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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-31-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By commsysman
For 3rd-rate sound quality, stick with Pioneer,...

For 3rd-rate sound quality, stick with Pioneer, Onkyo, and Yamaha.

But if you are stuck at the $300 price level, it is not possible to design, build, and sell anything that is not junk for that...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-31-2015, 01:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 174
Posted By commsysman
I hate the sound quality of Onkyo and Yamaha...

I hate the sound quality of Onkyo and Yamaha equipment; harsh and thready and unpleasant.

I would pick the Denon every time from that group, but if you could find a NAD dealer and get a NAD...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-31-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 307
Posted By commsysman
If you want lots of bells and whistles and the...

If you want lots of bells and whistles and the worst possible sound quality, be sure to stick with Yamaha and Onkyo; they are right at the bottom of the barrel regarding sound quality.

But, I...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-31-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 150
Posted By commsysman
If excellent sound quality is what you want, you...

If excellent sound quality is what you want, you won't get it with ANY Yamaha or Onkyo or Denon receiver; their sound quality is strictly 3rd-rate, and their power ratings are simply misleading and...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-31-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 98
Posted By commsysman
The voltage output of the cartridge is lower; big...

The voltage output of the cartridge is lower; big deal. That why the volume is adjustable!

Who cares where the volume is set, as long as the volume is adequate?
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-31-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 201
Posted By commsysman
Nice setup, but don't you need to put a 50" TV in...

Nice setup, but don't you need to put a 50" TV in the middle there and move the gear and stand off to one side? :D
Forum: Speakers   01-31-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 51
Posted By commsysman
There are many many excellent speakers to choose...

There are many many excellent speakers to choose from. What size and type are you interested in?

I think you would be foolish to buy some speakers that would offer you little or no chance of...
Forum: Speakers   01-31-2015, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 143
Posted By commsysman
The description is contradictory; it says copper...

The description is contradictory; it says copper inner conductor, but it also says "CCA", which is copper-coated-aluminum, which you do not want.

hificables.co.uk has a 100 meter box of 16 gauge...
Forum: Speakers   01-31-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 143
Posted By commsysman
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You should use 14 gauge or larger wire, and it should be pure copper; this "oxygen-free" nonsense is just that; nonsense.
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Forum: Speakers   01-31-2015, 10:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 157
Posted By commsysman
It is not "normal", but your requirements are not...

It is not "normal", but your requirements are not "normal" either.

The advantage of the center speakers, in your situation, is that they are designed to be oriented the way you need them to be.
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Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-30-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 134
Posted By commsysman
You say "PREAMP", but you are obviously talking...

You say "PREAMP", but you are obviously talking about a PHONO PREAMP, which is a different thing entirely.

The Musical Fidelity V90-LPS PHONO PREAMP is excellent, but is $225.

The Cambridge...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 127
Posted By commsysman
The original post says he has an older Yamaha...

The original post says he has an older Yamaha AVR; the model number is given.
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 127
Posted By commsysman
I would recommend that IF you really want new...

I would recommend that IF you really want new speakers you limit yourself to the Monitor Audio and PSB speakers, which are very good-sounding speakers in general.

I think you will find that those...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 157
Posted By commsysman
The PSB ALPHA C1 speakers should be perfect for...

The PSB ALPHA C1 speakers should be perfect for that situation.

They are 7" high and 17 inches wide, and have dual 5 1/2 inch drivers, big enough to give you relatively good full-range sound for...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 44
Posted By commsysman
The problem is that when the computer is shutting...

The problem is that when the computer is shutting off various large voltage changes on the RCA output jacks are apparently coupled to the speakers.

This IS going to cause a lot of noise when it is...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 44
Posted By commsysman
Since they work fine in normal operation, the...

Since they work fine in normal operation, the solution is simple.

Disconnect power from the powered speakers just before the computer shuts down.

Plug the speakers' AC power cord or power...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 113
Posted By commsysman
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I would say that the Pioneer speakers would be a big step in the wrong direction. You would probably have to spend at least...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-28-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 344
Posted By commsysman
The Cambridge 651R is an excellent one. At only...

The Cambridge 651R is an excellent one. At only 499 L, it is a steal. In the USA it was going for $1200-1300 recently.

When I do a Google search for "NAD T758 Receiver", I get links to Crutchfield...
Forum: Speakers   01-28-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 365
Posted By commsysman
The Absolute Sound magazine did an article on the...

The Absolute Sound magazine did an article on the Infinity P363 speakers last month, and the reviewer felt they were by far the best speaker to be had at anywhere near their price.

I have...
Forum: Speakers   01-28-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 170
Posted By commsysman
The Focal 1028BE would definitely be the...

The Focal 1028BE would definitely be the best-sounding of those 3 speakers in my opinion; they are very good.

I nearly bought a pair of them recently, but a friend suggested that I listen to a...
Forum: Speakers   01-28-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 365
Posted By commsysman
You can eliminate your problem once you become...

You can eliminate your problem once you become aware that no Polk speaker on the market offers the best performance at any price point.

Wharfdale, PSB, Monitor Audio, and Pioneer speakers are...
Forum: Speakers   01-28-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 172
Posted By commsysman
You want to get RIGID STEEL stands that will...

You want to get RIGID STEEL stands that will couple your speakers effectively to the floor (or a concrete block stack).

Anything else is a complete waste of money.

Effective stands have to have...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-28-2015, 04:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 344
Posted By commsysman
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Do yourself a favor and step up to a NAD T758 or Cambridge Audio AVR (Yamaha, Sony, Pioneer, Denon...barf).

Driving...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-28-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 83
Posted By commsysman
It sounds like you have a pretty good system; all...

It sounds like you have a pretty good system; all stuff I could easily recommend (and have recommended).

The BDP-103 is a pretty good unit for the money, but the BDP-105 is on a whole different...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   01-26-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 433
Posted By commsysman
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The Monitor Audio or Wharfedale speakers are excellent choices IMO. The 10.2 is only a little more and will give you a lot more bass response....
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