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Forum: Speakers   03-09-2017, 10:39 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,232
Posted By southleft
An audio/video system is like a chain made up of...

An audio/video system is like a chain made up of links. Each component, beginning with the Oppo player, is a link and all the links form a chain. And a chain, as we all learned in school, is only as...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   03-09-2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 63
Posted By southleft
Interesting problem you have there. Our setup at...

Interesting problem you have there. Our setup at home goes from
[PC graphics card HDMI-out] to
[TV HDMI-in], then from
[TV Optical digital-out] to
[Schiit Bifrost DAC Optical digital-in],...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-09-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 3,746
Posted By southleft
Mmm, how much does a full-monty Linn LP-12 + Linn...

Mmm, how much does a full-monty Linn LP-12 + Linn pre-amp + medium size Linn active speakers cost? That would be sufficient for my needs.
Forum: OLED Technology and Flat Panels General   03-03-2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 5,359
Posted By southleft
Friends of ours bought a 55-inch Vizio M-series...

Friends of ours bought a 55-inch Vizio M-series 4K TV last summer. Having viewed it playing TV shows including fast-action sports, Blu-ray discs and 4K streaming from Netflix I can confirm that the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-03-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,559
Posted By southleft
Cello Section Perch

Your remarks come as a revelation. Cellists usually sit upon an ordinary chair. Being elevated on a perch would undoubtedly be an advantage to prevent one's knuckles from dragging the floor....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-02-2017, 05:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,559
Posted By southleft
I've not had the pleasure of hearing Goldenear...

I've not had the pleasure of hearing Goldenear speakers, and look forward to doing so sometime. Marantz has been dear to my heart (and ears!) going all the way back to my Model 2238 receiver, not to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-02-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,559
Posted By southleft
Def-Tech is a mid-fi range of home theater...

Def-Tech is a mid-fi range of home theater speakers for movie lovers and rock music. They have little pretension to accurate sound reproduction, but they do offer a certain excitement factor. Polk...
Forum: OLED Technology and Flat Panels General   03-02-2017, 02:55 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 5,359
Posted By southleft
In the eight years or more that we've had our...

In the eight years or more that we've had our KURO PDP-5020 we have yet to see another TV with better off-angle viewing, better motion handling, or more natural color. OK, we did reduce the Red...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   02-21-2017, 10:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By southleft
Excellent answer. You covered all the...

Excellent answer. You covered all the considerations. The one thing i would emphasize is that many TVs still allow you to download a firmware or software update to your home computer, then copy it...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   02-21-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,255
Posted By southleft
We occasionally turn on motion processing /...

We occasionally turn on motion processing / smoothing if the framerate appears jerky or juddery. This may occur on various sources, but we've found it's least likely on Blu-ray movies played on our...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-16-2017, 11:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 317
Posted By southleft
I second ajhieb's recommendation of going for a...

I second ajhieb's recommendation of going for a business-oriented laptop rather than a consumer model. Over the last several years we've owned ASUS, ACER, and HP laptops all of which are good in...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   11-24-2016, 09:31 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 7,324
Posted By southleft
Of course LPs sounded "flat" - you were using a...

Of course LPs sounded "flat" - you were using a Dual turntable. Probably with some brand name receiver which would be mid-fi at best. Result: music smothered by inferior equipment.
Forum: Community News & Polls   11-18-2016, 09:26 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,465
Posted By southleft
Brahms Symphonies on Direct-to-Disc Vinyl

Berlin Philharmonic just emailed me about a limited edition on vinyl of the direct-cut 2014 Brahms Symphonies No. 1-4. It's a boxed set of LPS plus a 72-page book for 499 Euros or approx. $530 incl....
Forum: Great Found Deals   11-18-2016, 09:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 95
Posted By southleft
Direct to disc: The Brahms cycle with Sir Simon Rattle

Berlin Philharmonic just emailed me about a limited edition on vinyl of the direct-cut 2014 Brahms Symphonies No. 1-4. It's a boxed set of LPS plus a 72-page book for 499 Euros or approx. $530 incl....
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-10-2016, 04:21 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,369
Posted By southleft
Yes

Yup, that's the one! It sounded great when played on my ol' Linn Sondek LP12 with Alphason HR100 tonearm and ADC MC 1.5 cartridge, QUAD amp and ESL's. Optional tea or a wee dram of Oban rounded out...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-10-2016, 10:52 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,369
Posted By southleft
Reiner Rules!

Those Reiner/Chicago SO recordings on RCA's Living Stereo CD series are very enjoyable. One of my favorites is their rendition of Scheherezade with its colorful scoring,hall acoustics, a rich timbre...
Forum: HTPC Computer Items   09-21-2016, 03:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By southleft
Because of the Innov8's cable length it must sit...

Because of the Innov8's cable length it must sit close to the computer. I turned off all electronics in the room except for the PC and Innov8. Windows and doors were also closed tight. From about 3...
Forum: Speakers   09-19-2016, 10:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 482
Posted By southleft
Electrostatic speakers are, generally, speaking,...

Electrostatic speakers are, generally, speaking, dipole speakers. This means they need some air space behind them to reflect the rear radiation and work properly. Unlike box speakers with which the...
Forum: Speakers   09-19-2016, 09:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 473
Posted By southleft
You really should consult a quality audio/home...

You really should consult a quality audio/home theater dealership who can advise you on good choices for that room. One of the quality brands of in-wall speakers is B&W (Bowers & Wilkins). Go here...
Forum: HTPC Computer Items   09-15-2016, 05:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By southleft
FS: Seagate 8TB External Hard Drive USB 3.1

We have a brand new model from Seagate called the "Innov8".

Price is $199 including the add-on controller card. (Compare to online price $329.99 at time of writing).

*New design - powered by...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-05-2016, 11:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 476
Posted By southleft
Just a general comment here on the picture and...

Just a general comment here on the picture and sound quality when viewing Netflix. They have improved significantly over the last couple of years and, overall, are approximately as good as watching a...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-05-2016, 10:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 860
Posted By southleft
LED strip with 5K color temp., of course, on the...

LED strip with 5K color temp., of course, on the rear panel of a 50-inch Pioneer plasma does the trick for us. Watching TV and Blu-ray this way is easy on the eyes. An oriental rug on the wall behind...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   08-30-2016, 06:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 574
Posted By southleft
We're both pointing the original poster in the...

We're both pointing the original poster in the same direction. You suggest the instant comparison test which even the guy in the video tells you straight up is stressful. I suggest the long test...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   08-29-2016, 12:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 574
Posted By southleft
You MUST try Tidal's Hi-fi streaming

Ah, there's the rub. Your source is limiting the sound quality. I'm not knocking Spotify - it's a great streaming service. BUT, it's still LOSSY audio - bits have been removed, sound quality is...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   08-29-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 574
Posted By southleft
One or two points come to mind here that maybe...

One or two points come to mind here that maybe haven't been covered. KEF speakers can be just a tad bit forward and bright in character. This is good for overall clarity. The Denon receivers are...
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