonance.

One way would be to glue some dense closed-cell foam material, perhaps a few inches square, between the two pieces of glass...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-11-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 118
Posted By commsysman
The Denon AVR-X1000 is $349 at Amazon, and would...

The Denon AVR-X1000 is $349 at Amazon, and would be my choice.

It has networking built-in and an extensive list of features and decent power and sound quality.

Also, A product I have and highly...
Forum: Speakers   12-11-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 94
Posted By commsysman
There are a few speakers that I would recommend...

There are a few speakers that I would recommend for $5000, but they are not Martin-Logan.

The ones I would recommend are the Focal Chorus 826W, the PSB Imagine T2, the Vandersteen 3A Signature,...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-09-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,077
Posted By commsysman
The Grace Solo pretty much supports anything that...

The Grace Solo pretty much supports anything that is available online.

It will tell you the bit rate of what it is receiving on its display.

Some radio stations uplink 320K, but some much lower...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-09-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 195
Posted By commsysman
Focal makes some of the best speakers on the...

Focal makes some of the best speakers on the market for their prices.

Music Direct has some excellent special prices on certain models; check them out.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-09-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 215
Posted By commsysman
Hum and noise are the issues. If you don't hear a...

Hum and noise are the issues. If you don't hear a problem, you don't have a problem.

For PA system you can probably get away with it, IF you keep the cables away from AC cords and power supplies....
Forum: Speakers   12-08-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 173
Posted By commsysman
It is a mistake to go too small. Main speakers...

It is a mistake to go too small. Main speakers should go down to around 60 Hz, or the subwoofer ends up trying to do more that it is intended to do, and sound quality suffers.

I suggest that you...
Forum: Speakers   12-08-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,210
Posted By commsysman
I personally think that almost any experienced...

I personally think that almost any experienced recording engineer will laugh at that statement.

John Atkinson of Stereophile has indicated that he has no problem telling the difference; but he...
Forum: Speakers   12-08-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,210
Posted By commsysman
I have a $20K stereo system, and for 90% of my...

I have a $20K stereo system, and for 90% of my music the 320K mp3 files do not sound significantly different than the original CD source. IMO You don't lose much if you listen to 320K. Lower-res...
Forum: Speakers   12-08-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 103
Posted By commsysman
I suggest that you stay away from the deceptively...

I suggest that you stay away from the deceptively rated receivers that make up the majority of the market and get a NAD T748 receiver (around $599).

It will have more REAL honest power and be able...
Forum: Speakers   12-08-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 274
Posted By commsysman
If the Marantz receiver does not have the oomph...

If the Marantz receiver does not have the oomph you want with 5 channels of Monitor Audio speakers, then add a Marantz MM7025 amplifier for the front channels and you will be in business.

That...
Forum: Speakers   12-07-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 274
Posted By commsysman
Well, that spec is misleading. The SR5002 is...

Well, that spec is misleading.

The SR5002 is rated for a maximum total POWER CONSUMPTION of 600 watts.

Now there is no way that 600 watts of power consumption can be turned into 7 times 90W of...
Forum: Speakers   12-07-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 72
Posted By commsysman
It is very hard to get a good sound distiribution...

It is very hard to get a good sound distiribution with so many speakers in so many places; more is usually NOT better; just a sonic mess.

My experience has been that one should shoot for a good...
Forum: Speakers   12-07-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 274
Posted By commsysman
Comparing the Monitor Silver to those Klipsch...

Comparing the Monitor Silver to those Klipsch speakers is like comparing a Porsche to a Ford Fiesta if you ask me; no comparison at all...lol.

The only issue with the receiver is whether it will...
Forum: Speakers   12-07-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 72
Posted By commsysman
One thing to consider is that once you put it in...

One thing to consider is that once you put it in the wall you are kind of committed; tough to upgrade.

PSB makes some MUCH better-sounding in-wall and in-ceiling speakers.

If you can afford...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-07-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 136
Posted By commsysman
One thing that I have recently added to my main...

One thing that I have recently added to my main stereo system is a Grace Digital Solo Internet tuner. It hooks to any amplifier or receiver.

By connecting it to the internet via either a cable or...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-07-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 134
Posted By commsysman
My amplifier recommendation would be the Music...

My amplifier recommendation would be the Music Hall 15.3 integrated amplifier.

IMO it is the best you can get for under $1000, and it runs $549.

I suggest the Audioengine D1 for the DAC.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-07-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 136
Posted By commsysman
You can't use the Tape monitor jacks for that...

You can't use the Tape monitor jacks for that because the output is fixed; not controlled by the volume control.

For the type of service you are talking about, there is no reason to use an...
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