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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-19-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By BillP
I would not buy cheapy stuff to learn with. I'd...

I would not buy cheapy stuff to learn with. I'd buy good stuff to keep for years to come. It all depends on your budget, which you didn't state. And do you want a 2-channel system, 2.1 (with a...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-17-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,122
Posted By BillP
:D There's always the JC2 preamp.

:D There's always the JC2 preamp.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   08-03-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 723
Views: 62,475
Posted By BillP
My experience (with a 105, not a 105D) is quite...

My experience (with a 105, not a 105D) is quite the opposite. I use Netflix discs a lot, and have had no problems with playing any of them (unlike other players I used to own, especially Pioneer)....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-01-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 506
Posted By BillP
All the professional studios use Parasound. All...

All the professional studios use Parasound. All those brands are excellent, so choose by price and features.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   08-01-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 16,933
Views: 2,044,662
Posted By BillP
No need for a more expensive model. PQ will be...

No need for a more expensive model. PQ will be the same. AQ as well, especially if you use digital audio out (such as with HDMI). What you get with higher models are more features that you won't use,...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   07-28-2014, 05:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 279
Posted By BillP
You may want to ask in the Receivers, Amps and...

You may want to ask in the Receivers, Amps and Processors thread (search for an existing Mcintosh thread there before starting a new thread).
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-22-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 193
Posted By BillP
This still needs to go to the Help Me Choose a...

This still needs to go to the Help Me Choose a Player thread. IMO, if you don't want an Oppo, I'd go with Denon for a universal player. But it will be similar in cost. You don't get budget players...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-22-2014, 04:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By BillP
If you post your model, others can tell you...

If you post your model, others can tell you whether it does a fair or excellent job upscaling. Also, you can compare for yourself whether your display or your player does a better job upscaling.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-19-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 723
Views: 62,475
Posted By BillP
Yes there is. With analog outs, you're using the...

Yes there is. With analog outs, you're using the audio DACs of the Oppo. With HDMI, you're using the audio DACs of your AVR. Which is better depends on your AVR's DACs and implementation.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-18-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 1,685
Views: 192,326
Posted By BillP
It must be your video settings. The video section...

It must be your video settings. The video section of the 105 and the 752 are identical, as is PQ according to professional reviews. Of course, with the Darbee processing, they will be different.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-17-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 154
Posted By BillP
They are 4 ohm speakers, so you need an amp that...

They are 4 ohm speakers, so you need an amp that is rated for 4 ohms. You don't give a price range. Parasound amps are well thought of here.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-16-2014, 03:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 196
Posted By BillP
If you are a true audio enthusiast, you can't go...

If you are a true audio enthusiast, you can't go wrong with an Oppo 105/105D (assuming you are using the analog audio outs). It has the best analog audio section of any BluRay or CD player that sells...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-16-2014, 03:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,977
Posted By BillP
First, 4k upscaling by a player won't work unless...

First, 4k upscaling by a player won't work unless you have a 4k display (thus it won't work at all with a 1080p display). Second, with a 4k display and a 4k upscaling player, it comes down to which...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-16-2014, 03:36 AM
Replies: 16,933
Views: 2,044,662
Posted By BillP
Actually the mods will likely move your query to...

Actually the mods will likely move your query to the Official Help Me Choose a Player sticky thread at the top of the page.
You list very old models, which will be very slow to load and may have...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-13-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 16,933
Views: 2,044,662
Posted By BillP
Sorry, but I don't think you'll find a...

Sorry, but I don't think you'll find a stand-alone BluRay player for less with an HDMI input.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-03-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,977
Posted By BillP
The answer is "no." Upscaling to 4k will only...

The answer is "no." Upscaling to 4k will only work on a 4k display.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-30-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3,603
Views: 234,060
Posted By BillP
:DOf course I'll also have to upgrade my...

:DOf course I'll also have to upgrade my speakers. Thinking of the Sonus Faber Olympica III's.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   06-30-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,749
Posted By BillP
There are excellent 4 ohm speakers (higher end...

There are excellent 4 ohm speakers (higher end Sonus Faber come to mind). I do agree about Parasound amps!
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-29-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 3,603
Views: 234,060
Posted By BillP
Thanks, Jmouse, but I am only interested in a...

Thanks, Jmouse, but I am only interested in a 2-channel preamp (the 5509 looks like a 9.2 AVR). I saw on the Onkyo website that they do make a 2-channel preamp. I wonder how it compares to the JC2...
Forum: Speakers   06-28-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By BillP
I can't imagine the sound wouldn't be negatively...

I can't imagine the sound wouldn't be negatively affected if visibly creased. But you won't know how they sound until you hook them up.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   06-24-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 1,685
Views: 192,326
Posted By BillP
If you are using a preamp, you should just used...

If you are using a preamp, you should just used fixed output at 100 and be done with it. Although that won't work if you go directly to a power amp. I use a preamp myself due to the other AV...
Forum: Speakers   06-24-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 371
Posted By BillP
I have Sonus Faber Grand Piano (replaced with the...

I have Sonus Faber Grand Piano (replaced with the Venere line).
Forum: Speakers   06-22-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 332
Posted By BillP
You need to go listen to them and buy whichever...

You need to go listen to them and buy whichever sounds best to you. Nobody can tell you which is best for you.
Forum: Speakers   06-21-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,774
Posted By BillP
Also check out Sonus Faber Venere 2.5 ($2500)

Also check out Sonus Faber Venere 2.5 ($2500)
Forum: Blu-ray Players   06-17-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 16,933
Views: 2,044,662
Posted By BillP
mv_cz, first, check out the Panasonic and Sony...

mv_cz, first, check out the Panasonic and Sony players (the most popular here in your price range). Second, DO NOT put the player on top of your receiver. Those slots on top of the receiver are for...
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