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Forum: Speakers   04-26-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 281
Posted By commsysman
I would recommend that you get a Polk PSW505...

I would recommend that you get a Polk PSW505 subwoofer. It will be far better and can usually be had for around $200-250 or so.

Strongly recommend staying away from anything made by Bose; low...
Forum: Speakers   04-26-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 94
Posted By commsysman
Scrap it all and start from scratch. A...

Scrap it all and start from scratch.

A relatively inexpensive 2-channel system will probably meet their needs well and sound 500% better.
Forum: Speakers   04-26-2015, 10:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 48
Posted By commsysman
It will have no problem powering 95% of the...

It will have no problem powering 95% of the speakers on the market, and will have no problem with those speakers.

For that money, however I feel that the Monitor Audio Silver Series 8 speakers are...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   04-14-2015, 09:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 463
Posted By commsysman
But for my money, at $7500 the 804 does not come...

But for my money, at $7500 the 804 does not come close to the Vandersteen Treos.

I listened to both and bought the Vandersteens; sound to die for!
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   04-14-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 207
Posted By commsysman
Upscale Audio offers new high-quality low-noise...

Upscale Audio offers new high-quality low-noise russian-made Mullard branded 12AX7s for only $24.95 each and will match pairs at no charge.

They also have 10 or so other 12AX7 choices available.
...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-29-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 150
Posted By commsysman
"JAN" stands for "JOINT ARMY/NAVY' and is not a...

"JAN" stands for "JOINT ARMY/NAVY' and is not a brand; it just means it is certified to meet a U. S. military specification. It can appear on any brand of tube
and really means very little in...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-24-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 124
Posted By commsysman
There is no reason that you can't do that. ...

There is no reason that you can't do that.

Unless you already have a lot of the gear and this is a real cheap way for you to go, I suspect that you would get better sound by just buying a a...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-24-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 198
Posted By commsysman
[QUOTE=UnNamedPerson;32874473]I currently have a...

[QUOTE=UnNamedPerson;32874473]I currently have a SMSL SA-98E powering 2 Definitive Technology Studio Monitor 55s connected to my desktop with a Sound Blaster ZxR sound card. The setup sounds great...
Forum: Speakers   03-24-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 256
Posted By commsysman
The center speaker is not capable of reproducing...

The center speaker is not capable of reproducing anything below 88 hz, so that is a non-issue; its inherent lack of output below that frequency self-limits it and that is NOT a problem.

"Dialogue"...
Forum: Speakers   03-24-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 515
Posted By commsysman
Compared to the speakers you have, I think any...

Compared to the speakers you have, I think any HTIB I have ever heard would be a HUGE disappointment!

I would suggest that you get a good modern receiver, like a NAD T758 for example, and stick...
Forum: Speakers   03-24-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 976
Posted By commsysman
I think that the Infinity P163 speakers, which...

I think that the Infinity P163 speakers, which are under $100 each, may be the best low-priced bookshelf speakers you can get.

They are exceptional for their price.
Forum: Speakers   03-24-2015, 02:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 190
Posted By commsysman
They say Made in Canada; that might date them a...

They say Made in Canada; that might date them a bit.

The specs are still given at the Paradigm website however.

The fact that they are not marked with a model number or serial number might mean...
Forum: Speakers   03-24-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 266
Posted By commsysman
That would be just as much of an issue whether...

That would be just as much of an issue whether the sub was set up one way or the other.

His main speakers have an exceptionally high sensitivity (97 db/w/m), and 40 watts per channel is all you...
Forum: Speakers   03-22-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 266
Posted By commsysman
It is stupid to use tower speakers that have good...

It is stupid to use tower speakers that have good bass and set the crossover to 80 Hz!!!

This means everything below 80 Hz is only reproduced by the sub. This wastes the bass capability of your...
Forum: Speakers   03-22-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 253
Posted By commsysman
I would definitely choose the Revel speakers over...

I would definitely choose the Revel speakers over the Klipsch speakers.

For the same price I would get PSB speakers, however. The PSB CW28 are excellent for in-wall speakers.

A NAD receiver...
Forum: Speakers   03-22-2015, 10:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 316
Posted By commsysman
That should be a very good system for the price. ...

That should be a very good system for the price.

I am not a big fan of Onkyo receivers, however.

I think you will get much better sound from a NAD or Marantz receiver, or even a Denon.
Forum: Speakers   03-22-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 104
Posted By commsysman
It is probably a bad ground connection in one of...

It is probably a bad ground connection in one of your signal cables.

Disconnect the cable from the amplifier input and see what happens.

If that stops it, experiment with different cables.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-22-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,096
Posted By commsysman
I also have a large CD library, much of which I...

I also have a large CD library, much of which I have ripped to my PC using Windows Media Player.

I find that the 320K MP3 files are almost impossible to tell from the original, and take up a lot...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-22-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 150
Posted By commsysman
Bass response with those tubes (6DJ8/6922)...

Bass response with those tubes (6DJ8/6922) suffers when the individual tube has a relatively low transconductance, which varies from one tube to the next. The brand is not a particular issue.

I...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-20-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 92
Posted By commsysman
The ZPhono is a phono preamp. Its output is...

The ZPhono is a phono preamp. Its output is analog.

When you say "via USB", that confuses me.

Please detail exactly what is connected to what and how you are supposedly converting the output of...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-10-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By commsysman
The pre out jacks for the front 2 channels can be...

The pre out jacks for the front 2 channels can be used to do what you want, IF the receiver has a setting to allow it to operate in a 2-channel stereo mode by down-mixing the 5.1 or 7.1 to 2 channels...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-10-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 175
Posted By commsysman
In the first place, the signal from a turntable...

In the first place, the signal from a turntable needs to be run through a phono preamp to perform an RIAA frequency correction before you get a usable analog signal to go to ANY amplifier circuit.
...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-07-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 223
Posted By commsysman
If you want sound that is better in every...

If you want sound that is better in every respect, you can step up to a Music Hall MMF-2.2 turntable.

You could also get better speakers.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-07-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 304
Posted By commsysman
I think you would be better off getting the...

I think you would be better off getting the Musical Fidelity M1 LPS Phono Preamp, which runs $450.

You will have NO hum, fantastic detail and dynamics, and sound quality that is the best I have...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   03-07-2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 108
Posted By commsysman
You need to install a ground wire between the...

You need to install a ground wire between the metal base of the arm support assembly and the grounded chassis of the receiver.
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