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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-17-2015, 10:46 AM
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Posted By MichaelJHuman
Some amps turn off fans when not needed, like the...

Some amps turn off fans when not needed, like the Crown XLS. I have never heard my Crown XLS fans, so I don't think they turn on for normal use
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-10-2015, 01:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 459
Posted By MichaelJHuman
If you never expect dramatic improvements when...

If you never expect dramatic improvements when switching receivers, you will never be disappointed. I am not sure why so many people fill up reviews with glowing adjectives when making a simple...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-09-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By MichaelJHuman
I have always liked the price/performance on the...

I have always liked the price/performance on the 600 series. Value is in the eye of the beholder. Does it handle 4k? I think not, but not sure

If 4k is not an issue, than it might come down to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-09-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By MichaelJHuman
It's a pain to EQ a home theater receiver,...

It's a pain to EQ a home theater receiver, because they lack preout/main-in loops. It would be better to use a receiver with adjustable EQ, like Yamaha's YPAO. Or just use the treble control, if a...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   02-09-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 571
Posted By MichaelJHuman
I use the smallest wires I can per the charts. ...

I use the smallest wires I can per the charts. They are easier to run that way

For surround speakers, I under gauged it because, I simply did not care that much and wanted to make my life easier....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-17-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 79
Posted By MichaelJHuman
At the same time I am wondering if I really need...

At the same time I am wondering if I really need the NAD C275BEE power amplifier (2 x 150W Continuous Power into 4 ohms and 8 ohms) for the front (Cerwin Vega DC-12).
Would I get the same power...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-12-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 87
Posted By MichaelJHuman
IMO, it would be related to the output...

IMO, it would be related to the output transformer, not the tubes if there was any issue ( ignorning power supply for a moment.) I found at least one post over at DIY audio where a person had to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-06-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 178
Posted By MichaelJHuman
It's more like the opposite, IMO. You can pay...

It's more like the opposite, IMO. You can pay more for less with a tube amp. To be specific more money for less power. It's the tube amp which needs to prove it's adding more...somehow

In some...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-04-2015, 08:26 PM
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Posted By MichaelJHuman
I think 115 dB peaks may make sense in an...

I think 115 dB peaks may make sense in an orchestra hall, but in an untreated home listening space may not work. Also your speakers have to be up to the task without compressing.

I find -10 dB...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-31-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 390
Posted By MichaelJHuman
Most receivers use the same general amp design...

Most receivers use the same general amp design that's been in use a very long time. IMO, the main difference is the power supply, but as someone else mentioned, you need twice the power for a 3 dB...
Forum: Speakers   12-30-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 696
Posted By MichaelJHuman
I drove B&W 600 series speakers with a Yamaha...

I drove B&W 600 series speakers with a Yamaha RX-V375, with zero issues. Speakers comparable to what that person has. Receiver being an ultra budget type

I would guess the problem is a defective...
Forum: Speakers   12-30-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 617
Posted By MichaelJHuman
Most subs I have owned had a lot of gain, and the...

Most subs I have owned had a lot of gain, and the sub level in the receiver was therefore often towards the low end of the range.

Also note that subs not only have to handle LFE, which can be 10...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-30-2014, 01:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,200
Posted By MichaelJHuman
Looking at those photos, I will take an Outlaw. ...

Looking at those photos, I will take an Outlaw. Much cleaner looking inside :)
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-30-2014, 01:21 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,200
Posted By MichaelJHuman
Here's a photo of a sunfire amp. As expected, a...

Here's a photo of a sunfire amp. As expected, a huge transformer

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_6_3/sunfire-cinema-grand-signature.html
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-30-2014, 01:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,200
Posted By MichaelJHuman
No transformer? That seems impossible to me. ...

No transformer? That seems impossible to me. You have to feed the filter caps to get smooth DC voltage no matter what the design.

A tracking downconverter sounds just like class G or H, I can't...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-30-2014, 01:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,200
Posted By MichaelJHuman
A lot of pro amps have amp ratings that can't be...

A lot of pro amps have amp ratings that can't be sustained. I thought the old FTC rules called for 5 minutes. I don't think it's done that way anymore.

An interesting question, which I can't...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-29-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 284
Posted By MichaelJHuman
IMO, it's more simple than some people imply, at...

IMO, it's more simple than some people imply, at least for me

I can playback movies at any level I use -10 dB below reference (or quieter) and use any receiver. If it sounds a bit stressed,...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-25-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 170
Posted By MichaelJHuman
Your speakers may be better than most, but I have...

Your speakers may be better than most, but I have yet to own a speaker that was not improved by crossing over the bass to the subwoofer
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-25-2014, 04:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 142
Posted By MichaelJHuman
I have used AVR setups for synths and I liked the...

I have used AVR setups for synths and I liked the sound, but I have this suspicion it's a little easier to get a good mix with powered monitors in a near field setup.

I wonder if in the long run,...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-24-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By MichaelJHuman
I really like my Denon X4000. Biggest thing I...

I really like my Denon X4000. Biggest thing I noticed compared to my old Yamaha Z7 was a a better ability to control dynamics such that audio is more clear without the volume getting to loud. I can...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-24-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 219
Posted By MichaelJHuman
You could try bumping the center channel a dB or...

You could try bumping the center channel a dB or 2. Sometimes the dialog vs other sounds is too quiet for me with my hearing being that of a 49 year old ( who went to a lot of rock concerts :)
...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-23-2014, 01:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 96
Posted By MichaelJHuman
Normally you would have to add amps to augment...

Normally you would have to add amps to augment the receiver. What receiver are you using with that many pre outs?

I would download the receiver/processor manual, and carefully read it to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 131
Posted By MichaelJHuman
Placement can be a problem. Bookshelf speakers...

Placement can be a problem. Bookshelf speakers should really be placed on stands not next to walls, say a meter away, but many people's rooms require compromises.

Very small bookshelf speakers...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 615
Posted By MichaelJHuman
Living in an apartment, I just use two subs and...

Living in an apartment, I just use two subs and Audyssey as a compromise

For doing music work, I live with powered monitors close to my synthesizers. Mix seems ok*, but one can always use...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,417
Posted By MichaelJHuman
Here is my experience. First off, I never...

Here is my experience.

First off, I never run my speakers full range. I ignore YPAO and Audyssey. I have yet to hear a speaker that was not improved by using the subwoofer for bass. The low...
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