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Forum: Blu-ray Players   01-29-2015, 01:00 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
I have an older player, BDP-S590, but I believe...

I have an older player, BDP-S590, but I believe the video settings are likely to be in the same places in the menu system.

My player is at home but I'm not, so the following is just from memory. ...
Forum: Ultra Hi-End HT Gear ($20,000+)   01-28-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 659
Views: 45,088
Posted By Selden Ball
My (perhaps mistaken) understanding is that its...

My (perhaps mistaken) understanding is that its metadata is encoded in the lowest order bits in the original LPCM audio stream. Those bits will have been modified if you use a nanoAVR. :(
Forum: Ultra Hi-End HT Gear ($20,000+)   01-28-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 659
Views: 45,088
Posted By Selden Ball
I wouldn't call them issues so much as...

I wouldn't call them issues so much as limitations.

1) The nanoAVR goes between a player and the AVR (or pre/pro), so it can be applied only to a single player device in most configurations. Of...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-28-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 73
Posted By Selden Ball
Unfortunately, it looks like a refurb Denon X4000...

Unfortunately, it looks like a refurb Denon X4000 (last year's lowest XT32 model) is selling for about $700 from Accessories4Less.

Onkyo's TX-NR818 sometimes can be found used for much less, but...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-28-2015, 12:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 24
Posted By Selden Ball
Sometimes the turn-on order matters. Since you...

Sometimes the turn-on order matters. Since you didn't mention it, that might be related to the problems you're having.

The order most often recommended is to turn on TV, then AVR, then player...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-28-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 9,957
Posted By Selden Ball
DTS Neo:X is an upmixer, not a downmixer or...

DTS Neo:X is an upmixer, not a downmixer or virtualizer. Like Dolby ProLogic and Audyssey DSX, it expands the incoming soundtrack to use all of the speakers that the upmixer understands, which might...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-28-2015, 08:37 AM
Replies: 1,154
Views: 94,896
Posted By Selden Ball
Functionally they're similar, but the AV8802 has...

Functionally they're similar, but the AV8802 has significant upgrades in many of its components: 32bit DACs and processing, copper chassis, separate HDAM modules for each audio channel, etc. How much...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-28-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 2,901
Views: 108,930
Posted By Selden Ball
This is the first I've heard of anyone needing to...

This is the first I've heard of anyone needing to do this. Normally when a D+M AVR or pre/pro detects the Atmos metadata, it automatically selects the Atmos decoder and does not allow any of the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-27-2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 73,753
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Posted By Selden Ball
If you mean that there's a setting on the...

If you mean that there's a setting on the subwoofer itself which is set to 80Hz, you should change that to be as high as you can make it. The subwoofer has to be able to accept sounds at least up to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-27-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 98
Posted By Selden Ball
HDMI is used to transport both high resolution...

HDMI is used to transport both high resolution video and high resolution audio, so just the one HDMI cable is needed to get both sound and video from the Blu-ray player to the receiver. HDMI...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   01-27-2015, 02:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 28
Posted By Selden Ball
Unfortunately, my opinion is "probably not". The...

Unfortunately, my opinion is "probably not". The soundbar itself contains only 3" speakers, its subwoofer is reasonable at 8" in diameter, so long as you don't expect it to produce good bass below...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-27-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 12,508
Views: 721,296
Posted By Selden Ball
There's no reason to buy a Marantz amplifier...

There's no reason to buy a Marantz amplifier other than to have the same logo on all of your equipment. Just about any other amp will work with Marantz equipment just as well. (Although some older...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-27-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 40
Posted By Selden Ball
All indications are that Audyssey in the AV8802...

All indications are that Audyssey in the AV8802 is still limited to a sampling rate of 48K samples/sec. The limitation is due to the DSP's performance. As pointed out by Audyssey's Chris Kyriakakis,...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-27-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 64
Posted By Selden Ball
One option would be to get a really cheap TV. new...

One option would be to get a really cheap TV. new or used. They still have composite video inputs.

Composite video to HDMI converters are available, too. E.g....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-27-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 146
Posted By Selden Ball
Audio and/or video dropouts usually are caused by...

Audio and/or video dropouts usually are caused by deficient HDMI cables delivering marginal signals.

You should try new 6' Certified High Speed HDMI cables. They don't need to be expensive...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-27-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 109
Posted By Selden Ball
Here's something to consider: ...

Here's something to consider:

http://usa.denon.com/us/wireless-multi-room-music-system
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-27-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 109
Posted By Selden Ball
Sorry, I misread what you wrote to mean that...

Sorry, I misread what you wrote to mean that you'd actually decided on a specific set of equipment rather than just the system design.

The WiSA standard seems to be oriented more toward audio...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   01-27-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 13,373
Views: 380,308
Posted By Selden Ball
I'm sure most people just mean that they've set...

I'm sure most people just mean that they've set the AVR's trim level 3-6 dB higher and don't try to measure what ithe resulting sound level actually is.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-27-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 1,191
Views: 43,032
Posted By Selden Ball
Translating a multi-channel recording made with a...

Translating a multi-channel recording made with a "christmas tree" microphone array optimized for Auro into an object oriented Atmos soundtrack evidently is more difficult than it seems it should be....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-27-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 109
Posted By Selden Ball
As a functional diagram, it's fine. It'd be...

As a functional diagram, it's fine. It'd be interesting to know exactly what components and speakers you decided to use, though.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-27-2015, 08:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 575
Posted By Selden Ball
Upgrading the filter capacitors in its power...

Upgrading the filter capacitors in its power supply and elsewhere.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-27-2015, 08:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 386
Posted By Selden Ball
To get full speed 4K display from a computer, you...

To get full speed 4K display from a computer, you will need an AVR which can provide passthrough for 4K 60fps. That's not Onkyo. However, it does not need to support HDCP V2.2. That'll only be needed...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-26-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 575
Posted By Selden Ball
Stereo separation is determined by the recorded...

Stereo separation is determined by the recorded soundtrack and by the speakers and room acoustics, unless you have defective electronics with audible crosstalk.

An easy way to improve separation...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   01-26-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 453
Posted By Selden Ball
You should listen for yourself. Personally, I...

You should listen for yourself. Personally, I suspect you won't be able to hear the difference.

The fear of re-digitizing usually is outmoded. Modern DAC and ADCs are very good. providing...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   01-26-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 84
Posted By Selden Ball
You also might want to consider an Oppo universal...

You also might want to consider an Oppo universal player. Their model BDP-103 is about $500. Their BDP-105 with higher quality analog outputs is somewhat more, though, more like $1400.
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