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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-22-2015, 04:27 PM
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Posted By commsysman
The issue is overall power capability. The Yamaha...

The issue is overall power capability. The Yamaha claim to be able to provide 130 watts per channel from that receiver is a bad joke that should not be taken seriously. There is a huge difference...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-22-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 80
Posted By commsysman
The sound quality of your Naim gear is way way...

The sound quality of your Naim gear is way way better than almost any HT receiver you can buy. You should be very careful what you buy to avoid being seriously disappointed with the sound quality.
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Forum: Speakers   01-22-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By commsysman
The reading of 4 ohms is DC RESISTANCE, which...

The reading of 4 ohms is DC RESISTANCE, which tells you NOTHING.

Disconnect all of the speakers, and then connect one of them at a time to the left front output terminals of the receiver. Play...
Forum: Speakers   01-22-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By commsysman
That will work fine, but connect the high-level...

That will work fine, but connect the high-level subwoofer input terminals directly to the Sansui speaker terminals with lightweight (18 gauge or so) speaker wire.

Make sure you shut one receiver...
Forum: Speakers   01-22-2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 246
Posted By commsysman
I have a pair of the Dayton B652 speakers in my...

I have a pair of the Dayton B652 speakers in my den, powered by a Cambridge 40 watt amplifier and connected to a TV and CD player. They sound a lot better than the Boston speakers they replaced...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-22-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By commsysman
I think that you will find the sound quality of a...

I think that you will find the sound quality of a Music Hall MMF-2.2 to be significantly better than what you have. Low-priced direct-drive turntables are not very good, and the Shure 1200HRP...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-22-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 91
Posted By commsysman
I use the Audioengine 2 speakers, which have...

I use the Audioengine 2 speakers, which have their own amplifiers included, within the speaker cabinet.

Self-powered speakers save a lot of space, and mine sound great and only cost $200.

I do...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-22-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 194
Posted By commsysman
For the type of music you listen to, a tube...

For the type of music you listen to, a tube amplifier is a bad choice. Unless you have $10,000 or more to spend, a tube amp will not give you a whole lot of bass, and the bass you do get will be...
Forum: Speakers   01-17-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 228
Posted By commsysman
PSB makes some excellent speakers that should be...

PSB makes some excellent speakers that should be in your budget.
Forum: Speakers   01-17-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 122
Posted By commsysman
The problem with your present AVR is that the...

The problem with your present AVR is that the peak current required for the Linn speakers is just not there; it is not designed for 4 ohm speakers. That 210 watt rating is a ridiculous bad...
Forum: Speakers   01-17-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 106
Posted By commsysman
I would say that the PSB speakers have a...

I would say that the PSB speakers have a better-balanced cleaner sound than the JBLs; great speakers for almost any music.

The JBLs might be better for someone who wants to listen to rock music...
Forum: Speakers   01-17-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 65
Posted By commsysman
I suggest that you look at a pair of Infinity...

I suggest that you look at a pair of Infinity P363 speakers, which are only $150 each from various dealers online.

These are amazingly good speakers at a ridiculously low price. Read the article...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-17-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 115
Posted By commsysman
To my ears, the sound quality of the Onkyo and...

To my ears, the sound quality of the Onkyo and Yamaha is totally harsh and unacceptable; I would never recommend them. Marantz is considerably better from my listening experience.

The Music Hall...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-17-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 367
Posted By commsysman
There are a lot of great amplifiers out there for...

There are a lot of great amplifiers out there for that kind of money.

I was using a Bryston 3B-SST amplifier, which was very nice, but on the recommendation of John Atkinson of Stereophile, I...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-10-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 166
Posted By commsysman
I have the Audioengine 2 speakers, and they are...

I have the Audioengine 2 speakers, and they are very good.

I use an inexpensive Sony subwoofer with them, and just keep it turned off or turned down a bit when I want to cool it with the bass.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-07-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 57
Posted By commsysman
Be aware that the voltage to the "tape out" jacks...

Be aware that the voltage to the "tape out" jacks is not affected by the volume control setting. That can create problems, since various sources have wildly different voltage levels.

I think the...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-07-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 355
Posted By commsysman
That will certainly help a lot, because then the...

That will certainly help a lot, because then the AVR only has to drive the remaining channels.
Forum: Speakers   01-06-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 77
Posted By commsysman
To simply switch the audio connections, the...

To simply switch the audio connections, the Cables to Go #28750 (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=28750) switch box has 5 sets of input jacks switched to one set of...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-06-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 236
Posted By commsysman
Most of the AVRs that cost under $1000 will not...

Most of the AVRs that cost under $1000 will not have the kind of power supply needed to provide the drive current for those speakers. They mostly have power ratings that are best ignored, because...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-06-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 458
Posted By commsysman
Many stereo integrated amplifiers have a preamp...

Many stereo integrated amplifiers have a preamp output, which can be used to feed a signal to your subwoofers.

The BEST WAY to connect a sub woofer, however, is to connect the speaker-level input...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-06-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 198
Posted By commsysman
When it is connected as you describe, the phono...

When it is connected as you describe, the phono preamp of the turntable must be switched ON. I assume this is so.

If any other gear is connected to the HDMI jacks of the receiver, ANY electrical...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-06-2015, 11:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 355
Posted By commsysman
The point, which you seem to have missed, is that...

The point, which you seem to have missed, is that the manufacturer's power ratings are often derived from very limited unrealistic bench tests and are next to useless.

The "more powerful...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-04-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 176
Posted By commsysman
The age of the components is irrelevant. The...

The age of the components is irrelevant.

The Pioneer, along with most Onkyo, Yamaha, etc. amplifiers has a wimpy power supply that is not capable of providing the peak current most real speakers...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-04-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 355
Posted By commsysman
It seems you are starting to get a clue about the...

It seems you are starting to get a clue about the relative design and performance of receivers.

Onkyo and Yamaha, and a few others, make some pretty poor quality electronics that sound crummy,...
Forum: Speakers   01-01-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 377
Posted By commsysman
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being sonic perfection...

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being sonic perfection and 1 being absolute garbage), here is how I would rate some speakers:

Focal 706V.....................8 (excellent price right now at Music Direct;...
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