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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-28-2017, 10:29 AM
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Posted By commsysman
You do need a different AVR; one that has...

You do need a different AVR; one that has pre-outs for 5 or 7 channels, so that your amplifier can be used for all channels. The preouts you have are useless.

The Marantz SR5011 is one that has...
Forum: Speakers   03-28-2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 63
Posted By commsysman
You won't do any better for that amount of money.

You won't do any better for that amount of money.
Forum: Speakers   03-28-2017, 09:54 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By commsysman
It is rated at 80 watts per channel for 2...

It is rated at 80 watts per channel for 2 channels driven into 4 ohms.

That will drive all but extreme low-sensitivity speakers, and plenty loud, too.
Forum: Speakers   03-28-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 112
Posted By commsysman
The amplifier specs say it is rated for 80 watts...

The amplifier specs say it is rated for 80 watts per channel at 4 ohms; obviously not a problem. It only has 2 analog and two optical inputs; make sure that is enough for your setup.

I suggest...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-28-2017, 08:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 57
Posted By commsysman
Those Concentric-8 speakers are way to big for...

Those Concentric-8 speakers are way to big for desktop use, I would think.

I suggest that you get a pair of the PSB PS-1 powered speakers, which are very good. I use these with my desktop PC with...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-26-2017, 08:17 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By commsysman
I suggest that you look at the Focal Alpha 80...

I suggest that you look at the Focal Alpha 80 speakers, which are excellent powered monitors with 8-inch woofers that cost only $549 each (Crutchfield etc.).

Focal also has a floorstanding powered...
Forum: Speakers   03-25-2017, 08:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 55
Posted By commsysman
That sounds like a good way to end up with really...

That sounds like a good way to end up with really awful sound.

The two sets of speakers will no doubt clash with each other and produce a mess.

IMO old Yamaha receivers sound terrible, so that...
Forum: Speakers   03-25-2017, 08:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 100
Posted By commsysman
They are both good speakers, somewhat different...

They are both good speakers, somewhat different but similar.

The 686s2 speakers have VERY poor sensitivity, however, which makes them a poor choice for amplifiers under 60 watts or so.

The KEF...
Forum: Speakers   03-25-2017, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 131
Posted By commsysman
The Focal Easya speakers would be my first...

The Focal Easya speakers would be my first choice. They are $1999 at Crutchfield.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-23-2017, 04:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 160
Posted By commsysman
I merely mentioned one option that works for me. ...

I merely mentioned one option that works for me.

The Stereophile test CD has a lot of good stuff on it, and IMO is good value for the money.

Opinions may vary.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-23-2017, 04:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 208
Posted By commsysman
That is theoretically possible, but extremely...

That is theoretically possible, but extremely rare.

Purists usually want a single output device, usually a tube, in the output stage, for various reasons.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-23-2017, 09:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 208
Posted By commsysman
A Class A amplifier has only a single output...

A Class A amplifier has only a single output device, so the possibility of crossover distortion is eliminated.

On the other hand, a well-designed Class AB amplifier will have no crossover...
Forum: Speakers   03-23-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 358
Posted By commsysman
[QUOTE=Anohaakten;51712377]I recently purchased...

[QUOTE=Anohaakten;51712377]I recently purchased the Kef Q100's along with a SVS PB-1000. The KEF's are leaving me a little unimpressed. I am going to keep them because I got such a good deal on them....
Forum: Speakers   03-23-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 105
Posted By commsysman
Amazon has a bunch of them. Just go to...

Amazon has a bunch of them.

Just go to Amazon and put "bluetooth speaker" in their search bar.

Most are battery-operated, but just get one with a rechargeable battery and just leave the charger...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-23-2017, 08:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 147
Posted By commsysman
Read it again; he is MEASURING a problem, not...

Read it again; he is MEASURING a problem, not hearing it.

HE SAYS: "the loss is not noticeable to my ears"....
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-23-2017, 08:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 160
Posted By commsysman
Testing

The best way to test a system is with test TONES from a test disc (CD).

Stereophile has a good test disc you can buy online, which has test tones and sweeps that cover the entire audio range.
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Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-23-2017, 08:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 147
Posted By commsysman
99% of audible musical content is at frequencies...

99% of audible musical content is at frequencies below 8kHz.

Brushed cymbals are the only thing I know of that is above that.

Concerning yourself with what is going on above 10 kHz is a waste...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-21-2017, 04:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 303
Posted By commsysman
You may want to check out Scott Walker Audio,...

You may want to check out Scott Walker Audio, Audio Concepts, and Audio Video Today.

You probably will have to order the speakers online, but I am sure there is a NAD dealer in Orange County...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-21-2017, 03:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 159
Posted By commsysman
System Choices

I suggest that you get a Bluesound Vault 2 for streaming, with MQA. IMO MQA is what is coming, and fast, and it's gonna be very nice. Only $499.

There are advantages both ways, with active vs...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-21-2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 303
Posted By commsysman
My recommendation- 1-A pair of Monitor Audio...

My recommendation-

1-A pair of Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers- $499

2-A NAD C326BEE integrated amplifier- $549

Those are Crutchfield's prices; maybe you can find better somewhere?

IMO...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-21-2017, 10:49 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,511
Posted By commsysman
Look up "MQA-The Absolute Sound" online. ...

Look up "MQA-The Absolute Sound" online.

They did two articles that go into the reasons that MQA is much better.

Reading them will answer your questions.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-18-2017, 04:36 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,511
Posted By commsysman
Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group have...

Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group have announced that they fully support MQA and are implementing it.

Since, between them, they comprise 80% of the major music labels in the world, and...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   03-18-2017, 10:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 149
Posted By commsysman
Passive?

The thing is that "passive preamplifier" is a self-contradictory terminology.

If it is passive, it is not actually a preamplifier, but just an attenuator (volume control) and (usually) some input...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-17-2017, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 97
Posted By commsysman
The Cambridge Audio CXR200 is a far better...

The Cambridge Audio CXR200 is a far better receiver IMO. You might want to look it over.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-17-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 70
Posted By commsysman
If you will be using it only as a preamp, and the...

If you will be using it only as a preamp, and the power amps have no load on them, it seems extremely unlikely to ever be hot enough for the fans to come on.
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