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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-24-2017, 10:49 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
The difference will be that having the immersive...

The difference will be that having the immersive audio on the disc means that you'll be hearing the sounds "as the director intended". They'll be coming from the directions that the director wants,...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-24-2017, 10:42 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
In general, monopole speakers tend to sound the...

In general, monopole speakers tend to sound the best if they're pointed toward the opposite end of the seating (aka "equal energy" configuration). The left-most speaker would be pointed toward the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-24-2017, 10:27 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Try selecting WASAPI instead of DirectSound. ...

Try selecting WASAPI instead of DirectSound.

Up at the top of the same Kodi (v16) Setup screen where you select "Passthrough" there's an option where you can select either DirectSound or WASAPI....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-24-2017, 09:58 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
No that's not what it means. It does support...

No that's not what it means. It does support other overhead speaker positions: Front Height, Top Front and Top Middle. In general, Top Middle usually is the best selection when only two overhead...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-24-2017, 09:24 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
The 6011 does provide better audio: 1. The...

The 6011 does provide better audio:
1. The 6011 includes their proprietary HDAM preamp circuits. The 1607 does not. This effect is subtle, though.
2. The 6011 includes Audyssey MultEQ XT32, the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-24-2017, 07:57 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Personally, I'd be torn between c and d. The 7011...

Personally, I'd be torn between c and d. The 7011 needs an external amp to provide 7.1.4, but the 6300 does not, although external amps can be used with both, and both support Heos. You're paying a...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-23-2017, 12:11 PM
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Posted By Selden Ball
You're very welcome.

You're very welcome.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-23-2017, 11:52 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
I'd suggest not bothering with any 2014 AVR...

I'd suggest not bothering with any 2014 AVR models. Most 2014 models which "support" 4K can't process HDCP v2.2 at all (it's required by commercial 4K video). The few which can are limited to a...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-23-2017, 11:12 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Many of this year's higher end D+M (makers of...

Many of this year's higher end D+M (makers of Denon & Marantz) receivers include Heos, their proprietary alternative to Sonos. It supports both their own brand of wireless speakers and very flexible...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-23-2017, 10:56 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Those indeed are the major brands to consider...

Those indeed are the major brands to consider these days. Pioneer's Entertainment division (which makes their receivers) is now run by Onkyo, which is not a favorite here on AVS. Denon and Marantz...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-23-2017, 10:13 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
In general, wired ethernet, or even powerline...

In general, wired ethernet, or even powerline ethernet, is far more reliable than wireless networking.

The symptoms that you describe are consistent with a poor WiFi connection. Presumably the new...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-23-2017, 09:55 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Although you can use either.... WARNING:...

Although you can use either....

WARNING: Unplug everything from wall power before attempting to run a (monaural) pin-jack trigger cable between the units.

D+M (i.e. both Denon and Marantz)...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-23-2017, 07:57 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Sorry: dunno. It's been a long time since I...

Sorry: dunno. It's been a long time since I looked at that.


Where the sounds come from depends a lot on how the movie's audio was mixed in the studio. There's no standard.




There are...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-23-2017, 07:49 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Personally I prefer SweetHome3D. It's free and...

Personally I prefer SweetHome3D. It's free and available for all platforms. Since it's designed to help design rooms and buildings, its controls might be a bit more "obvious" than those of a generic...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-23-2017, 07:40 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
My (perhaps mistaken) understanding is that you...

My (perhaps mistaken) understanding is that you can make appropriate adjustments while viewing a 1080p signal on that input and they'll continue to be in effect when there's a 4K signal.
Forum: Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP   02-23-2017, 07:34 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
One of my acquaintances collects "bad" movies. It...

One of my acquaintances collects "bad" movies. It takes all kinds....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-22-2017, 08:58 AM
Replies: 3,129
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Posted By Selden Ball
Short answer: you can't. Apparently the...

Short answer: you can't.

Apparently the "video conversion" circuitry simply doesn't have the necessary bandwidth.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-22-2017, 08:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 450
Posted By Selden Ball
A complication is that you must send video to the...

A complication is that you must send video to the receiver when using HDMI for audio.

HDMI audio and video share the same wires. HDMI audio is sent during the "vertical blanking interval" between...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-21-2017, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By Selden Ball
Suggestion: Get a boom microphone stand...

Suggestion:

Get a boom microphone stand instead of a tripod. They cost ~$30-$40. That'll make accurate and reproducible microphone placement relatively easy, which can be important when you want...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-21-2017, 11:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 450
Posted By Selden Ball
You'll have to listen carefully and compare the...

You'll have to listen carefully and compare the quality of the two optical outputs. Motherboard opticals have the reputation for being relatively noisy because they often pick up EMI from all the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-21-2017, 10:40 AM
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Posted By Selden Ball
Your symptoms are consistent with noise...

Your symptoms are consistent with noise overpowering the HDMI/HDCP handshakes.

A UPS powering all of your A/V devices might help.

Unless your main power distribution panel has anti-spike...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-21-2017, 09:45 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By Selden Ball
Both HDMI Control and ARC must be turned on in...

Both HDMI Control and ARC must be turned on in the receiver, too. They're off by default.

Some people have found that the incompatibilites between different manufacturers' implementations of CEC...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-21-2017, 08:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 287
Posted By Selden Ball
You're very welcome. Enjoy!

You're very welcome.

Enjoy!
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-21-2017, 07:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 287
Posted By Selden Ball
Correct. A difference of 15 Watts is...

Correct.

A difference of 15 Watts is inaudible. You have to double the Watts to get a 3dB difference in sound level, which is barely noticeable. For a sound to seem twice as loud, you need 10x the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-20-2017, 12:25 PM
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Views: 287
Posted By Selden Ball
Between the Denon AVR X2300W and Pioneer...

Between the Denon AVR X2300W and Pioneer vsx1131, I'd choose the Denon.

Some of my reasons:
+ Audyssey room calibration is better than MCACC
+The Denon setup menus are easier to use: Denon's...
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