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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-25-2014, 10:59 AM
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Posted By fokakis1
Does your setup involve an incoming coax for...

Does your setup involve an incoming coax for cable/satellite?
Forum: Speakers   12-25-2014, 10:55 AM
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Posted By fokakis1
The only challenge I see with the shelf is that...

The only challenge I see with the shelf is that you would be limited on how much you could tilt the speakers downward. Dolby recommends the following for heights (in summary):

-They are monopole...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 08:28 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
If you're using a power conditioner and two or...

If you're using a power conditioner and two or more of your 3-prong bearing components are plugged in to it you could pick up a ground loop hum/buzz. The good news is that this can be fairly easy to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 08:18 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
Correct. Since the other options involve FW,...

Correct. Since the other options involve FW, and you don't have FW (correct?), you're stuck using modes that work with FH/SB. You need not do anything else to get it right. Enjoy.
Forum: Community News & Polls   12-18-2014, 10:14 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
I have a 9.1 setup with surround back and front...

I have a 9.1 setup with surround back and front height speakers. Dolby PLIIz has done an amazing job of mixing in the heights with the rest of the soundtrack. It never draws unnecessary attention...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-17-2014, 09:18 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
Nothing is wrong. The 818 allows you to connect...

Nothing is wrong. The 818 allows you to connect more speakers than it can process at one time. For instance, if you had 11 speakers connected and set to large/small (IOW not set to "none") this...
Forum: DIY Speakers and Subs   12-16-2014, 10:07 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
Your crown amps are pro gear and operate on a...

Your crown amps are pro gear and operate on a different gain structure than your plate amps. It takes a higher voltage signal to drive most pro amps to clipping. Most preamps/receivers put out a...
Forum: Audio Gear   12-14-2014, 09:54 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
I purchased two amps from fxe2 last week. They...

I purchased two amps from fxe2 last week. They were every bit as good as he described. He takes immaculate care of his gear.
Forum: Speakers   12-14-2014, 08:57 AM
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Posted By fokakis1
I use 686s. Crossed at 80hz they work...

I use 686s. Crossed at 80hz they work brilliantly. They hang easily with one drywall screw. Since they are front ported they perform well against the wall. I have them 2 feet above my listening...
Forum: Speakers   12-13-2014, 09:15 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
I was skeptical, but ended up realizing improved...

I was skeptical, but ended up realizing improved imaging. Nothing drastic, but an improvement nonetheless.
Forum: Speakers   12-12-2014, 10:00 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
Yes. It is important to have the speaker...

Yes. It is important to have the speaker properly coupled and steadied. Make sure your speakers are plum and level after installing the spikes. Test by trying to warble the speaker. Tweak your...
Forum: Community News & Polls   12-07-2014, 02:34 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
...What he said. I'm a bit obsessive about all...

...What he said. I'm a bit obsessive about all of the above, but 2 channel performance gets the final say-so.
Forum: Speakers   12-06-2014, 08:32 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
I say yes to the rug. It matters:)

I say yes to the rug. It matters:)
Forum: Audio Gear   12-05-2014, 09:55 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
PM sent.

PM sent.
Forum: Speakers   11-25-2014, 07:52 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
We added some CM6s to the showroom. I spent a...

We added some CM6s to the showroom. I spent a few minutes with them this morning and liked their tonal presentation. I need to tinker with the setup a bit to bring out a better soundstage. They...
Forum: Speakers   11-22-2014, 11:08 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
Maybe not. These speakers are designed with...

Maybe not. These speakers are designed with certain horizontal and vertical dispersion characteristics. Baffle step, edge diffraction, phase, etc. are all affected when speakers are set up...
Forum: Speakers   11-21-2014, 10:05 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
I wish I could find the link, but I remember...

I wish I could find the link, but I remember seeing a bench test of the XPA-3 running around 225 watts in to 8 ohms when only 2 of the 3 channels were driven.
Forum: Community News & Polls   11-21-2014, 09:39 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
These business models look familiar - HBO vs....

These business models look familiar - HBO vs. Blockbuster.
Forum: Speakers   11-15-2014, 08:10 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
I think I have a better mental picture of your...

I think I have a better mental picture of your setup now. If you are 6-7 feet from either the front wall OR the rear wall then you are at a good starting point. I also remember you saying that you...
Forum: Speakers   11-15-2014, 10:55 AM
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Posted By fokakis1
Your room presents some challenges. For one,...

Your room presents some challenges. For one, it's square. One sub in this room is going to have some peaks/dips in response. Your 9 ft. MLP option will sit almost 50% back in the room. This is...
Forum: Speakers   11-11-2014, 08:57 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
[/QUOTE] If you're concerned about the acoustic...

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If you're concerned about the acoustic effect of cutting and framing out then follow your dealer's advice. It would take 2 minutes to pop a few holes with a 2" hole saw. It sounds like a...
Forum: Speakers   11-03-2014, 09:28 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
Congratulations. The CM10 are excellent...

Congratulations. The CM10 are excellent speakers. My first encounter with them was immediately after auditioning the Wilson Sasha 2 ($28K). Although the Wilsons had much better bass, I preferred...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-01-2014, 11:56 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
URC products are excellent. Very durable and...

URC products are excellent. Very durable and discrete codes give them the advantage. However, programming is not as straight forward.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-23-2014, 09:15 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
Receivers power supplies are shared by all...

Receivers power supplies are shared by all channels. For this reason receivers typically push more power per channel when fewer speakers are connected. Since your surround back speakers are the...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   10-01-2014, 08:47 PM
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Posted By fokakis1
Having owned both I can safely say that crosstalk...

Having owned both I can safely say that crosstalk is much improved on the 3020. It was noticeable on the 3010 to the point that it distracted from the movie experience.


I watch a LOT of 3D...
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