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Forum: Speakers   09-18-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 71
Posted By commsysman
Speakers need to have the midrange drivers at ear...

Speakers need to have the midrange drivers at ear level; 5 feet is way too high.

If I had that setup, I would want some slim tower speakers on either side of the cabinet.

A 2.1 system might be...
Forum: Speakers   09-18-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 37
Posted By commsysman
The only wireless speakers I know of that sound...

The only wireless speakers I know of that sound decent are the Dynaudio XEO series of speakers.

They are very high quality speakers, but quite expensive.

I think there are going to be other...
Forum: Speakers   09-18-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 94
Posted By commsysman
Yeah...there aren't a lot of really good-sounding...

Yeah...there aren't a lot of really good-sounding tower speakers for less than $1000 per pair, and that includes Polk.

One that is under $1000 and is a standout for its price is the Monitor Audio...
Forum: Speakers   09-18-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Posted By commsysman
IMO the Vandersteen Treo speakers are ones to...

IMO the Vandersteen Treo speakers are ones to get.

I have them and I love them.
Forum: Speakers   09-18-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 59
Posted By commsysman
IMO the best ceiling speakers you can get for...

IMO the best ceiling speakers you can get for your situation are the PSB CW-80R speakers, which are $460 per pair.

I am seeing the CF-70 towers for around $400-500 each. You will need to spend at...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-13-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 250
Posted By commsysman
The fact is that the basic CD format is capable...

The fact is that the basic CD format is capable of virtually perfect sound quality, IF the recording engineer does his job properly AND the playback device has DAC circuits capable of high...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-13-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By commsysman
High Fidelity is far from dead. The Rolling Stone...

High Fidelity is far from dead. The Rolling Stone article is really about POP MUSIC engineers/producers who use poor techniques to record that kind of music, for various reasons. That is really not...
Forum: Speakers   09-11-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 192
Posted By commsysman
Those Silver 6 towers are excellent speakers, and...

Those Silver 6 towers are excellent speakers, and the Marantz will no doubt be a sonic improvement over any Yamaha AVR.

It sounds like you have thought it out well, except that those are dipole...
Forum: Speakers   09-11-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 251
Posted By commsysman
A pair of PSB Imagine XB speakers and the XC...

A pair of PSB Imagine XB speakers and the XC center speaker will run $900.

They will be a HUGE improvement over what you have, and are excellent for that price.

Using 3 identical speakers for...
Forum: Speakers   09-11-2014, 07:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 370
Posted By commsysman
My recommendation would be a pair of PSB Imagine...

My recommendation would be a pair of PSB Imagine X2T speakers with an XC center speaker and a pair of XB speakers.

Total cost is $2200 list price, and IMO they will sound better than your other...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   09-10-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 153
Posted By commsysman
Setup

Forget about doing any "setup" routine. Forget about the microphone.

You don't need it when you only have a 2.0 or 2.1 setup, because there are no other speakers to make relative adjustments to....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   09-10-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 153
Posted By commsysman
Forget about doing any "setup" routine. You...

Forget about doing any "setup" routine.

You don't need it when you only have a 2.0 or 2.1 setup, because there are no other speakers to make relative adjustments to.

Just set the receiver to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   09-10-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 220
Posted By commsysman
Many AVRs do not have a power supply large enough...

Many AVRs do not have a power supply large enough to supply the peak current required by 5 speakers, which causes amplifier distortion (brightness?).

Adding another amplifier could help, but it...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   09-10-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 342
Posted By commsysman
I don't think you would be disappointed with that...

I don't think you would be disappointed with that Marantz, but for $100 more you would get a better receiver IMO in the NAD T758. ($900 vs $1000).


AVRs on a sound quality scale of 1 to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   09-09-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 99
Posted By commsysman
For $249, you can get a Denon AVR-E300 from...

For $249, you can get a Denon AVR-E300 from Amazon.

It has 4 HDMI inputs and an HDMI output with audio return channel.

It also has a direct network input so you can receive Netflix and other...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   09-09-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 342
Posted By commsysman
The power ratings and distortion figures of those...

The power ratings and distortion figures of those receivers are a bad joke; they have no relation to actual sound quality.

The ratings are generated using a resistor for a load, not a speaker. An...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   09-09-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By commsysman
I have no experience with many of those...

I have no experience with many of those amplifiers, but I can tell you that the Musical Fidelity M3i is one of the best-sounding amps that I have heard for under $2000.

The Arcam A28 is another...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   09-09-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By commsysman
It WOULD be hard to tell one amp from another...

It WOULD be hard to tell one amp from another using those Bose speakers; one must admit that!

Imagine hundreds of skilled experienced audio engineers working for decades, and not a single...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-09-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 572
Posted By commsysman
If that was my budget, I would get a pair of the...

If that was my budget, I would get a pair of the PSB IMAGINE X2T speakers, for $1250, and a Music Hall 15.3 Integrated amplifier, for $550.

That combination will be very very good; much better,...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-09-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 180
Posted By commsysman
The high sensitivity of those speakers would...

The high sensitivity of those speakers would indicate that any amplifier rated for 40 Watts per channel or higher is all you need.
Forum: Speakers   09-09-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 96
Posted By commsysman
That s the wrong type of amplifier for those...

That s the wrong type of amplifier for those speakers.

They require a 70 volt PA amplifier, like for example the Pyle PT 720A.

How many speakers are going to be connected?

In a 70 volt...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   08-24-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 686
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: 250
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: 182
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: 11
Views: 498
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%...
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