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post #151 of 710
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Thanks for the breakdown man!!! Wow, that Furman certainly looks dangerous!!! That, plus the McIntosh gear right below--I had to take my hand off the mouse to make sure they didn't slice me through the computer. lol. I'll probably have to go with the SPR. Better to buy once, eh? (If such a thing as 'buy once' exists in the realm of home audio. lol)

I've been listening to music a bit more recently, and I won't swear to it, but it seems the noise floor is ever so slightly lower with the Furman compared to the Tripplite. I was more aware of decay and "afternotes" with the material I was playing, some solo guitar (Sharon Isbin). It seemed a bit more "in the room," as it were. I'm not talking huge differences, and it may be that I hadn't given music this kind of attention recently, but this is my impression. I'll play that again and turn it up a bit to see if the impressions hold. Either way, the SPR is a good unit. One you'll need, if you're going after those XPA-1s mentioned in your thread.
post #152 of 710
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Charles, congrats on the Furman! Hopefully it's going to set things straight in terms of g.loops.

Let me tell you a bit of my experience, because it "might" not be your Duo! When I was troubleshooting my g.loop, a quick remedy that solved it was a cheater plug on my preamp. Well, the hum was gone, but as I was trying unplugging each cable one by one to make sure the preamp was indeed the culprit, it turned out that as ONLY the amp and the sub were left connected, the exact same hum came back!! !$$#@

In the end it was the sub, although a cheater plug on the preamp solved it. Go figure.

Good luck with it, and I'm looking forward to the pics.

That could make sense, as everything is connected to the preamp in some way.
post #153 of 710
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I've been listening to music a bit more recently, and I won't swear to it, but it seems the noise floor is ever so slightly lower with the Furman compared to the Tripplite. I was more aware of decay and "afternotes" with the material I was playing, some solo guitar (Sharon Isbin). It seemed a bit more "in the room," as it were. I'm not talking huge differences, and it may be that I hadn't given music this kind of attention recently, but this is my impression. I'll play that again and turn it up a bit to see if the impressions hold. Either way, the SPR is a good unit. One you'll need, if you're going after those XPA-1s mentioned in your thread.

Yeah, the notion I'm getting from these power-related upgrades is that, as far as their effect on sound goes, there is no one product that does much to improve on the sound on it's own; the improvements are small in scale, but when used together, the incremental improvements tend to add up for an overall improvement that's noticable.
post #154 of 710
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Yeah, the notion I'm getting from these power-related upgrades is that, as far as their effect on sound goes, there is no one product that does much to improve on the sound on it's own; the improvements are small in scale, but when used together, the incremental improvements tend to add up for an overall improvement that's noticable.

I will now confirm my assessment that the SPR has lowered the noise floor a bit. It doesn't make highs higher or lows lower, but like any good power unit it will filter and regulate the power, and lower the noise floor, which means you can hear more of what's going on in your recordings.

It's also quieter than my Tripplite (which has now found a home with a friend). I put my ear near it and hear nothing.
post #155 of 710
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Well, the ground loop situation has been resolved albeit in a stop-gap kind of way. I have cheater plugs on my Duo VP and on my Macs. That's gotten rid of it completely. Even the Jensen on the coax line didn't get rid of it alone; if I put my ear to the speakers it was still there.

So now, if I move ahead with replacing my A/V console and go for a Billy Bags stand as I was thinking, it would mean new power cords because of my planned reconfiguration. The WW Auroras are working fine, but as I said before I'm not crazy about the magenta jacket color. I'm very interested in the Kimber PK10s, and would even reconsider PS Audio cords because with them I wouldn't need the cheater plugs (I could just disconnect the ground pins). The Kimbers are quite flexible, the PSAs aren't. I could try a cheater plug on the preamp (which got rid of much of the problem back when my system was simpler) too.

I'll report on what I do about this, but it's not planned until July.
post #156 of 710
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Unfortunately, it's time to send my OPPO BDP-83 off for repair. For 3 months now, it has been misbehaving. After turning on the player, I hit OPEN/CLOSE and the player begins to load a disc instead of the tray opening! On the third try the tray opens as it should; I put my disc in and from there the 83 performs properly. It doesn't matter whether it's via remote or manually, I get the same result. Now, if I start with OPEN/CLOSE rather than the power button the tray comes out right away as the unit powers up. Neither rebooting (unplugging then plugging back in) nor a firmware update solved the problem, as the 83 behaved the first time afterward, then went back to its wayward ways. I have my RMA number and plan to get the 83 off this week.

