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post #331 of 3167
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Originally Posted by Mr. Fuzz View Post

Great setup.

EDIT: Nevermind....just watched your video and saw the cabling via XLR.


Do you think it would be beneficial to run a seperate 3 channel amp for a subwoofer setup that incorporates 2 subs and 6 Clark Synthesis TST209 Tactile Transducers installed in a sectional theater seating setup? A dedicated channel for each sub and then a seperate channel for the "thumpers"?

Rebuilding my humble system and thinking seriously about another sub and the "thumpers" along with a 5 channel Emotiva and 3 channel Emotive amp. Also, contemplating going with a pre-amp instead of entire receiver since there will be amplifiers to drive the speakers...it will only be utilized for watching movies and playing audio via I-pod dock.

Pre-Amp is a great way to go!! You'd be paying for pure processing power, as opposed to parts you won't use, which would be the case for a receiver, once you got your XPA-3 and XPA-5.

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Originally Posted by jproy13 View Post

I've seen your Youtube channel and now I see your stuff here and it's still as impressive as the first time I saw it on Youtube. The choice of your equipment speaks for your taste; Fantastic setup and fantastic equipment.
Well done.

Thanks for the kind words!!!
post #332 of 3167
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Pre-Amp is a great way to go!! You'd be paying for pure processing power, as opposed to parts you won't use, which would be the case for a receiver, once you got your XPA-3 and XPA-5.

Yes. One of the advantages of separates is the increased real estate devoted to the appropriate parts, and it usually means better parts. You gan get good preamps for reasonable money these days.
post #333 of 3167
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But alas--for the purposes of future-proofing, I've just ordered the Integra DHC-80.3 (4K upscaling and passthrough + new Burr-Brown 32-bit DACs and a superb MArvel Kyoto processor for any video sources that are NOT an Oppo device. lol.) Got $300 knocked off the price due to some necessary haggling.

If anybody in the DC/MD/VA area is interested in purchasing its predecessor--a 9-month old Integra DCH-80.2, let me know via PM.....
post #334 of 3167
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But alas--for the purposes of future-proofing, I've just ordered the Integra DHC-80.3 (4K upscaling and passthrough + new Burr-Brown 32-bit DACs and a superb MArvel Kyoto processor for any video sources that are NOT an Oppo device. lol.) Got $300 knocked off the price due to some necessary haggling.

If anybody in the DC/MD/VA area is interested in purchasing its predecessor--a 9-month old Integra DCH-80.2, let me know via PM.....

Good luck with the new purchase. I'm looking forward to your impressions. I just saw your youtube video from when you picked up the Denon 4310. I recently picked one up and was interested what issues you had with it? JT
post #335 of 3167
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Good luck with the new purchase. I'm looking forward to your impressions. I just saw your youtube video from when you picked up the Denon 4310. I recently picked one up and was interested what issues you had with it? JT

Greetings! the 4310 is a superb receiver/PreAmp.....I loved it's sound back when I shot that video and still do to this day. The only issue I had with it was the input-switcher failing--which I later found was my fault, since right behind the unit was my gaming PC--with 3 separate power supplies and and forward-facing exhaust...blowing hot air DIRECTLY into the back of the Denon. It's the best receiver I've ever owned, and I still use it in the media room upstairs. (I got it repaired under warranty and plan on using it for years!)
post #336 of 3167
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Greetings! the 4310 is a superb receiver/PreAmp.....I loved it's sound back when I shot that video and still do to this day. The only issue I had with it was the input-switcher failing--which I later found was my fault, since right behind the unit was my gaming PC--with 3 separate power supplies and and forward-facing exhaust...blowing hot air DIRECTLY into the back of the Denon. It's the best receiver I've ever owned, and I still use it in the media room upstairs. (I got it repaired under warranty and plan on using it for years!)

Thanks for the info on the 4310!! I've enjoyed your youtube channel and look forward to what will land next in you HT!!! JT
post #337 of 3167
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Thanks for the info on the 4310!! I've enjoyed your youtube channel and look forward to what will land next in you HT!!! JT

Appreciate the kind words about the Youtube Channel!!! After this 80.3 arrives, I really need to decide on some new speakers.
post #338 of 3167
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Appreciate the kind words about the Youtube Channel!!! After this 80.3 arrives, I really need to decide on some new speakers.

You already got the 80.3!
post #339 of 3167
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You already got the 80.3!

