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Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-27-2014, 02:01 PM
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Posted By mcnarus
First rule of thumb: Maximize your speaker...

First rule of thumb: Maximize your speaker budget. That's the component that's going to make the real difference in sound quality.

A basic AVR is one way to go, since it has everything you need in...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-02-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 1,874
Posted By mcnarus
A dubious piece of advice. There is no reason,...

A dubious piece of advice. There is no reason, technical or otherwise, why what you spend on wire should bear any relationship to what you spend on the balance of your system.


Sure, but you've...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-02-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 1,874
Posted By mcnarus
Not really. As BW says, copper mixed with...

Not really. As BW says, copper mixed with something else won't have exactly the same electrical characteristics as 100% copper. But you need a fairly substantial difference in electrical performance...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-01-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 1,874
Posted By mcnarus
Well, you caught me. I didn't read every word of...

Well, you caught me. I didn't read every word of the thread. My apologies for the confusion.

BTW, anyone who has read every word of this thread needs help, IMHO.

Oh no? This seems to be a...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   11-30-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 1,874
Posted By mcnarus
Since bluewizard wants to be taken seriously...

Since bluewizard wants to be taken seriously here, let's have another look at the top of his very first post in this thread:

So we have 15' of 16-gauge copper. And yet he insists these cables are...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   11-29-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 1,874
Posted By mcnarus
There is a difference between what something is...

There is a difference between what something is worth and what some sucker will pay for it.

A good measure of its actual worth would be what it would cost to replace it with something equivalent....
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   11-28-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 1,874
Posted By mcnarus
Here's the problem, BW: You say: but you...

Here's the problem, BW: You say:

but you don't (and I suspect can't) tell us what the electrical parameters of that cable are. Do you even know what "electrical parameters" means?


You're...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   11-28-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By mcnarus
But they certainly have analog line in, which you...

But they certainly have analog line in, which you can use with any tape player.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   11-23-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 183
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: 187
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: 11
Views: 692
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: 186
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: 358
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: 358
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: 358
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: 9
Views: 676
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: 629
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: 383
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: 299
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
Replies: 367
Views: 9,889
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: 1,217
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: 299
Posted By mcnarus
www.kabusa.com

www.kabusa.com
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-24-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 6,030
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: 209
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: 1,132
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...
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