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Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-30-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 121
Posted By commsysman
You say "PREAMP", but you are obviously talking...

You say "PREAMP", but you are obviously talking about a PHONO PREAMP, which is a different thing entirely.

The Musical Fidelity V90-LPS PHONO PREAMP is excellent, but is $225.

The Cambridge...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 109
Posted By commsysman
The original post says he has an older Yamaha...

The original post says he has an older Yamaha AVR; the model number is given.
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 109
Posted By commsysman
I would recommend that IF you really want new...

I would recommend that IF you really want new speakers you limit yourself to the Monitor Audio and PSB speakers, which are very good-sounding speakers in general.

I think you will find that those...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 97
Posted By commsysman
The PSB ALPHA C1 speakers should be perfect for...

The PSB ALPHA C1 speakers should be perfect for that situation.

They are 7" high and 17 inches wide, and have dual 5 1/2 inch drivers, big enough to give you relatively good full-range sound for...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 35
Posted By commsysman
The problem is that when the computer is shutting...

The problem is that when the computer is shutting off various large voltage changes on the RCA output jacks are apparently coupled to the speakers.

This IS going to cause a lot of noise when it is...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 35
Posted By commsysman
Since they work fine in normal operation, the...

Since they work fine in normal operation, the solution is simple.

Disconnect power from the powered speakers just before the computer shuts down.

Plug the speakers' AC power cord or power...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 88
Posted By commsysman
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I would say that the Pioneer speakers would be a big step in the wrong direction. You would probably have to spend at least...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-28-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 309
Posted By commsysman
The Cambridge 651R is an excellent one. At only...

The Cambridge 651R is an excellent one. At only 499 L, it is a steal. In the USA it was going for $1200-1300 recently.

When I do a Google search for "NAD T758 Receiver", I get links to Crutchfield...
Forum: Speakers   01-28-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 350
Posted By commsysman
The Absolute Sound magazine did an article on the...

The Absolute Sound magazine did an article on the Infinity P363 speakers last month, and the reviewer felt they were by far the best speaker to be had at anywhere near their price.

I have...
Forum: Speakers   01-28-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 170
Posted By commsysman
The Focal 1028BE would definitely be the...

The Focal 1028BE would definitely be the best-sounding of those 3 speakers in my opinion; they are very good.

I nearly bought a pair of them recently, but a friend suggested that I listen to a...
Forum: Speakers   01-28-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 350
Posted By commsysman
You can eliminate your problem once you become...

You can eliminate your problem once you become aware that no Polk speaker on the market offers the best performance at any price point.

Wharfdale, PSB, Monitor Audio, and Pioneer speakers are...
Forum: Speakers   01-28-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 172
Posted By commsysman
You want to get RIGID STEEL stands that will...

You want to get RIGID STEEL stands that will couple your speakers effectively to the floor (or a concrete block stack).

Anything else is a complete waste of money.

Effective stands have to have...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-28-2015, 04:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 309
Posted By commsysman
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Do yourself a favor and step up to a NAD T758 or Cambridge Audio AVR (Yamaha, Sony, Pioneer, Denon...barf).

Driving...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-28-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 79
Posted By commsysman
It sounds like you have a pretty good system; all...

It sounds like you have a pretty good system; all stuff I could easily recommend (and have recommended).

The BDP-103 is a pretty good unit for the money, but the BDP-105 is on a whole different...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-26-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 418
Posted By commsysman
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The Monitor Audio or Wharfedale speakers are excellent choices IMO. The 10.2 is only a little more and will give you a lot more bass response....
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-26-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 169
Posted By commsysman
IMO the best way to connect a subwoofer is to...

IMO the best way to connect a subwoofer is to connect wire from the speakers' terminals to the speaker-level inputs of the subwoofer.

This can be done with lightweight (16 or 18 gauge) speaker...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-25-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 160
Posted By commsysman
I find that the 320K MP3 downloads are hard to...

I find that the 320K MP3 downloads are hard to tell from the original CD on my system, which is a $20K system using an Audio Research LS-26 preamp, Musical Fidelity M6PRX amp, and Vandersteen Treo...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-25-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 157
Posted By commsysman
IMO the sound quality of Onkyo amps and receivers...

IMO the sound quality of Onkyo amps and receivers is very bright and harsh; not something I could live with or recommend.

For $550 you can get the Music Hall 15.3 integrated amplifier, which has a...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-22-2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 169
Posted By commsysman
The issue is overall power capability. The Yamaha...

The issue is overall power capability. The Yamaha claim to be able to provide 130 watts per channel from that receiver is a bad joke that should not be taken seriously. There is a huge difference...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-22-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 87
Posted By commsysman
The sound quality of your Naim gear is way way...

The sound quality of your Naim gear is way way better than almost any HT receiver you can buy. You should be very careful what you buy to avoid being seriously disappointed with the sound quality.
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Forum: Speakers   01-22-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 51
Posted By commsysman
The reading of 4 ohms is DC RESISTANCE, which...

The reading of 4 ohms is DC RESISTANCE, which tells you NOTHING.

Disconnect all of the speakers, and then connect one of them at a time to the left front output terminals of the receiver. Play...
Forum: Speakers   01-22-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 75
Posted By commsysman
That will work fine, but connect the high-level...

That will work fine, but connect the high-level subwoofer input terminals directly to the Sansui speaker terminals with lightweight (18 gauge or so) speaker wire.

Make sure you shut one receiver...
Forum: Speakers   01-22-2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 301
Posted By commsysman
I have a pair of the Dayton B652 speakers in my...

I have a pair of the Dayton B652 speakers in my den, powered by a Cambridge 40 watt amplifier and connected to a TV and CD player. They sound a lot better than the Boston speakers they replaced...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-22-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 227
Posted By commsysman
I think that you will find the sound quality of a...

I think that you will find the sound quality of a Music Hall MMF-2.2 to be significantly better than what you have. Low-priced direct-drive turntables are not very good, and the Shure 1200HRP...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-22-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 109
Posted By commsysman
I use the Audioengine 2 speakers, which have...

I use the Audioengine 2 speakers, which have their own amplifiers included, within the speaker cabinet.

Self-powered speakers save a lot of space, and mine sound great and only cost $200.

I do...
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