But alas, 'tis the 80.2 that I already have. The 80.3 was ordered today!!!
post #340 of 3167
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Today is the day the Integra DHC-80.3 should arrive at the dealer!!! I will be lost in the movies Thor, Super 8, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and countless music sources this weekend. I look forward to using the upscaling chips with games, in particular.
post #341 of 3167
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Today is the day the Integra DHC-80.3 should arrive at the dealer!!! I will be lost in the movies Thor, Super 8, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and countless music sources this weekend. I look forward to using the upscaling chips with games, in particular.

Be prepared. While watching Thor, one of the explosions dislodged the box my router was in from the top of a speaker and tossed it to the floor. And I don't have subs.
post #342 of 3167
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Be prepared. While watching Thor, one of the explosions dislodged the box my router was in from the top of a speaker and tossed it to the floor. And I don't have subs.

Yikes....I was getting ready to watch this one for the first time after getting new speakers and having everything calibrated...
post #343 of 3167
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Yikes....I was getting ready to watch this one for the first time after getting new speakers and having everything calibrated...

The router wasn't in the box, I should add. But if you're calibrated, that's a good thing. You're ready, I'd think.
post #344 of 3167
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Be prepared. While watching Thor, one of the explosions dislodged the box my router was in from the top of a speaker and tossed it to the floor. And I don't have subs.

Ahhhhh, Thor will be the first movie I experience on the 80.3....does it contain a better bass track than Tron? I saw it in the movie theater during its theatrical run, but the crossovers were not setup properly.
post #345 of 3167
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Integra 80.3 impressions:

the 80.3 is identical to the 80.2 as far as HDMI sound goes, but its analog sound has definitely improved.....and it's video processing has vastly improved. It includes a host of tweaks that improve video for every source--with the exception of the source associated with the Oppo BDP-95, for which I eschew additional processing. Its Audyssey setup is vastly improved as well.

All in all, if you don't plan on upgrading to a 4K projector in the near future and you own an 80.2, keep it. But if you plan on upgrading to a 4k projector soon, the 4k upscaling and 4k passthrough (for future 4k sources) make it a worthy upgrade.
post #346 of 3167
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Be prepared. While watching Thor, one of the explosions dislodged the box my router was in from the top of a speaker and tossed it to the floor. And I don't have subs.

I'm convinced Thor was originally mixed on a subwoofer, and then the sound was just expanded to the rest of the soundstage in post-post-post-production. Lol.....that movie was an a/v treat.
post #347 of 3167
I know we can't discuss price here but did you get a reasonable discount on the 80.3 or did you pay retail/near retail? Just curious. I have an 80.1 and thinking about pulling the trigger...
post #348 of 3167
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I know we can't discuss price here but did you get a reasonable discount on the 80.3 or did you pay retail/near retail? Just curious. I have an 80.1 and thinking about pulling the trigger...

Greetings! I did indeed get a great discount. After some convincing, I got the sales guy to drop the price of the 80.3 closer to original retail cost of the 80.2. Although I added the justification that I had to have the 80.2 repaired within a year of purchase, and that I purchased it from them. I would definitely suggest purchasing an 80.3 from the dealer who sold you your 80.1. This may provide some bargaining clout for your loyalty.
post #349 of 3167
Congrats on the new Integra, that's a nice piece of equipment!
post #350 of 3167
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Congrats on the new Integra, that's a nice piece of equipment!

Thanks man! I am truly enjoying it! After much pondering, I've decided the next upgrade will need to be speakers. I (and my equipment) am outgrowing my beloved Klipsch RF-82 towers...
post #351 of 3167
Brolic, do you like Halo?

Merry Christmas!!
post #352 of 3167
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Brolic, do you like Halo?

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas DDGTR! Hope you had an excellent Christmas.

Yes, I am indeed a Halo fan. I currently own the following Halo games:

ALL OF THEM!!!! Lol

...except for the strategy game.
post #353 of 3167
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Putting things into perspective......Battlefield 3:



The Integra DHC-80.3. The only physical differences between the 80.2 and the 80.3 are 1) The removal of the red status light on the front panel, and 2) the removal of the analog "Tape" input.

