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Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-27-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 49
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Posted By commsysman
The best amplifier for Bose speakers is...none.

The best amplifier for Bose speakers is...none.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-27-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 716
Posted By commsysman
Cables

I have done extensive experiments with interconnect cables over the years. At Havens and Hardesty Audio in Huntington Beach we did many many experiments and listening tests.

The result of all of...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-06-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 716
Posted By commsysman
Most gear made in the USA, but not all, uses the...

Most gear made in the USA, but not all, uses the standard connections.

There are definitely a number of companies that use a different pin arrangement (some european).

Actually, reversing pins...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-04-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 862
Posted By commsysman
All you have to do is connect the PRE OUT jacks...

All you have to do is connect the PRE OUT jacks of your A28 to the inputs of a subwoofer.

The level control and roll-off frequency control of the subwoofer will allow you to seamlessly blend the...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-04-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 430
Posted By commsysman
Amazon has the Sony STR-DH130 stereo receiver for...

Amazon has the Sony STR-DH130 stereo receiver for $148.

It has plenty of power for those speakers and would be my choice.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-04-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 716
Posted By commsysman
The problem may be the pin assignments on the...

The problem may be the pin assignments on the Wadia.

Most XLRs use pin 2 as the "hot" side of the signal and pin 3 as the inverted side (pin 1 is ground).

Some Wadia stuff has pin 2 and 3...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-04-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 913
Posted By commsysman
To do a decent job and go to 5.1 will be a lot...

To do a decent job and go to 5.1 will be a lot more money, when you want to add the speakers.

On the other hand, Amazon is selling the Denon AVR-E200 5.1-channel receiver for only $199, and that...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   10-04-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 454
Posted By commsysman
That budget is not going to let you go with a...

That budget is not going to let you go with a high quality preamp and amplifier, because that would cost $5000 or more by itself.

A high-quality integrated amplifier can sound great and be much...
Forum: Speakers   09-30-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By commsysman
The front speakers should have at least one 6.5...

The front speakers should have at least one 6.5 inch driver or two 5 inch drivers per speaker IMO.

The center and others can get by with 4 inch drivers, since they do not need to go below 80 Hz.
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Forum: Speakers   09-30-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 318
Posted By commsysman
The Cables to Go 28750 audio switch is only $17...

The Cables to Go 28750 audio switch is only $17 and allows you to switch between 4 stereo sources to a single-input amp or other device.
Forum: Speakers   09-29-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 318
Posted By commsysman
That is a low=quality public address amp, not the...

That is a low=quality public address amp, not the quality you want for home audio.

I suggest that you consider the Pro-Ject AMP BOX S or the Onkyo M-5010 amplifier.
Forum: Speakers   09-29-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By commsysman
Use the spikes! To protect the floor, put a...

Use the spikes!

To protect the floor, put a quarter or similar 2-3 CM coin under each of the spikes, and some 3M double-faced tape on the bottom of the quarter.

To keep the spikes from moving...
Forum: Speakers   09-29-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 240
Posted By commsysman
I recommend a pair of Audioengine 2 speakers...

I recommend a pair of Audioengine 2 speakers $200) with a decent 10" subwoofer.

I have this setup and it is very good.
Forum: Speakers   09-25-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 337
Posted By commsysman
IMO the Klipsch and Energy speakers are the worst...

IMO the Klipsch and Energy speakers are the worst and next to worst for the money. I recommend some research before you throw good money away like that.

I suggest that you consider a pair of...
Forum: Speakers   09-25-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By commsysman
If you have a $1000 budget, and $300 is going to...

If you have a $1000 budget, and $300 is going to the receiver, you can do a lot better for $700 than the Pioneer FS52 speakers.

The Wharfedale Diamond 10.3 speakers are $649 per pair, and that is...
Forum: Speakers   09-22-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,687
Posted By commsysman
The Vandersteen Model 2 speakers are the...

The Vandersteen Model 2 speakers are the best-selling high-end speakers in history (with of course improvements and upgrades over 30+ years). *

People who have them never let go. Try them and you...
Forum: Speakers   09-22-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,480
Posted By commsysman
It is hard to tell what that comment even means. ...

It is hard to tell what that comment even means.

If it is intended as some sort of negative comment on Vandersteen speakers or those who buy them, a couple of facts might be noted:

1)...
Forum: Speakers   09-18-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 172
Posted By commsysman
Speakers need to have the midrange drivers at ear...

Speakers need to have the midrange drivers at ear level; 5 feet is way too high.

If I had that setup, I would want some slim tower speakers on either side of the cabinet.

A 2.1 system might be...
Forum: Speakers   09-18-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 253
Posted By commsysman
The only wireless speakers I know of that sound...

The only wireless speakers I know of that sound decent are the Dynaudio XEO series of speakers.

They are very high quality speakers, but quite expensive.

I think there are going to be other...
Forum: Speakers   09-18-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 624
Posted By commsysman
Yeah...there aren't a lot of really good-sounding...

Yeah...there aren't a lot of really good-sounding tower speakers for less than $1000 per pair, and that includes Polk.

One that is under $1000 and is a standout for its price is the Monitor Audio...
Forum: Speakers   09-18-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,480
Posted By commsysman
IMO the Vandersteen Treo speakers are ones to...

IMO the Vandersteen Treo speakers are ones to get.

I have them and I love them.
Forum: Speakers   09-18-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 169
Posted By commsysman
IMO the best ceiling speakers you can get for...

IMO the best ceiling speakers you can get for your situation are the PSB CW-80R speakers, which are $460 per pair.

I am seeing the CF-70 towers for around $400-500 each. You will need to spend at...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   09-13-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 517
Posted By commsysman
The fact is that the basic CD format is capable...

The fact is that the basic CD format is capable of virtually perfect sound quality, IF the recording engineer does his job properly AND the playback device has DAC circuits capable of high...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   09-13-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,783
Posted By commsysman
High Fidelity is far from dead. The Rolling Stone...

High Fidelity is far from dead. The Rolling Stone article is really about POP MUSIC engineers/producers who use poor techniques to record that kind of music, for various reasons. That is really not...
Forum: Speakers   09-11-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By commsysman
Those Silver 6 towers are excellent speakers, and...

Those Silver 6 towers are excellent speakers, and the Marantz will no doubt be a sonic improvement over any Yamaha AVR.

It sounds like you have thought it out well, except that those are dipole...
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