What's new

Recent content by Paul Clarke

  1. Paul Clarke

    Which do you prefer - and why? DLP, LCD, Plasma or Projection?

    I believe I may be the party to which Kevin is referring. When I first got my Zenith ED plasma I had the misfortune of waking to the menu of Sin City (of all things!) onscreen. And to make the story worse it happened on more than one occasion in the first month or two. I quickly got in the...
  2. Paul Clarke

    Which should I buy ...Harmon Kardon or Onkyo?

    In the HK's favor. I agree with the suggestion for the 635...or perhaps the 435. IMO you will not get a better receiver for that kind of money giving that kind of SQ. The EZSet/EQ alone is worth the price, considering what it can do with room issues affecting frequency response, especially...
  3. Paul Clarke


    Hi Tom, Heard this from the horse's mouth, so to speak, during numerous back and forths with BA people while I was contemplating these very purchases. Eric Pomerleau was my main contact but there were a few others. They are nice people to deal with but the jist of what is happening is this...
  4. Paul Clarke


    I would stand pat. While the closeout pricing is very tempting...I think it makes more sense for someone needing a substantial upgrade. Unless you have to have the Faroujda scaling in-receiver there really is no reason to go for the 7300 over what you already have. IMO the 7120 doesn't offer...
  5. Paul Clarke

    Opinions on the current 1call deal?

    For the money IMO the 7120 is still the best deal in terms of the BAs being closed out. It has the exact same AVP7 internals, no software or hardware differences. They call it an AVP7 with amping. 51.8lbs, half of it in the preamp - half in the amp. While the deal (which ended Friday night)...
  6. Paul Clarke

    Need advice on receiver/amp situation

    The first option seems most suited to your original purpose. I assume by traveling system you mean something set up in a Motor Home or Boat where you can better appreciate HT. NADs can have some flakey software issues at times but really deliver superb sound quality. One thing to consider: I...
  7. Paul Clarke

    RCA DLP for $1900- Any opinions?

    I have to agree with Tim. I love the PQ at the store for most RCAs especially the Sceniums but design quality and control seem to be lacking judging from all of the reported ownership issues. Do a web search on any model you are considering. It may well be problem free...but odds are against it...
  8. Paul Clarke

    AVR 7300 or Marantz SR8500

    Well, that is a difficult comparison to make...but I wouldn't say wacky. :D One is not only much more expensive but is also much more capable as a 7.1 AV receiver. The little Philips is strictly 2 channel Audio only...but as it has an AUX connection it could be used for TV sound as well as tied...
  9. Paul Clarke

    Harman Kardon AVR comparison

    If you are strictly 5.1 now and for the forseeable future, the 8000 is difficult to beat. Even moving to 7.1 is possible adding in a 2 channel amp. The quality of this piece is top notch. But Wayne is quite correct about the 635. It is hard to find a better buy for what you get at that price...
  10. Paul Clarke

    AVR 7300 or Marantz SR8500

    It is the Philips MCM530. Nothing special by any means...but amazing power. Originally I was looking to get a DVD/CD receiver combo as it made sense to move that feature into the bedroom for efficiency. My wife basically wanted smaller form factor and greater CD multi-play while not losing...
  11. Paul Clarke

    AVR 7300 or Marantz SR8500

    I have heard most of the current crop of Digi's. It is said that one either likes them or hates them. I would suspect that many of the haters come from the classic analog background and have a preference even though they utilize digital streams. I myself come from this group and were it not for...
  12. Paul Clarke

    Banana Plugs

    Opinions vary on all types of connectors. Some swear that spades are the ultimate. I use bananas for simplicity of use and notice no difference over bare wire or spades. But then it takes a true audiophile ear to take measure of these things...and apparently I don't have it. :D
  13. Paul Clarke

    AVR 7300 or Marantz SR8500

    Sure, it was a refurb from the HK Ebay store. Won it at a ridiculously low $575 bid. Kept waiting for it to go higher..never did. People must have been snoozing. So it was $603 delivered. The reasons for return were mostly cosmetic...not sound quality, I assure you. I am in the middle of...
  14. Paul Clarke

    AVR 7300 or Marantz SR8500

    When it comes to Marantz...gotta trust John. As to HK...if you must do something, consider this: The 7200 and 7300 are of course flagship units and you may well be a strictly flagship kind of guy. But while the 7300 has the Faroudja upconversion it lacks the EZ/EQ, 2 way video transcoding...
  15. Paul Clarke

    Harman Kardon Owners (& others): Please compare PLIIx vs. Logic 7

    Sean, Again, that is different. Virtually all HK's can take what is called Dolby Surround (2.0) and matrix it under Logic 7. But taking DD which is 5.1 and layering L7 over it to create 7.1 from DD is a unique feature. I had forgotten that the 635 now has been given that capability which was...