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Forum: Blu-ray Players   09-13-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 89
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Posted By BillP
Makes no sense to price one higher than the Oppo...

Makes no sense to price one higher than the Oppo 105. Is the 88FD really better for PQ and AQ than the 105?
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   09-10-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 3,630
Views: 239,616
Posted By BillP
A Halo integrated amp just showed up on their...

A Halo integrated amp just showed up on their website ("coming soon").
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-10-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By BillP
Just when I was planning to go JC2/A21. Will wait...

Just when I was planning to go JC2/A21. Will wait and rethink (I wonder how the integrated amp will stack up versus their separates).
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-19-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 267
Posted By BillP
I would not buy cheapy stuff to learn with. I'd...

I would not buy cheapy stuff to learn with. I'd buy good stuff to keep for years to come. It all depends on your budget, which you didn't state. And do you want a 2-channel system, 2.1 (with a...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-17-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,171
Posted By BillP
:D There's always the JC2 preamp.

:D There's always the JC2 preamp.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   08-03-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 803
Views: 71,628
Posted By BillP
My experience (with a 105, not a 105D) is quite...

My experience (with a 105, not a 105D) is quite the opposite. I use Netflix discs a lot, and have had no problems with playing any of them (unlike other players I used to own, especially Pioneer)....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-01-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 598
Posted By BillP
All the professional studios use Parasound. All...

All the professional studios use Parasound. All those brands are excellent, so choose by price and features.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   08-01-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 17,006
Views: 2,054,941
Posted By BillP
No need for a more expensive model. PQ will be...

No need for a more expensive model. PQ will be the same. AQ as well, especially if you use digital audio out (such as with HDMI). What you get with higher models are more features that you won't use,...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   07-28-2014, 05:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By BillP
You may want to ask in the Receivers, Amps and...

You may want to ask in the Receivers, Amps and Processors thread (search for an existing Mcintosh thread there before starting a new thread).
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-22-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 257
Posted By BillP
This still needs to go to the Help Me Choose a...

This still needs to go to the Help Me Choose a Player thread. IMO, if you don't want an Oppo, I'd go with Denon for a universal player. But it will be similar in cost. You don't get budget players...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-22-2014, 04:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By BillP
If you post your model, others can tell you...

If you post your model, others can tell you whether it does a fair or excellent job upscaling. Also, you can compare for yourself whether your display or your player does a better job upscaling.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-19-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 803
Views: 71,628
Posted By BillP
Yes there is. With analog outs, you're using the...

Yes there is. With analog outs, you're using the audio DACs of the Oppo. With HDMI, you're using the audio DACs of your AVR. Which is better depends on your AVR's DACs and implementation.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-18-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 1,700
Views: 199,365
Posted By BillP
It must be your video settings. The video section...

It must be your video settings. The video section of the 105 and the 752 are identical, as is PQ according to professional reviews. Of course, with the Darbee processing, they will be different.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-17-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 173
Posted By BillP
They are 4 ohm speakers, so you need an amp that...

They are 4 ohm speakers, so you need an amp that is rated for 4 ohms. You don't give a price range. Parasound amps are well thought of here.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-16-2014, 03:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By BillP
If you are a true audio enthusiast, you can't go...

If you are a true audio enthusiast, you can't go wrong with an Oppo 105/105D (assuming you are using the analog audio outs). It has the best analog audio section of any BluRay or CD player that sells...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-16-2014, 03:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,741
Posted By BillP
First, 4k upscaling by a player won't work unless...

First, 4k upscaling by a player won't work unless you have a 4k display (thus it won't work at all with a 1080p display). Second, with a 4k display and a 4k upscaling player, it comes down to which...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-16-2014, 03:36 AM
Replies: 17,006
Views: 2,054,941
Posted By BillP
Actually the mods will likely move your query to...

Actually the mods will likely move your query to the Official Help Me Choose a Player sticky thread at the top of the page.
You list very old models, which will be very slow to load and may have...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-13-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 17,006
Views: 2,054,941
Posted By BillP
Sorry, but I don't think you'll find a...

Sorry, but I don't think you'll find a stand-alone BluRay player for less with an HDMI input.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-03-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,741
Posted By BillP
The answer is "no." Upscaling to 4k will only...

The answer is "no." Upscaling to 4k will only work on a 4k display.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-30-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3,630
Views: 239,616
Posted By BillP
:DOf course I'll also have to upgrade my...

:DOf course I'll also have to upgrade my speakers. Thinking of the Sonus Faber Olympica III's.
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   06-30-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,857
Posted By BillP
There are excellent 4 ohm speakers (higher end...

There are excellent 4 ohm speakers (higher end Sonus Faber come to mind). I do agree about Parasound amps!
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-29-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 3,630
Views: 239,616
Posted By BillP
Thanks, Jmouse, but I am only interested in a...

Thanks, Jmouse, but I am only interested in a 2-channel preamp (the 5509 looks like a 9.2 AVR). I saw on the Onkyo website that they do make a 2-channel preamp. I wonder how it compares to the JC2...
Forum: Speakers   06-28-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 324
Posted By BillP
I can't imagine the sound wouldn't be negatively...

I can't imagine the sound wouldn't be negatively affected if visibly creased. But you won't know how they sound until you hook them up.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   06-24-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 1,700
Views: 199,365
Posted By BillP
If you are using a preamp, you should just used...

If you are using a preamp, you should just used fixed output at 100 and be done with it. Although that won't work if you go directly to a power amp. I use a preamp myself due to the other AV...
Forum: Speakers   06-24-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By BillP
I have Sonus Faber Grand Piano (replaced with the...

I have Sonus Faber Grand Piano (replaced with the Venere line).
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