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Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-22-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By mcnarus
This too is just anecdotal, but whenever I would...

This too is just anecdotal, but whenever I would bring a piece of NAD gear in to my local repair shop, the guy would just roll his eyes. I gather that NAD would just contract with whatever Asian...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   10-20-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 7,143
Posted By mcnarus
Which answer do you want? You'll get both. But...

Which answer do you want? You'll get both. But here's (http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Psychology-Hearing-Sixth/dp/9004252428/ref=la_B001H6UFLA_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413818632&sr=1-1) a rather...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-19-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 732
Views: 23,108
Posted By mcnarus
Seems to me the implication of this is that audio...

Seems to me the implication of this is that audio systems should not be evaluated by ear.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-19-2014, 07:45 AM
Replies: 732
Views: 23,108
Posted By mcnarus
True. But if you weren't the one to make...

True.


But if you weren't the one to make the recording, how do you know what it is supposed to sound like? And if you don't know that, how can you use it as a reference?

The more I think...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   10-16-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By mcnarus
The short answer is neither.

The short answer is neither.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-16-2014, 07:40 AM
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Views: 23,108
Posted By mcnarus
I think you overestimate their impact. If you...

I think you overestimate their impact. If you look at the kinds of posts they put up, it should be obvious that they are functionally incapable of answering a question directly. Anyone with an open...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-16-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 732
Views: 23,108
Posted By mcnarus
Please, don't. That would be pure trolling, and...

Please, don't. That would be pure trolling, and it wouldn't work. The fact is that the question of what is audible is relevant to just about every audio question you could ask, so there's no way to...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-15-2014, 11:47 AM
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Views: 23,108
Posted By mcnarus
'When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather...

'When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-15-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 732
Views: 23,108
Posted By mcnarus
I don't think I've ever actually seen anyone here...

I don't think I've ever actually seen anyone here admit to being a snake oil salesman.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-15-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 315
Views: 6,742
Posted By mcnarus
He's in a 12x12 room. How far can he sit from...

He's in a 12x12 room. How far can he sit from them?
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-15-2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 486
Posted By mcnarus
Specsmanship is a marketing game. Don't play. ...

Specsmanship is a marketing game. Don't play.

Sure, NAD might use higher-quality components, for whatever that's worth. Or they might not. Would you know? And do you have 2-ohm speakers?

The...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-15-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 315
Views: 6,742
Posted By mcnarus
"A lot of people" are morons. Look at the spec...

"A lot of people" are morons. Look at the spec sheet. What's the minimum recommended amplifier power? What's the nominal impedance? What's the sensitivity? I seriously doubt Definitive makes a...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-14-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 486
Posted By mcnarus
Because price has nothing to do with quality.

Because price has nothing to do with quality.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   10-12-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 228
Posted By mcnarus
One of the biggest influences on bass (possibly...

One of the biggest influences on bass (possibly the biggest) is your room. Having 2 subs helps deal with that. Beyond that, you need to look at treating the room.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   10-12-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 228
Posted By mcnarus
All questions should be this easy: Subwoofer.

All questions should be this easy: Subwoofer.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-10-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 732
Views: 23,108
Posted By mcnarus
Assume that's true. What does it say about these...

Assume that's true. What does it say about these companies? They're building speakers, but they don't know enough about acoustics to treat a room properly? Why in the world would you buy a speaker...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-10-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Posted By mcnarus
Vinyl is also cool right now. And it's not...

Vinyl is also cool right now. And it's not expensive if there's a used record store around (which there often is in a college town). But dorm rooms can be tight.Sounds like it's time for a...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-10-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 295
Posted By mcnarus
In that case, the mini-X makes sense. You could...

In that case, the mini-X makes sense. You could save a little money on the phono stage by going to www.phonopreamps.com. The bookshelf speakers I'd recommend are the Infinity P163s.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-10-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 295
Posted By mcnarus
The most important component is speakers. Don't...

The most important component is speakers. Don't cheap out on them.

I personally think Emotiva is overpriced for what you get. I would go with something like an Onkyo TX-8020 stereo receiver and a...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-09-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 732
Views: 23,108
Posted By mcnarus
With all due respect, the people who willingly...

With all due respect, the people who willingly interact with Amir are not victims. They are enablers.

I understand the instinct to respond to an attack. But by responding, you are merely extending...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-09-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 732
Views: 23,108
Posted By mcnarus
Here's a better idea, Mark: Why don't you move...

Here's a better idea, Mark: Why don't you move on? Everyone knows that Amir is here solely to kick sand in people's faces. Everyone who responds to him is giving him a further platform. In doing so,...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-09-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Posted By mcnarus
Yes, it's doable, barely, if you don't mind...

Yes, it's doable, barely, if you don't mind buying your daughter a used/refurbed turntable. Kabusa.com offers refurbed Technics SL20BD tables for $169. I wouldn't normally recommend used components,...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   10-08-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 732
Views: 23,108
Posted By mcnarus
I dunno. The last hard science course I took was...

I dunno. The last hard science course I took was high school chemistry (God bless fuzzy college distribution requirements!), and I know bull—— when I see it. The key, as with everything technical...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-06-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 315
Views: 6,742
Posted By mcnarus
Two points in response: 1. What the research...

Two points in response:

1. What the research shows is that any amp that can achieve the volume you want without audibly clipping will sound the same as any other amp that can achieve the volume...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   10-06-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 315
Views: 6,742
Posted By mcnarus
How is that "going astray"? If you can't hear a...

How is that "going astray"? If you can't hear a difference when you switch to a more powerful amp, that tells you something very important about your power needs, does it not?


But that's...
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