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  1. Al.Anderson

    Please help - Bowers & Wilkins receiver

    You have good speakers, and with high sensitivity they don't need more amplification. If you haven't run the YPAO set-up start there. Otherwise ... this might be hard. If they're close to the wall, move them out if you can (a foot or so if you can); space almost always helps. And if you haven't...
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    Large Room: Speaker and Subwoofer Recommendations

    So much to cover here, so I'll just start and see far I get ... (1) The front (left, right, center) should be from the speaker line (not just brand); the idea is so the tonal characteristics are the same as a film sweeps back and forth. The rears/surround can be different since it's mostly...
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    Looking for Advice on Ripping my CD Collection

    You can point the server to anything that the hardware (PC) can see. So if you mean a USB drive on the PC, not a problem. Yes, you're right about that. If I'm listening to HiRes material and want to hear the HiResness I use the network function of my receiver and grab it right from my NAS...
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    Looking for Advice on Ripping my CD Collection

    I forgot to mention that within Plex you can group CDs if you like. It's not perfect (you lose the album artist and only see the CD name), but it helps for smaller groupings. If you look at the top row you'll see that, for instance, I put all my classical CDs in a separate grouping. The 2nd...
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    Looking for Advice on Ripping my CD Collection

    Wanting to use the same files for you car adds a wrinkle, so I'll leave that out for a minute. If you want to access your music from any home network location, use Plex on your PC. - Use EAC or dBpoweramp to rip your CDs to flac (do not rip as a single file). I use dBpoweramp and it creates...
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    Tuning Subwoofer... volume vs DB?

    I agree with JohnRice, but want to phrase it a little differently. Since the receiver adjustment is a calibration, not a volume preference for a specific source material, at least one of the speakers should ideally be set to 0 when you're done; e.g., when you're done calibrating, if you have...
  7. Al.Anderson

    Binding Posts and Raw Wire??

    Read this thread: https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/please-help-bowers-wilkins-receiver.370699/
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    Please help - Bowers & Wilkins receiver

    Normal speaker wire is fine. You don't have to break it apart; for instance, if you're going to use the banana plug for you connection to the receiver and the hole for the bi-amp, and both wires fit in the hole, then great ((the more stands the better). If not, don't worry about it either; and...
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    Why do they label the inputs on receivers

    I don't think there's a "good" reason, the manufacturers probably just felt that most non-geeks didn't want to go into the menu and manually name things, and that the names provided covered 80% of the cases.
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    Please help - Bowers & Wilkins receiver

    You don't really have to buy the official piece if you don't want to, just connect a wire between each of the posts (++, --). https://www.bowerswilkins.com/sites/default/files/2019-03/ENG_FP12432_DM604-S3_manual.pdf
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    Yamaha RX-A770 newbie question

    Great, I'm glad you got it working! I recommend you try turning YPAO volume on, it just makes things sound better at low volume.
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    Yamaha RX-A770 newbie question

    What 'Sound Program' are you using? If it's not on a "movie" selection (standard, adventure, drama), that could be the problem. Small/80 is pretty standard, so I wouldn't focus too much on that. Is it seeing all of your speakers? You can see this visually, but maybe run the tone check. Is...
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    What album do you tend to turn up?

    Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East Ana Popovic - Unconditional Chicago Transit Authority CSNY - 4 Way Street (disc 2) Derek Trucks Band - Live at the Georgia Theater Tab Benoit & Jimmy Thackery - Whiskey Store Live And this one is weird, but ... Rachmaninov Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4...
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    Weekly RoundUp 1-12-2021

    I was going to agree with Mike that it's at least in the running for The Most Boring Roundup; but I saw Crossroads, and that's one of my guilty pleasures. (And if it didn't have Macchio in the lead it might actually have been good.)
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    Panasonic DP-UB9000 usb drive question - newbie, natch.

    Some parts of the manual reference mkv, but others do not (I can't find the section again, but I saw it once). Also, there's this: MKV (Compression methods Video: H.264/HEVCAudio: AAC, PCM, Vorbis, FLAC) Some MKV files may not be played back correctly, depending on the video resolution, frame...