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Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   02-27-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By mcnarus
Not, as you say, if the Sony is functioning...

Not, as you say, if the Sony is functioning properly. If you really want to improve your sound, "upgrading" DACs is not the way to do it.
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   02-27-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 74
Posted By mcnarus
No. It really doesn't matter which DAC...

No.


It really doesn't matter which DAC you use. Therefore, it really doesn't matter which connection method you use.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-17-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 394
Posted By mcnarus
No. Also no. The advantage of the...

No.


Also no.

The advantage of the Oppo is that it plays other kinds of media than just CDs, including greater-than-16-bit media. But if you're playing CDs, you get the same 16 bits whatever...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-15-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 394
Posted By mcnarus
Lumpy: Upgrading your amplification and CD...

Lumpy:

Upgrading your amplification and CD player will probably* not result in better sound, no matter how good your hearing is. The major determinants of sound quality are your speakers, the room...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-13-2015, 02:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 448
Posted By mcnarus
I'd guess this was largely the fault of the...

I'd guess this was largely the fault of the vinyl, not the table. Cleaning the vinyl might help. But depending on the caliber of the table/cartridge your dad was using and how fastidious he was,...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-09-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 2,362
Views: 117,724
Posted By mcnarus
It has nothing necessarily to do with a decision....

It has nothing necessarily to do with a decision. It merely confirms something you were predisposed to believe for some reason. Most of us are predisposed to the idea that more expensive items are...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-05-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 335
Views: 5,950
Posted By mcnarus
It's not much good being an "objectivist" if...

It's not much good being an "objectivist" if you're determined to remain willfully ignorant of basic science. There is virtually never "mathematical proof that there are no electrical changes."...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-03-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 405
Posted By mcnarus
Did someone say something?

Did someone say something?
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-03-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 405
Posted By mcnarus
Krabapple is right: The OP belongs on ignore.

Krabapple is right: The OP belongs on ignore.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   01-30-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 524
Views: 8,885
Posted By mcnarus
Of course. Here's experimental evidence....

Of course. Here's experimental evidence. (http://seanolive.blogspot.com/2009/04/dishonesty-of-sighted-audio-product.html)


The problem here is that you are (unknowingly) misusing the scientific...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-19-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 592
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
Replies: 21
Views: 592
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
Replies: 41
Views: 839
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
Views: 270
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
Views: 501
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
Replies: 13
Views: 270
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
Replies: 13
Views: 270
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
Replies: 83
Views: 1,237
Posted By mcnarus
A Marantz 1403.

A Marantz 1403.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-09-2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,237
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
Views: 1,237
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
Replies: 83
Views: 1,237
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
Replies: 7
Views: 147
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: 146
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: 2,020
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
Views: 2,020
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...
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