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Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-19-2015, 08:19 PM
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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, 03:23 PM
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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, 03:14 PM
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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, 10:32 AM
Replies: 13
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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, 10:35 AM
Replies: 21
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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, 07:11 PM
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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, 04:59 PM
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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, 02:00 PM
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Posted By mcnarus
A Marantz 1403.

A Marantz 1403.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-09-2015, 11:40 AM
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Views: 1,052
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...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-08-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 83
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Posted By mcnarus
So which is it? Do you have it, or are you...

So which is it? Do you have it, or are you planning to get it?

If you don't have it yet, then just don't get it. It's not what you need.

If you just bought it, return it.

If you're stuck...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-08-2015, 03:46 PM
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Posted By mcnarus
They cause ignorant audiophiles to flap their...

They cause ignorant audiophiles to flap their jaws.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-30-2014, 06:33 PM
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Posted By mcnarus
"First pressing" is something of a misnomer....

"First pressing" is something of a misnomer. Usually what it means is that the label on the disk is the one that the record company was using when the record was first released. Companies typically...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-27-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 138
Posted By mcnarus
First rule of thumb: Maximize your speaker...

First rule of thumb: Maximize your speaker budget. That's the component that's going to make the real difference in sound quality.

A basic AVR is one way to go, since it has everything you need in...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-02-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 1,941
Posted By mcnarus
A dubious piece of advice. There is no reason,...

A dubious piece of advice. There is no reason, technical or otherwise, why what you spend on wire should bear any relationship to what you spend on the balance of your system.


Sure, but you've...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-02-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 124
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Posted By mcnarus
Not really. As BW says, copper mixed with...

Not really. As BW says, copper mixed with something else won't have exactly the same electrical characteristics as 100% copper. But you need a fairly substantial difference in electrical performance...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   12-01-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 124
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Posted By mcnarus
Well, you caught me. I didn't read every word of...

Well, you caught me. I didn't read every word of the thread. My apologies for the confusion.

BTW, anyone who has read every word of this thread needs help, IMHO.

Oh no? This seems to be a...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   11-30-2014, 12:30 PM
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Posted By mcnarus
Since bluewizard wants to be taken seriously...

Since bluewizard wants to be taken seriously here, let's have another look at the top of his very first post in this thread:

So we have 15' of 16-gauge copper. And yet he insists these cables are...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   11-29-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 1,941
Posted By mcnarus
There is a difference between what something is...

There is a difference between what something is worth and what some sucker will pay for it.

A good measure of its actual worth would be what it would cost to replace it with something equivalent....
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   11-28-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 1,941
Posted By mcnarus
Here's the problem, BW: You say: but you...

Here's the problem, BW: You say:

but you don't (and I suspect can't) tell us what the electrical parameters of that cable are. Do you even know what "electrical parameters" means?


You're...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   11-28-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 254
Posted By mcnarus
But they certainly have analog line in, which you...

But they certainly have analog line in, which you can use with any tape player.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   11-23-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 200
Posted By mcnarus
Probably not. Once you're in the digital realm,...

Probably not. Once you're in the digital realm, you're unlikely to find better sound that what you already have.


The Marantz is quite sufficient. See above.


If you're thinking about an...
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   11-23-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By mcnarus
Like many specs, this one is a maximum. The DAC...

Like many specs, this one is a maximum. The DAC can handle anything up to 196/24.


No, the receiver is not going to screw anything up. It typically converts any analog signal to digital, does...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   11-22-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 769
Posted By mcnarus
The Sherwood is a good start. $600 certainly...

The Sherwood is a good start. $600 certainly would give you more options. Only you can decide whether it's worth it to you. But even your $400 system will be an improvement on your typical iPod dock.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   11-22-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 199
Posted By mcnarus
No better, no worse.

No better, no worse.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-31-2014, 02:22 PM
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Views: 377
Posted By mcnarus
That it does. :) But I suspect you mistyped...

That it does. :)

But I suspect you mistyped that sentence.

The reason to go digital to the AVR is precisely that it puts only one DAC in the chain--the DAC in the AVR. If you use the DAC in the...
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