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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 03:05 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I did the same - hooked up the stereo VCR to the...

I did the same - hooked up the stereo VCR to the hi-fi so that I could have 'hi-fi' 2ch sound from the movies. It was a revelation at the time - nobody realised how much information lay in the stereo...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 02:57 PM
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Same here. I just don't have time (or much...

Same here. I just don't have time (or much interest) in TV. Even the HBO stuff which is made more like movies are made doesn't interest me as I don't want to watch 20 hours of the same program. I...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 02:53 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I have a couple of Crown amps and I disabled the...

I have a couple of Crown amps and I disabled the fans and it didn’t seem to make much difference for 'normal' use TBH. Remember that Pro amps are designed to work balls-out all night long on gigs or...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 02:50 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I wish I could help but for some reason decent...

I wish I could help but for some reason decent 2ch amps in the UK are as rare as unicorns. I think your best bet is the used market - an old 2ch integrated amp could do the job so long as it has...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 02:48 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
LOL! In fact I am so scared of being treated in...

LOL! In fact I am so scared of being treated in a UK State-funded medical facility that I pay for insurance to keep me out of there :)
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 02:47 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I thought about and decided against it. It must...

I thought about and decided against it. It must have some negatives or why wouldn't they just make it run in Eco all the time? What does non-Eco give us that Eco takes away? It can’t just be that...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 02:45 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Oh, a tricky one, as the UK isn’t all that...

Oh, a tricky one, as the UK isn’t all that well-served by good value, low cost amplifiers IME. I had to import all my amps (Emotivas) to get what I considered to be reasonable quality of construction...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 02:40 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Not really. I don't watch TV, for example, at...

Not really. I don't watch TV, for example, at all. My nightly movie is my way of relaxing after a busy day. I've been a movie fan since my mum introduced me to movies when I was about 5 years old -...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 02:37 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Not possible I'm afraid. I did try it - I cannot...

Not possible I'm afraid. I did try it - I cannot get anywhere near the required angles for Wides unfortunately. Pity because I have the amps, the speakers and the wire, so it would have been a...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 02:35 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
It's all PCM. All that the codec does is pack it,...

It's all PCM. All that the codec does is pack it, losslessly. It's not more reasonable to expect one to sound different to the other than it would be to expect a Word document packed with ZIP to be...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 02:33 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Been said many times - timbre matching was...

Been said many times - timbre matching was important in the old days, before room EQ was common. Nowadays, with things like Audyssey's XT32, timbre matching isn't as important. And regardless of...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 12:28 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Then I apologise - it mustn't have been clear to...

Then I apologise - it mustn't have been clear to me.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 12:02 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Damn. It's not often I can catch you out on...

Damn. It's not often I can catch you out on something. And, clearly, this wasn't one of them :)
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 11:36 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
So far I must have watched dozens of legacy...

So far I must have watched dozens of legacy movies with DSU engaged. My experience ranges from "wow!" (eg Twister, The Descent, Jurassic Park: The Lost World and various others) to less enthusiastic...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 11:33 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Stock answer from Audyssey: "Don't touch the...

Stock answer from Audyssey: "Don't touch the settings that Audyssey delivers". If Audyssey knows that modules need to run +4dB (and this is the first time I have heard that) then they should have...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 11:30 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Good point, Bill. And I watch about 5 or 6 movies...

Good point, Bill. And I watch about 5 or 6 movies a week, sometimes more!
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 11:29 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
6 possible pairs... Front Height &...

6 possible pairs...



Front Height & Top Middle
Front Height & Top Rear
Front Height & Rear Height
Top Front & Top Rear (Default)
Top Front & Rear Height
Top Middle & Rear Height
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 11:22 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Reader alert! This post contains the dreaded car...

Reader alert! This post contains the dreaded car analogy.

Idling is good. I haven't been quite as thoroughly scientific about it as you, but my own system can loaf along at -5db on the MV all...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 11:16 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Amen to that - Jerry's guide is indispensable for...

Amen to that - Jerry's guide is indispensable for anyone using REW for the first time. An hour or so spent reading it will save endless hours of frustration.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 11:10 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Then I don't understand Audyssey's response...

Then I don't understand Audyssey's response (wouldn't be the first time). After reading your post I measured the SPL of all my speakers, with Audyssey on and off, using an external source disc for...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 11:00 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
How could that be possible do you think? Is one...

How could that be possible do you think? Is one lossless codec more lossless than the other?
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 10:55 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Value is entirely subjective, as you imply. For...

Value is entirely subjective, as you imply. For me, the upgrade was great value as DSU is adding considerably to my enjoyment of all of my movie library and I am all set for Atmos releases as they...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 04:27 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
There's certainly some comfort to be gained from...

There's certainly some comfort to be gained from knowing you always have at least as much power as you need. But it can be an expensive route to follow, and if resources need to be prioritised then...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 04:22 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Agreed - what matters is how well a unit is made,...

Agreed - what matters is how well a unit is made, not where it was made.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-19-2014, 03:54 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Two different things. Doubling amplification...

Two different things. Doubling amplification power gives a 3dB increase in SPL. To get a perceived doubling of loudness, you need a 10dB increase.

Thanks for the kind remarks BTW - appreciated.
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