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Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-03-2015, 05:35 PM
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Posted By gtgray
Windows mixer perhaps. I use JRiver and Flac....

Windows mixer perhaps. I use JRiver and Flac. Color me skeptical on PCM from Oppo being better than PCM from a PC. No apple guy so I can't begin to guess what tricky business is in their file...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-03-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 268
Posted By gtgray
Digital is digital. HDMI will send it fine if you...

Digital is digital. HDMI will send it fine if you have an HDMI port. I have some PC doing that. I have another PC an all in one with no HDMI port and am using an inexpensive Behringer USB audio...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-28-2015, 09:40 PM
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Posted By gtgray
+1. This is what works for me.

+1. This is what works for me.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-28-2015, 09:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 306
Posted By gtgray
I just went through this and just Audyssey to...

I just went through this and just Audyssey to sound awful for music. My back wall is immediately behind the MLP so maybe that is too hard problem for Audyssey. So now, I an using Front Bypass and...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-28-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,085
Posted By gtgray
I use an HP all in one with JRiver MC. This...

I use an HP all in one with JRiver MC. This particular PC has no hdmi port. I gave up on streaming though the network port on the X4000 Denon. At least with JRiver that doesn't work well. The analog...
Forum: Speakers   02-23-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By gtgray
Ascend Seirra Towers with RAAL ribbons. The RAAL...

Ascend Seirra Towers with RAAL ribbons. The RAAL are seriously good ribbons. I have some ESS AMTs, some Ascend Sierra 2s and Martin Logan Motion 40s. The devil is in the details but the Sierra 2 is a...
Forum: Speakers   02-15-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,611
Posted By gtgray
This is similar to what I experienced with my...

This is similar to what I experienced with my Motion 40s. It has driven me crazy. I have no answers. What are you powering them with? Denon, perhaps?
Forum: Speakers   02-12-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 296
Posted By gtgray
I wonder how the Philharmonic Audio Affordable...

I wonder how the Philharmonic Audio Affordable Accuracy versions of the FS-52s would compare to the Elite Speakers. Very likely a much closer comparison.
Forum: Rear Projection Units   02-12-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 86
Posted By gtgray
I have about 8500 hours on my 92840 and am on my...

I have about 8500 hours on my 92840 and am on my 4th lamp. If you are like me and of the opinion that the 92" sets are just barely bright enough at best, you will want to change the lamp sooner...
Forum: Speakers   02-11-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,421
Posted By gtgray
Implementation, implementation. What...

Implementation, implementation.

What stand-mount/bookshelves provide is a lower bill of materials and simpler design requirement. Sure, like everyone else here, I can site examples where a tower...
Forum: Speakers   02-08-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,933
Posted By gtgray
I had the good fortune to buy the JBL Studio 530s...

I had the good fortune to buy the JBL Studio 530s for around $350 for the pair from Amazon direct not the marketplace. It was a complete flyer. I almost always have buyers remorse when I buy a...
Forum: Speakers   01-27-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 459
Posted By gtgray
My brother has the Sierra 2 with the natural...

My brother has the Sierra 2 with the natural bamboo finish. Taken as a whole with Sierra, you are not getting a speaker that announces its price point on looks. I have a dark pair arriving today.....
Forum: Speakers   01-15-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 15,838
Views: 1,377,225
Posted By gtgray
Don't mind me I am not critical of the...

Don't mind me I am not critical of the Floorstanders, it is just that when I bought the 530s they were $350 a pair on Amazon and the towers are so much higher.
Forum: Speakers   01-15-2015, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 185
Posted By gtgray
I like the Ascend Sierra 2 myself. You might...

I like the Ascend Sierra 2 myself. You might consider the JBL Studio 5 series. I clearly prefer the Sierra 2 to the JBL Studio 530 but could be completely happy with the JBLs.


The JBL 530...
Forum: Speakers   01-15-2015, 10:01 AM
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Posted By gtgray
The 530 is a great speaker.. The price delta...

The 530 is a great speaker.. The price delta between the bookshelf and the big tower is a pretty huge. Unless the room is huge I am not sure the 590 is worth the price difference especially if you...
Forum: Speakers   01-13-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 510
Posted By gtgray
I own the JBL 530 and it is my preference above...

I own the JBL 530 and it is my preference above the NHT Classic Three. The Classic Three is nice and some might prefer it but it does not have the JBLs big sound. Also if you watch movies the JBL has...
Forum: Speakers   01-13-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 908
Posted By gtgray
You are in for a treat! The Denon refurbs at...

You are in for a treat! The Denon refurbs at accessories4less are quite attractive deals. I ran mine with an older but stout Pioneer Elite. I later used 2011 model Denon 2112CI, which was not as...
Forum: Speakers   01-13-2015, 07:06 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,933
Posted By gtgray
In addition to the JBL Studi 530, I have a pair...

In addition to the JBL Studi 530, I have a pair of the Def Tech SM 45s, which professional reviewers have preferred to the SM 55. The Def Tech is not comparable to the Studio 530 JBL believe me. I...
Forum: Speakers   01-12-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,012
Posted By gtgray
Consider,Ascend Sierra 1 towers with Raal...

Consider,Ascend Sierra 1 towers with Raal tweeters, Philharmonic Slims at or below ML 40 pricing.
Forum: Speakers   01-12-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,933
Posted By gtgray
You have a good size space, you need a bookshelf...

You have a good size space, you need a bookshelf with a big sound. I recommend the JBL Studio 530s. I have not heard the Ascend 340se, but I have heard the 170se, The JBLs are big cut above the...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   01-07-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 173
Posted By gtgray
It seems that this is not a year for 80+ inch...

It seems that this is not a year for 80+ inch displays that real people can afford. I was hoping to see something very much improved over the Samsung 8550 and the LG 9800 well under 10K. Oh well...
Forum: Rear Projection Units   01-07-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 566
Posted By gtgray
This might be a color wheel problem. I remember...

This might be a color wheel problem. I remember once when in the Service Menu I fooled around with the color wheel indexing. There is an optimal setting that is light engine specific. If you change...
Forum: Speakers   01-07-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 453
Posted By gtgray
+1 on the JBL Studio 530

+1 on the JBL Studio 530
Forum: Speakers   12-31-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 24,436
Posted By gtgray
I can't speak to the Emptek speakers but the list...

I can't speak to the Emptek speakers but the list below is speakers I own or have owned that are not in my room in the same league as the Sierra2. Keep in mind that even at b-stock this is a much...
Forum: Speakers   12-31-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 851
Posted By gtgray
While I think Dennis Murphy's AA and...

While I think Dennis Murphy's AA and Philharmonitors areworthy choices, a set of JBL Studio 530s around $500 is also worth considering as they offer a powerful sense of scale and dynamics that might...
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