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Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   03-30-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 686
Posted By mcnarus
No, that's not what I was trying to say. Stealing...

No, that's not what I was trying to say. Stealing music is wrong, because stealing is wrong. It doesn't matter how much or how little money it takes out of artists' pockets.

But while it's bad, it...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   03-25-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 83
Posted By mcnarus
You should be able to. Your turntable has a...

You should be able to. Your turntable has a built-in phono preamp. If you engage that, you can feed directly into the amps in your Mackies.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   03-23-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 686
Posted By mcnarus
I don't want to defend theft, but it's not quite...

I don't want to defend theft, but it's not quite as bad as that. Most artists have never made much money on recordings. For them, the real money, such as it is, is in performing.

And let's not...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   03-20-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 686
Posted By mcnarus
For comparison, share of industry revenues: ...

For comparison, share of industry revenues:

Downloads: 37%
Physical: 32%
Streaming: 27%

Physical is about 90% CD, 10% LP by revenue. By units, it's closer to 95% CD.

Overall industry...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   03-02-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 514
Views: 7,758
Posted By mcnarus
Yes, I can answer your question.

Yes, I can answer your question.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   03-02-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 514
Views: 7,758
Posted By mcnarus
Oh, quit trolling. It's all been explained here...

Oh, quit trolling. It's all been explained here many times. If you don't know by now, the only reasonable conclusion is that you don't want to know.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   02-27-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 514
Views: 7,758
Posted By mcnarus
Not, as you say, if the Sony is functioning...

Not, as you say, if the Sony is functioning properly. If you really want to improve your sound, "upgrading" DACs is not the way to do it.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   02-27-2015, 10:59 AM
Replies: 514
Views: 7,758
Posted By mcnarus
No. It really doesn't matter which DAC...

No.


It really doesn't matter which DAC you use. Therefore, it really doesn't matter which connection method you use.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-17-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 436
Posted By mcnarus
No. Also no. The advantage of the...

No.


Also no.

The advantage of the Oppo is that it plays other kinds of media than just CDs, including greater-than-16-bit media. But if you're playing CDs, you get the same 16 bits whatever...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-15-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 436
Posted By mcnarus
Lumpy: Upgrading your amplification and CD...

Lumpy:

Upgrading your amplification and CD player will probably* not result in better sound, no matter how good your hearing is. The major determinants of sound quality are your speakers, the room...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-13-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 602
Posted By mcnarus
I'd guess this was largely the fault of the...

I'd guess this was largely the fault of the vinyl, not the table. Cleaning the vinyl might help. But depending on the caliber of the table/cartridge your dad was using and how fastidious he was,...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-09-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 2,362
Views: 121,971
Posted By mcnarus
It has nothing necessarily to do with a decision....

It has nothing necessarily to do with a decision. It merely confirms something you were predisposed to believe for some reason. Most of us are predisposed to the idea that more expensive items are...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-05-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 335
Views: 7,315
Posted By mcnarus
It's not much good being an "objectivist" if...

It's not much good being an "objectivist" if you're determined to remain willfully ignorant of basic science. There is virtually never "mathematical proof that there are no electrical changes."...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-03-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 482
Posted By mcnarus
Did someone say something?

Did someone say something?
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-03-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 482
Posted By mcnarus
Krabapple is right: The OP belongs on ignore.

Krabapple is right: The OP belongs on ignore.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   01-30-2015, 06:25 PM
Replies: 524
Views: 10,369
Posted By mcnarus
Of course. Here's experimental evidence....

Of course. Here's experimental evidence. (http://seanolive.blogspot.com/2009/04/dishonesty-of-sighted-audio-product.html)


The problem here is that you are (unknowingly) misusing the scientific...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-19-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 761
Posted By mcnarus
That's not quite what I'm trying to say. About...

That's not quite what I'm trying to say. About some of your options, I'm asking you (by challenging you a bit) whether you really want "to get involved in this." I'm trying to get you to think about...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-19-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 761
Posted By mcnarus
Probably, but almost everybody does. If you're...

Probably, but almost everybody does. If you're happy with your speakers, it's OK to splurge a bit on an amp.

My general advice on vinyl is, if you don't already have a record collection, you...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-19-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,643
Posted By mcnarus
Turntables can cost $250 or $25,000. You really...

Turntables can cost $250 or $25,000. You really need to narrow down how much you want to spend before people can give you good advice.

Also, turntables generally come with their own interconnects,...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   01-15-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 413
Posted By mcnarus
If you're going to cut costs anywhere, the...

If you're going to cut costs anywhere, the receiver is the place to do it. With the Cambridge in particular, you are paying a premium for the audiophile label.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-13-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,002
Posted By mcnarus
In general, the things that make a difference as...

In general, the things that make a difference as far as sound quality is concerned are your speakers and the room you put them in. So your instinct about amps is correct, but also applies to DACs and...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   01-09-2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 413
Posted By mcnarus
No. Or at least you shouldn't. You'd be...

No. Or at least you shouldn't. You'd be duplicating amps (and preamps).


No. There is no way to bypass anything in active speakers.

If you're thinking about future expandability, you're...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   01-09-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 413
Posted By mcnarus
Good choice on the turntable. I can't advise...

Good choice on the turntable.

I can't advise you on what's available in your country. Here in the States you can get a starter stereo receiver for a bit over $100. Used is fine--everything has RCA...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-09-2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,448
Posted By mcnarus
A Marantz 1403.

A Marantz 1403.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-09-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,448
Posted By mcnarus
No one is "against an amp." What we're saying is...

No one is "against an amp." What we're saying is that you don't need it. And, in the context of your original question, its existence seemed to be getting in the way of your understanding what you...
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