So if I want to watch DVDs or BDs I have my 09, connected to the main system, and my Marantz DV8400 is still connected, though not to the system; it plays through the TV. I will lose some convenience but I'm not destitute. Oh well.
post #157 of 710
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Unfortunately, it's time to send my OPPO BDP-83 off for repair. For 3 months now, it has been misbehaving. After turning on the player, I hit OPEN/CLOSE and the player begins to load a disc instead of the tray opening! On the third try the tray opens as it should; I put my disc in and from there the 83 performs properly. It doesn't matter whether it's via remote or manually, I get the same result. Now, if I start with OPEN/CLOSE rather than the power button the tray comes out right away as the unit powers up. Neither rebooting (unplugging then plugging back in) nor a firmware update solved the problem, as the 83 behaved the first time afterward, then went back to its wayward ways. I have my RMA number and plan to get the 83 off this week.

So if I want to watch DVDs or BDs I have my 09, connected to the main system, and my Marantz DV8400 is still connected, though not to the system; it plays through the TV. I will lose some convenience but I'm not destitute. Oh well.

Sorry to hear about the malfunctioning Oppo. Even the best components are not immune to the wear and tear of regular use. I hope they hurry up and fix it so you can go back to enjoying your system. You will probably appreciate the system even more once you get it back, and hear what you've been missing for the time the Oppo was away.
post #158 of 710
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Sorry to hear about the malfunctioning Oppo. Even the best components are not immune to the wear and tear of regular use. I hope they hurry up and fix it so you can go back to enjoying your system. You will probably appreciate the system even more once you get it back, and hear what you've been missing for the time the Oppo was away.
I like the convenience of watching discs straight through the TV rather than having to fire up the entire system; "quickie" viewing, I call it. But since I replaced the two pair of B&Ks (which I still need to do something with) with the Macs, firing up the system is easier, so it's not too bad. But since I'm not willing to reconfigure the 09 every time I want to watch something through a different route and the Marantz isn't a BD player, it will be a bit different.

Now I see the forecast calls for rain the next couple of days; I don't want to wrestle with the box in the rain, so I'll perhaps box the 83 today and at the earliest opportunity for good weather take it to FedEx.
post #159 of 710
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Ok, I got the Oppo off this afternoon. It's on its way back via FedEx.
post #160 of 710
Ive said it in my thread Prepress but I wish it in yours Happy Easter my friend.
post #161 of 710
Hey Charles, I hope you have a Happy Easter!!
post #162 of 710
Happy Easter, prepress.
post #163 of 710
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Happy Easter, prepress.

The same to you Waboman.
post #164 of 710
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We are hoping that everyone's Easter was a blessed one. No ODs on chocolate, extreme fatigue due to egg hunts and such.

Mine was quiet. I went to church in the AM, stopped for some groceries on the way home (shouldn't have gotten those potato chips) and tried to rest, as I had a headache by the afternoon. I did watch a DVD of Handel's Messiah, preceeded by Mets vs. Diamondbacks on TV. From there, I took it easy, because it felt like I was coming down with something, allergy or cold I don't know. I still have it. Being cautious, I'll skip exercise and take it easy tonight. Hey, maybe I'll watch something or listen to music. How's that for a novel idea?
post #165 of 710
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We are hoping that everyone's Easter was a blessed one. No ODs on chocolate, extreme fatigue due to egg hunts and such.

Mine was quiet. I went to church in the AM, stopped for some groceries on the way home (shouldn't have gotten those potato chips) and tried to rest, as I had a headache by the afternoon. I did watch a DVD of Handel's Messiah, preceeded by Mets vs. Diamondbacks on TV. From there, I took it easy, because it felt like I was coming down with something, allergy or cold I don't know. I still have it. Being cautious, I'll skip exercise and take it easy tonight. Hey, maybe I'll watch something or listen to music. How's that for a novel idea?
Certainly is. We went to church in the morning but definitely no OD on chocolate I wasn't ready to chase after Kids buzzing on chocolate especially after the big lunch and the big dinner.
post #166 of 710
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And I did watch and listen to stuff last night. Excerpts from Time-Life's Singers and Songwriters CD set, Heart's Dreamboat Annie LP, and ELP's 1977 performance at Montreal's Olympic Stadium (over 70,000 people!).

While I don't feel any different from last night as far as the allergy/cold goes, I got the news that Oppo has my BDP-83 and is working on it. Turnaround is usually 1-2 days, and they'll repair or replace as needed, update firmware, clean it and let me know when it's coming back. That sounds nice.

