Originally Posted by rmgthatsme
(1) Can I continue to use this as my CD/DVD player? What connections do I need to look for on the back of the unit to tell whether this is possible? Real NOOB huh!
Just make sure it has a digital output. If you want to play SACDs or DVD-As at full resolution, you'll need analog outs which it probably won't have.
(2) I have been inspired by this thread and the reviews I have read to possibly buy a replacement speaker and reciever set. I will buy either a pair of NHT Classic 4's, 1 3C3 and a pair of C3's to be powered by a Yamaha rx v2700 or a pair of Mirage OMD 15, 1 OMD C2 and a pair of OMD 5 & Mirage S12. I heard the latter system in a great listening room presented by a very experienced and friendly technician. He works for the main importer and does not work on commission so no sales pitch just a demo. The sound experience was wonderful (maybe not surprising given my current equipment).
Mirages have a nice sound and are going to vary more by room and setup. When setup well, they sound great. They rely on the walls more, so spacing is critical. They embellish a bit with more added ambience, but it can be very pleasant. The thing is to listen to all kinds of music to see if the effect works for you generally or not
I heard the NHT setup today at another dealer but it was really dissapointing. The salesman said it wasn't setup properly because I asked him to disconnect the subwoofer (not necessary according to this thread?) and also substitute the M5 rears originally wired up as surrounds with the C3s.
Keep in mind, the NHTs do have almost the opposite sound. Leaner, cleaner, technically more correct, IMO, but less colored, less embellished. Sometimes that does sound disappointing at first. Remember though to listen to the music, not the speakers!!! Then it gets more interesting. They're very clean and detailed, but with not obvious coloration except for a bit of bass heft, they can sound kinda flat on some discs, especially some surround DVDs. But they can also sound like they cost 5 times what they do at times.
My question is will the Yamaha I can afford work well with the NHT setup? My problem is that I will not be able to tell after my re-audition how much of an influence the reciever used (Naim) has instead of the Yamaha.
It should do fine within reasonable volumes.
(3) The Mirage system sounded really "airy" with a really vivid soundstage with music and in movies incredible surround sound effects and thumping bass explosions etc. Just in case the guy on Saturday doesn't manage to setup the NHT system well, does anyone have an idea how the NHT compares with the Mirage system? The NHT salesman doesn't inspire confidence in all honesty compared to the Mirage tech guy.
Mirage is always going to sound airy, even when they're not *supposed* to. The NHTs can sound quite airy if it's in the recording, but won't if it's not. Go by what your ears tell you, unless they'll let you take a set home for further study. I do say that NHTs are speakers that you can grow into and appreciate more and more over time, but they're a bit of culture shock at first.