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Forum: Speakers   03-25-2015, 06:59 PM
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Posted By BillP
Also take a listen to Sonus Faber Venere series.

Also take a listen to Sonus Faber Venere series.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-24-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 18,013
Views: 2,110,452
Posted By BillP
PeninsulaMark, Either the player needs to upscale...

PeninsulaMark, Either the player needs to upscale to 4K (if it's capable), or the 4K display will do so. Which does a better job at upscaling is impossible to know without trying it both ways and...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-24-2015, 04:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 89
Posted By BillP
Does not sound like a ground loop (that would...

Does not sound like a ground loop (that would usually be a buzzing through the speakers). Could be a defective amp (you never know if you buy it used from a stranger). But try plugging the amp into a...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-23-2015, 06:27 AM
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Views: 2,110,452
Posted By BillP
You never know which device will do the better...

You never know which device will do the better job upscaling, the TV or a player. My Panasonic BluRay player did a far better job upscaling Netflix than my Panasonic plasma, despite both being the...
Forum: Speakers   03-21-2015, 12:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 325
Posted By BillP
Yes, I would recommend running the same length...

Yes, I would recommend running the same length for the left and right front speakers, even if one is closer to the amp. Same for left and right rear speakers.
Forum: Speakers   03-21-2015, 05:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 325
Posted By BillP
Well, the length is simply the distance from your...

Well, the length is simply the distance from your amp or AVR to each speaker (use a pair of speaker cables that are the same length for the pair of front speakers, and a pair of cables that are the...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-21-2015, 05:10 AM
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Posted By BillP
vlach, the Oppo 105 is the best for analog audio,...

vlach, the Oppo 105 is the best for analog audio, not the 103. I went from the 51FD to the 105, and never looked back (the 51 was way too finicky with discs, due to very poor error correction, and...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-20-2015, 06:47 PM
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Views: 1,042,075
Posted By BillP
tatiana, it also depends on the rest of your...

tatiana, it also depends on the rest of your system. With high-end equipment, especially high-end speakers, you should hear a difference. But with inexpensive equipment/speakers, you may not. Since...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-17-2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4,266
Views: 284,214
Posted By BillP
I went with local dealer since a good discount...

I went with local dealer since a good discount for a lot of equipment (Parasound amp and preamp, plus new speakers and toroidal power conditioner), plus help with set-up (that you wouldn't get with...
Forum: Speakers   03-12-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 418
Views: 105,185
Posted By BillP
My SF's do sound great with my sold state...

My SF's do sound great with my sold state Parasound amp/preamp.:D
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-12-2015, 07:19 AM
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Views: 284,214
Posted By BillP
I was wondering about that as well. Seems...

I was wondering about that as well. Seems impossible to lower the left and right the same amount (no lines on the knobs as a guide). Will just have to go by making sure vocals remain in the center....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-12-2015, 04:54 AM
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Posted By BillP
So what do you recommend? Like Tim, I have the...

So what do you recommend? Like Tim, I have the JC2 BP / A21 combo, and my volume knob on the preamp is around 7-8 o'clock. Should I leave it as is, turn down the sensitivity controls on the A21, or...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-12-2015, 04:45 AM
Replies: 18,013
Views: 2,110,452
Posted By BillP
Samsung players definitely have great specs and...

Samsung players definitely have great specs and features. But many here, including me, would never buy one due to poor reliability combined with poor customer support, IMO. Oppo is at the other...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-08-2015, 01:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 179
Posted By BillP
The clear crisp sound is irrelevant. You can't...

The clear crisp sound is irrelevant. You can't move them an inch or two? I'm telling you from experience, that could make a very significant difference for bass.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-08-2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 31,782
Posted By BillP
I may be wrong, but my sense from reading all...

I may be wrong, but my sense from reading all these posts is that he did use it, and his rants now are based on recent measurements rather than listening. Shreds, if you can really hear the problem,...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-08-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 179
Posted By BillP
First, what speakers do you have (that might help...

First, what speakers do you have (that might help us help you). Second, I agree with this advice. I just bought new tower speakers, and the dealer arranged for someone from the company to come...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-08-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 31,782
Posted By BillP
Vocalpoint, I find that I get that error message...

Vocalpoint, I find that I get that error message if I hit the Netflix button too soon after turning on the player. When I wait 15 seconds after getting the error and try again, it works fine. An...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-07-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 12,707
Views: 1,042,075
Posted By BillP
My ChromeCast, plugged into the HDMI input of the...

My ChromeCast, plugged into the HDMI input of the 105, works fine. But then the Oppo is processing both audio and video. Sounds like processing just audio (with video going directly from the source...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-07-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 12,707
Views: 1,042,075
Posted By BillP
Thanks. Yes, I can run HDMI from the cable box...

Thanks. Yes, I can run HDMI from the cable box directly to the Oppo, but my wife will not be happy having to turn on the Oppo every time she wants to watch TV. I may just go back to RCA interconnects...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-06-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 12,707
Views: 1,042,075
Posted By BillP
Lip-sync problems: When I want to listen to TV...

Lip-sync problems:
When I want to listen to TV shows through my stereo speakers rather than the TV speakers, I used to use RCA analog interconnects between my cable box and pre-amp without any...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-06-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 31,782
Posted By BillP
Why not just return it? They have an easy 30d...

Why not just return it? They have an easy 30d return policy (or are you past that?)?
Forum: Speakers   03-05-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 418
Views: 105,185
Posted By BillP
Fully agree. Each pair of speakers I listened to...

Fully agree. Each pair of speakers I listened to were connected to a totally different AVR or amp. The 820D's were connected to those huge McI monoblocks.
Forum: Speakers   03-05-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 418
Views: 105,185
Posted By BillP
Unfortunately, speakers are frequently not set up...

Unfortunately, speakers are frequently not set up right in stores, especially BB/Magnolia, making it very difficult to assess. When I listened to a pair of SF Olympica III's at Magnolia, they had...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-05-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 50
Posted By BillP
And the preamp would be connected to the amp...

And the preamp would be connected to the amp either using 2 balanced audio cables (for left and right) or 2 unbalanced (RCA) audio cables. Not sure you'll find any preamp for $40.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-05-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 18,013
Views: 2,110,452
Posted By BillP
I mainly use it for HBO Go and for Netflix. Works...

I mainly use it for HBO Go and for Netflix. Works great for both.
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