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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-22-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 158
Posted By commsysman
The Monoprice Premium Cables are very good and...

The Monoprice Premium Cables are very good and have gold-plated connectors.

Monoprice #2864 (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2864) is a pair of 6-foot cables...
Forum: Speakers   07-22-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 112
Posted By commsysman
I have the Audioengine 2 speakers, which run...

I have the Audioengine 2 speakers, which run $249.

They are excellent, and come in white or black or red. You can order direct from their website.

I also have an inexpensive Sony subwoofer...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   07-22-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 223
Posted By commsysman
Speakers

I suggest that you look at the Monitor Audio line of speakers. They are sensitive enough to be used with almost any amplifier, and have good bass.

The Silver Series 2 is an excellent speaker, and...
Forum: Speakers   07-05-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 69
Posted By commsysman
I suggest that you get the center channel, and...

I suggest that you get the center channel, and then add a Marantz MM7025 amplifier for the front 2 channels. Despite the overstated claims for the receiver amps, the 7025 is more powerful and has a...
Forum: Speakers   07-05-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 298
Posted By commsysman
IMO (and that of most reviewers), Klipsch...

IMO (and that of most reviewers), Klipsch speakers are the worst-sounding you can buy (unless you go to the classics like the Klipschorn and Heresy etc.).

PSB, KEF, Monitor Audio, and Gallo all...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   07-05-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 272
Posted By commsysman
Tubes

I personally use an Audio Research LS-26 preamp with a Musical Fidelity M6PRX solid-state amplifier. I use only 6H30 preamp tubes tested and selected by Audio Research to meet their high standards.
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Forum: 2-Channel Audio   07-05-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 84
Posted By commsysman
Since you already seem to know everything there...

Since you already seem to know everything there is to know on the subject, one wonders why you asked a question that indicated otherwise.

Your mature and friendly presence will certainly be sorely...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-20-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 213
Posted By commsysman
If you check, I think you will find that EACH...

If you check, I think you will find that EACH channel is rated for 140W, but that the receiver IS NOT capable of putting out 140W to all 7 channels at once.

Most receivers with similar ratings...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   06-20-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 84
Posted By commsysman
You will install it with the unit turned off, so...

You will install it with the unit turned off, so there will be no voltage on anything.

Use a small (40watt) soldering iron, and be careful to avoid overheating anything. Use as little heat as...
Forum: Speakers   06-18-2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 78
Posted By commsysman
I am not so sure about the quality of that...

I am not so sure about the quality of that subwoofer setup.

One sub that performs fairly well and won't break the bank is the Polk Audio PSW505, which Amazon is selling for under $300.

Klipsch...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-18-2015, 06:53 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 2,320
Posted By commsysman
The worst possible way to choose a receiver is by...

The worst possible way to choose a receiver is by the power ratings.

The ratings are obtained by putting a 1 Khz sine wave through the amplifier with an 8 ohm resistor for a load.

This tells...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   06-18-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 160
Posted By commsysman
The Marantz AVR is not your problem. Those...

The Marantz AVR is not your problem.

Those Klipsch speakers are well-known to sound harsh and unpleasant. Even the kindest of reviewers struggle to say anything good about them.

If you were a...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   06-18-2015, 06:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 176
Posted By commsysman
Amp

It seems unlikely that there is any problem, since there was no signal.

One thing that can make an amp run very hot is a poor ground on an interconnect cable.

This can cause an ultrasonic...
Forum: Speakers   06-18-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 78
Posted By commsysman
The Infinity PC251 is what you should get for...

The Infinity PC251 is what you should get for your center channel. It is only $150 from Amazon.

There are lots of subwoofers on the market, but for a true subwoofer you need at least a 12-inch...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   05-09-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 359
Posted By commsysman
Get a roll of 14 gauge speaker wire from...

Get a roll of 14 gauge speaker wire from Monoprice. Monoprice #2748 (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2748) is 50 feet of pure copper speaker wire for only $13.
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Forum: 2-Channel Audio   05-09-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 229
Posted By commsysman
That Graceland album has some very nice cuts. ...

That Graceland album has some very nice cuts.

One of my favorites is "Look at Granny Run Run" by Ry Cooder. The funny thing about this song is that it is from the 1950s but they are talking about...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   05-09-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 152
Posted By commsysman
Replacement

Go to turntableneedles.com and look for "zenith cartridge". You need the model number of the console and turntable.

I suggest that you get a complete cartridge, because at that age the cartridge...
Forum: Speakers   04-26-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 414
Posted By commsysman
I would recommend that you get a Polk PSW505...

I would recommend that you get a Polk PSW505 subwoofer. It will be far better and can usually be had for around $200-250 or so.

Strongly recommend staying away from anything made by Bose; low...
Forum: Speakers   04-26-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By commsysman
Scrap it all and start from scratch. A...

Scrap it all and start from scratch.

A relatively inexpensive 2-channel system will probably meet their needs well and sound 500% better.
Forum: Speakers   04-26-2015, 10:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 105
Posted By commsysman
It will have no problem powering 95% of the...

It will have no problem powering 95% of the speakers on the market, and will have no problem with those speakers.

For that money, however I feel that the Monitor Audio Silver Series 8 speakers are...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   04-14-2015, 09:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 494
Posted By commsysman
But for my money, at $7500 the 804 does not come...

But for my money, at $7500 the 804 does not come close to the Vandersteen Treos.

I listened to both and bought the Vandersteens; sound to die for!
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   04-14-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 237
Posted By commsysman
Upscale Audio offers new high-quality low-noise...

Upscale Audio offers new high-quality low-noise russian-made Mullard branded 12AX7s for only $24.95 each and will match pairs at no charge.

They also have 10 or so other 12AX7 choices available.
...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-29-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 167
Posted By commsysman
"JAN" stands for "JOINT ARMY/NAVY' and is not a...

"JAN" stands for "JOINT ARMY/NAVY' and is not a brand; it just means it is certified to meet a U. S. military specification. It can appear on any brand of tube
and really means very little in...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-24-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 140
Posted By commsysman
There is no reason that you can't do that. ...

There is no reason that you can't do that.

Unless you already have a lot of the gear and this is a real cheap way for you to go, I suspect that you would get better sound by just buying a a...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-24-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 229
Posted By commsysman
[QUOTE=UnNamedPerson;32874473]I currently have a...

[QUOTE=UnNamedPerson;32874473]I currently have a SMSL SA-98E powering 2 Definitive Technology Studio Monitor 55s connected to my desktop with a Sound Blaster ZxR sound card. The setup sounds great...
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