post #354 of 3167
Of course, the angle in that last photo is for dramatic effect.
post #355 of 3167
Great setup Brolic! Read your entire thread with much interest. Last spring I upgraded to an Emotiva XPA-3 to run my fronts, Polk Monitor 40s and CS-20 center and power my surrounds with my AVR. I was using my Pioneer Elite VSX-32 AVR to run all my speakers but after incorporating the XPA-3 to run my fronts I have noticed a HUGE difference! A substantial gain in imaging, soundstage depth, dynamics, and detail at low and reference levels. Gobs of power!m I'm getting ready to upgrade speakers to Klipsch RF-82IIs, RC-62 II, and RS-62 IIs. I had a question. I noticed the noise floor of the XPA-3 is just a tad noisy, as when I place my ear against my left or right tweeter I can hear a slight hiss. Do you hear a hiss thru your XPA-5? Once again it's only when I place my hear within a foot of my tweeter. I was thinking that if I hear a hiss with my low sensitivity Polks, it may increase when I get the much higher sensitive Klipschs. Any thoughts? Thanks man and really great setup!
post #356 of 3167
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Great setup Brolic! Read your entire thread with much interest. Last spring I upgraded to an Emotiva XPA-3 to run my fronts, Polk Monitor 40s and CS-20 center and power my surrounds with my AVR. I was using my Pioneer Elite VSX-32 AVR to run all my speakers but after incorporating the XPA-3 to run my fronts I have noticed a HUGE difference! A substantial gain in imaging, soundstage depth, dynamics, and detail at low and reference levels. Gobs of power!m I'm getting ready to upgrade speakers to Klipsch RF-82IIs, RC-62 II, and RS-62 IIs. I had a question. I noticed the noise floor of the XPA-3 is just a tad noisy, as when I place my ear against my left or right tweeter I can hear a slight hiss. Do you hear a hiss thru your XPA-5? Once again it's only when I place my hear within a foot of my tweeter. I was thinking that if I hear a hiss with my low sensitivity Polks, it may increase when I get the much higher sensitive Klipschs. Any thoughts? Thanks man and really great setup!

Hey Reddig, I think the hiss you're hearing has more to do with how the Pioneer functions as a Preamp for those front three, and less to do with the amp itself. Maybe some other experts can chime in on this, but I dont think it's the XPA-3 that's noisy. I get a veryyyyyy low hiss through the tweeters if I place my ears within an inch of the tweeter horn, but it's not noticeable outside of that inch or two. Do you currently hear any hiss from your surrounds if you put your ear against their tweeters? If so, then it's probably the Pioneer. Preamps have a pretty significant effect on noise-floor.
post #357 of 3167
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Hey Reddig, I think the hiss you're hearing has more to do with how the Pioneer functions as a Preamp for those front three, and less to do with the amp itself. Maybe some other experts can chime in on this, but I dont think it's the XPA-3 that's noisy. I get a veryyyyyy low hiss through the tweeters if I place my ears within an inch of the tweeter horn, but it's not noticeable outside of that inch or two. Do you currently hear any hiss from your surrounds if you put your ear against their tweeters? If so, then it's probably the Pioneer. Preamps have a pretty significant effect on noise-floor.

Thanks Brolic. Appreciate your help. Keep in mind that the hiss I'm hearing is very very slight. I have to put my head really close to hear the hiss. I said within a foot but 4-6 inches would be more accurate. I'm also very OCD lol. It is by far not even close to an issue. On my surrounds there is an even lower level hiss that you have to put your ear on the tweeter to notice. But it's there. Your prolly correct that the Pioneer is causing it. Its pre-amp section could be and more than likely is introducing noise. I know the noise floor on my Pioneer is much lower than my previous Onkyo AVRs. I wonder what I'd hear if I stuck my ear next to the tweeter of a speakr hooked to higher end amp like Classe or Anthem and the likes? I haven't had much experience with hi-end gear. Anyway thanks again. I want in the future to get an XPA-2 and a dedicated pre-pro after I buy new speakers.
post #358 of 3167
After checking with my RCA cables disconnected from my AVR the hiss is unchanged so that rules out the Pioneer in this case.
post #359 of 3167
@ Reddig. The hiss you're hearing it's normal. Even higher end gear have it. I hear it on my Pass, but only when I glue my ear to the tweeter. At 4 inches it's gone. However, when I hook up the speakers to the Onkyo directly, the hiss is a bit more pronounced and it increases as I turn up the volume (no music, of course).
post #360 of 3167
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@ Reddig. The hiss you're hearing it's normal. Even higher end gear have it. I hear it on my Pass, but only when I glue my ear to the tweeter. At 4 inches it's gone. However, when I hook up the speakers to the Onkyo directly, the hiss is a bit more pronounced and it increases as I turn up the volume (no music, of course).

ddgtr,

Thanks for providing your perspective. I suppose zero noise floor is an impossibility. When reviewers discuss equipment having zero noise floor, they probably just mean zero noise floor from the listening position.
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