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Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-24-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By commsysman
By today's standards, very mediocre. The...

By today's standards, very mediocre.

The Marantz CD5004, which sells for $350, has a much better DAC chipset and is quite good; especially for its price.

The OPPO BDP-105 is the...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-24-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 162
Posted By commsysman
The ARC function sends the TV audio back to the...

The ARC function sends the TV audio back to the receiver on the same HDMI cable that normally sends audio TO the TV.

You cannot use the optical out. It is not involved in the ARC function at all....
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-24-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By commsysman
The heavy wires are probably the speaker wires....

The heavy wires are probably the speaker wires. Try two of them at a time until you find the ones that are connected to the speakers.

To verify this use a 1.5 volt C or D cell, NOT a 9 volt...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-24-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Posted By commsysman
Sorry to tell you this, but your speakers are a...

Sorry to tell you this, but your speakers are a long long way from being "high-resolution".

For about the same money you could have bought a pair of KEF Q900 speakers, which would be about 300%...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-24-2014, 05:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 229
Posted By commsysman
The NAD T758 receiver is what you want to get....

The NAD T758 receiver is what you want to get. Its sound quality will be a HUGE improvement over the wimpy Yamaha.

It sells for $999.

It will drive the vast majority of speakers MUCH better...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-24-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 425
Posted By commsysman
You would get much better sound quality from the...

You would get much better sound quality from the Music Hall 15.3 integrated amplifier, which retails for $550.

If you want to get a tube amplifier, I suggest the Jolida 801 amplifier, which Music...
Forum: Speakers   08-22-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 186
Posted By commsysman
One thing to keep in mind is their very low...

One thing to keep in mind is their very low sensitivity; 85 db/watt.

That may not work very well with a lot of receivers.

I suggest that you look at the Audioengine P4 speakers. They have much...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-16-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 83
Posted By commsysman
I would get a Cambridge 651 power amplifier, for...

I would get a Cambridge 651 power amplifier, for $1000, and connect it to the M51.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-16-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Posted By commsysman
If you really want sound to die for, connect a...

If you really want sound to die for, connect a Musical Fidelity M6PRX to them.

I was using a Bryston 3BSST amp with my Vandersteen Treos, and when I went to the M6PRX the improvement made my jaw...
Forum: Speakers   08-16-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 291
Posted By commsysman
I recommend the Cambridge Audio SX-60 speakers,...

I recommend the Cambridge Audio SX-60 speakers, which cost $349 per pair. They should be a good step up.

You can get them in a nice dark walnut finish, or black, and they have a comprehensive...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-16-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 380
Posted By commsysman
IMO the Rotel is a much better unit; better...

IMO the Rotel is a much better unit; better designed and has more capability to drive a wide range of speakers well.

Marantz is not bad, but the Rotel is very good.

The Rotel will probably give...
Forum: Speakers   08-14-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 146
Posted By commsysman
PSB makes some excellent ceiling speakers. ...

PSB makes some excellent ceiling speakers.

The CW-28 are two-way speakers with adjustable controls for levels, and will IMO sound much better than the others.

They have 8" woofers.

They go...
Forum: Speakers   08-14-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 180
Posted By commsysman
Given that physical layout, I think NO center...

Given that physical layout, I think NO center speaker is the best option.
Forum: Speakers   08-14-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,765
Posted By commsysman
I suggest the Cambridge Audio SX-50 speakers, for...

I suggest the Cambridge Audio SX-50 speakers, for $249 at Crutchfield, Amazon etc.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-08-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,500
Posted By commsysman
ALL cheap receivers have to have poor sound...

ALL cheap receivers have to have poor sound quality and very limited ability to drive most real speakers without excessive distortion.

At that kind of low price level, there is just not enough...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-08-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 130
Posted By commsysman
Musical means lower distortion to me, which...

Musical means lower distortion to me, which simply gives you better sound quality.

Speakers are much harder to drive than load resistors, which is all they use to generate the endless nonsense...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-08-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By commsysman
To me, the sound of almost any Onkyo, Pioneer,...

To me, the sound of almost any Onkyo, Pioneer, Anthem, or Yamaha sounds thin and has no punch or realism; very sterile and unrealistic.

Receivers from Cambridge Audio and NAD are designed with...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-08-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 263
Posted By commsysman
If you will simply shut off the processing...

If you will simply shut off the processing software completely and run all your speakers in a direct full-range mode, that should be a big improvement.

In my experience the software often causes...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-08-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By commsysman
You mentioned sound quality. IMO the sound...

You mentioned sound quality.

IMO the sound quality of both units is 3rd-rate.

I would suggest that you get a NAD T748, which will sound much better with most speakers. $599.
Forum: Speakers   08-08-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 251
Posted By commsysman
Canada? PSB is a Canadian company that makes...

Canada? PSB is a Canadian company that makes excellent speakers, and provides good support if you ever need it.

PSB Image B6 front speakers, Image C4 center speaker, and The PSB CW-50R ceiling...
Forum: Speakers   08-08-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 131
Posted By commsysman
If internet radio is what you want, I recommend...

If internet radio is what you want, I recommend the GraceDigital Solo, which is an internet radio tuner that will give you 10K+ radio stations worldwide from either a hard internet connection or...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-06-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 329
Posted By commsysman
The 1240 is available from Needle Doctor for...

The 1240 is available from Needle Doctor for $529.

The reason they market it as a "DJ" turntable is that the tapered edge of the turntable lends itself to the manual movement of the platter for...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-06-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 477
Posted By commsysman
When your OPINION becomes PROOF of something, we...

When your OPINION becomes PROOF of something, we will all seek you out for the absolute truth.

Until then, we will simply find your comments mildly amusing and nothing more.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-06-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,302
Posted By commsysman
It should be obvious to anyone but someone who is...

It should be obvious to anyone but someone who is being intentionally obtuse that current prices are under discussion, and I base that number on the products I see on the market and my opinion of...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-06-2014, 05:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,302
Posted By commsysman
What you ask for and what I choose to give are...

What you ask for and what I choose to give are two different things. You seem to have a problem understanding that. I don't work for you.

I stated an opinion, and I stand by it because it IS my...
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