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Forum: Speakers   03-23-2015, 03:22 PM
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I do jot use any sprays on either my CMC2 or...

I do jot use any sprays on either my CMC2 or 802D. Just use duster every few days. Do not use dump fabric - it will leave dust swirls.
Forum: Speakers   03-13-2015, 12:39 PM
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803N are not bad, but that won't be red hot deal...

803N are not bad, but that won't be red hot deal to get them for $3K.
Forum: Speakers   03-13-2015, 11:54 AM
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Posted By ap1
Make sure they are "D". There were earlier...

Make sure they are "D". There were earlier version of 803 - much cheaper. Onkyo will likely he OK, but better amplifier will bring some advantage.
Forum: Speakers   03-13-2015, 08:20 AM
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Posted By ap1
If they are 803D of any generation - this is a...

If they are 803D of any generation - this is a very good price, probably 50% of market rate.
Forum: Speakers   03-11-2015, 10:36 AM
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I still do not recommend Htm61. CMC2 is better...

I still do not recommend Htm61. CMC2 is better choice even when 683 are used as mains.
Forum: Speakers   03-10-2015, 09:04 PM
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Posted By ap1
They are 4 ohm speakers. At least their gen 1...

They are 4 ohm speakers. At least their gen 1 versions were (I didn't yet see published measurements for gen 2). In my case 683 started sounding much better with 300W Onkyo than with 100W Denon...
Forum: Speakers   03-10-2015, 06:26 PM
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683 (and CM9) need more power than 3312 can...

683 (and CM9) need more power than 3312 can deliver. Get 2x300W stereo power amp and feel all difference. Emotiva brand should be OK for that.
Forum: Speakers   03-08-2015, 09:31 PM
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Posted By ap1
You might not need preamp at all - just DAC and...

You might not need preamp at all - just DAC and power amplifier. Example is Benchmark DAC2 and Bryston 7Bsst2.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   03-07-2015, 07:26 AM
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Next step from 8500 plasma will be 4K OLED. But...

Next step from 8500 plasma will be 4K OLED. But you will have to wait few years before prices will become reasonable. And 50-52" is too small for modern TV.
Forum: Speakers   03-07-2015, 07:17 AM
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Posted By ap1
I would get Denon AVR4520. I do not think current...

I would get Denon AVR4520. I do not think current Sony lineup includes anything really competitive. You can always add separate power amplifiers later. For that look at Emotiva brand.

Regarding...
Forum: Speakers   02-26-2015, 09:14 PM
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Posted By ap1
I would say - go with 802D. Price looks...

I would say - go with 802D. Price looks reasonable. They are way better than anything in CM line. Di is an improvement over older D, but not too big. Keep in mind that you will need decent amp for...
Forum: Speakers   12-09-2014, 07:56 PM
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Posted By ap1
Sub's are better. Speakers - you need to hear and...

Sub's are better. Speakers - you need to hear and decide.
Forum: Speakers   12-09-2014, 08:43 AM
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Posted By ap1
Oppo 103, Denon 4520. May decide to add Emotiva...

Oppo 103, Denon 4520. May decide to add Emotiva xpa-2 to drive CM10s.
Forum: Speakers   12-09-2014, 07:46 AM
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Posted By ap1
How about one more 685? Could be almost the same...

How about one more 685? Could be almost the same cost even if you do not use second 685 from pair. Or you may be able to sell single 685 to someone who will use it as center too.
Forum: Speakers   12-08-2014, 07:58 AM
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You are right a d I agree completely. But not...

You are right a d I agree completely. But not everyone is free to use acoustic treatment in multi-use areas of the house like family/living room. There dimensions and distance from walls are...
Forum: Speakers   12-07-2014, 06:35 PM
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Posted By ap1
If you want get significant savings - look at...

If you want get significant savings - look at used market. Even with current production models you can get 30-35% off MSRP.

You can place speaker on either rug or wood floor - it does not matter....
Forum: Speakers   12-07-2014, 09:31 AM
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There is always something new comes in and you...

There is always something new comes in and you may be in waiting state forever. Thus get speakers and enjoy music. It is unlikely new will be so much better than you will want immediate upgrade.
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Forum: Speakers   12-03-2014, 05:40 AM
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Posted By ap1
Better drivers in CM5. Both CM6 and 686 were made...

Better drivers in CM5. Both CM6 and 686 were made simply to satisfy price requirements, with corners cut where possible and impossible.
Forum: Speakers   12-02-2014, 01:11 PM
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Posted By ap1
I would use Nad 375 for 683.

I would use Nad 375 for 683.
Forum: Speakers   12-02-2014, 06:04 AM
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Posted By ap1
Likely no. Your problem is mostly with how AV...

Likely no. Your problem is mostly with how AV processor imitates center channel where most of dialogs are present in multichannel mix. Also with 685 make sure that they are toed in to point at...
Forum: Speakers   12-02-2014, 05:39 AM
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Posted By ap1
Do not get CM6. Either 685 or CM5.

Do not get CM6. Either 685 or CM5.
Forum: Speakers   12-02-2014, 05:37 AM
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Posted By ap1
Fo dialogs canter channel is very useful, so get...

Fo dialogs canter channel is very useful, so get it. This is simply a matter of having physical spraker, so you can just add a single 685 there.
Forum: Speakers   12-01-2014, 09:35 AM
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Posted By ap1
You can get better receiver for 1/3 - 1/4 of 683...

You can get better receiver for 1/3 - 1/4 of 683 speakers' price, if you buy used. Something from pre-3D 3xxx and 4xxx lines.

With your current receiver there is no reason to get anything bigger...
Forum: Speakers   11-30-2014, 06:43 PM
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Posted By ap1
683 are much better than 684. But your receiver...

683 are much better than 684. But your receiver may not be up to the task to drive them.
Forum: Speakers   11-29-2014, 07:39 PM
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Posted By ap1
For sub look at HSU, SVS and similar Internet...

For sub look at HSU, SVS and similar Internet direct brands. That way you get best value for your money.
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