And as I say, at least make sure it's dark chocolate when the kids buzz. It's healthier.
post #167 of 710
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And I did watch and listen to stuff last night. Excerpts from Time-Life's Singers and Songwriters CD set, Heart's Dreamboat Annie LP, and ELP's 1977 performance at Montreal's Olympic Stadium (over 70,000 people!).

While I don't feel any different from last night as far as the allergy/cold goes, I got the news that Oppo has my BDP-83 and is working on it. Turnaround is usually 1-2 days, and they'll repair or replace as needed, update firmware, clean it and let me know when it's coming back. That sounds nice.

And as I say, at least make sure it's dark chocolate when the kids buzz. It's healthier.

Didnt know dark chocolate was healthier. Thanks for that prepress.
post #168 of 710
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Didnt know dark chocolate was healthier. Thanks for that prepress.

Yes, dark chocolate has flavonoids, which function like antioxidants. These are supposed to be beneficial to the heart and help with blood pressure. Of course, that doesn't mean you can get away with eating pounds at a time.
post #169 of 710
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Yes, dark chocolate has flavonoids, which function like antioxidants. These are supposed to be beneficial to the heart and help with blood presure. Of course, that doesn't mean you can get away with eating pounds at a time.

Oh now you tell me ( already eating enormous amount of dark chocolate )
post #170 of 710
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Yes, dark chocolate has flavonoids, which function like antioxidants. These are supposed to be beneficial to the heart and help with blood pressure. Of course, that doesn't mean you can get away with eating pounds at a time.

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Oh now you tell me ( already eating enormous amount of dark chocolate )

Ya gotta love the dark chocolate. It's medicinal.
post #171 of 710
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Dark chocolate-covered nuts. That's the way to go. The cashews are especially dangerous. Man, they're good. Never have a big bag of those with you as a secondary activity.
post #172 of 710
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Dark chocolate-covered nuts. That's the way to go. The cashews are especially dangerous. Man, they're good. Never have a big bag of those with you as a secondary activity.

You now are you purposely trying to make me hungry prepress?
post #173 of 710
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You now are you purposely trying to make me hungry prepress?

No. According to post #169, you're already taking care of it. Just don't grab a bag of them with your favorite movie .
post #174 of 710
Hey Charles, sorry that you are a little under the weather. Maybe it is just being without the Oppo. She'll be back soon and you should be back to feeling better. Have you bought any new BDs to try out once the player gets back?
post #175 of 710
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Hey Charles, sorry that you are a little under the weather. Maybe it is just being without the Oppo. She'll be back soon and you should be back to feeling better. Have you bought any new BDs to try out once the player gets back?

In fact, I just got an e-mail that the 83 is repaired and ready for return. I'm to receive another e-mail notification when it actually ships, along with a tracking number. Oddly enough, I haven't missed the Oppo that much. The convenience of it, sure, but playing the full system with the 09 makes up for it. I think I rediscovered some of my laserdiscs as a result, too. Dropping in a DVD/BD to play straight to the TV made me a bit lazy, I think.

I actually have BDs I haven't watched yet, or not all the way through. Never got around to them. The 83, like my 09, won't lack for anything to do for sure.
post #176 of 710
Hello Prepress!

How's life my friend. I see that you were a little under the weather. That happens often when a beloved device like the Oppo BDP-83 has to be sent away for a repair/servicing!

Anyway, I just thought I'd stop by to say "Hello!"
post #177 of 710
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Hello ld,

Yes, another cold, almost on the heels of the last one; I never really got rid of the cough from that one, though.

I'll be curious as to what was up with the 83. But I'd been neglecting the rest of my system in favor of the convenience I have with the 83 going to the TV. That should change, I think.
post #178 of 710
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And another e-mail came in last night. The Oppo has shipped.
post #179 of 710
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And another e-mail came in last night. The Oppo has shipped.

Good to hear prepress. Mine should arrive Monday.
post #180 of 710
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On the home front, My OPPO 83 came back today, along with a report of what happened with it. Having confirmed the problem (when pressing OPEN on the first try, the player would try to load a disc instead of opening), Oppo repaired the loader frame (not sure what that is), updated the firmware and tested the player before returning it. And having unpacked and re-installed it, the 83 it behaved properly during the brief time I used it. More to come, as I use it again over the next few days.

I've decided that I don't want my Duo VP sitting on top of it any more, as I didn't realize the Duo puts out some heat through the vents underneath, more than through the top. A system reconfig is in order.
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