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    What "tweak" gave you the "most bang for your buck"?

    After speaker placement, balanced power did it for me.
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    Amp Question and Advice

    Your power is not directly additive but you do have some options. You might be able to bi-amp in one of two ways using your Marantz and an external amp. The first would involve using an active crossover and this option could only be used if you have "pre out & main in" jacks on your...
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    Buying AV Rack furniture online?

    I bought a Target rack from HCM. Great price and no problems. I don't know about actual furniture though. http://www.hcmaudio.com/type.asp?hdn...quipment+Racks
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    given the chance to start from scratch.

    In my opinion most amps of a given quality are pretty much the same. A Krell will be close to a Pass, an Adcom to a Parasound and a B&K to Rotel etc etc. Now will a Rotel sound the same as a Levinson...up to you and your ears. The pre/pro does so many things to the signal be it an analog input...
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    Cleaning up tuner "noise"

    A better antenna will help to an extent but a better tuner will probably help more. A really good reasonably price model are the modified ones from Antenna Performance Systems. http://www.antennaperformance.com/
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    HDTV Tuners

    John, I'm a little jealous, I'm 25 miles away right across the border and don't have cable available at all. If the cable system provides all of the HD channels you want then it is an option. Of course, you are paying $50 a month for this option. While receiving OTA isn't free (cost of STB...
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    What's the best and most reasonably priced HD satellite receiver for DirectTV?

    Alex, You need to read up on these STB and decide what features you want and then find the model that fits your needs. A more expensive model is not inherently better then a less expensive model. AVS is AV Science another website devoted to all things HT. You can find it at www.avsforum.com
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    given the chance to start from scratch.

    For HT it is most definitely screen size. A front projector with an average sound system will be a better experience then a 36" screen with a high-end system. For me it would be TV, Speakers, prepro, amp, and sources. For a music system it is the speakers then preamp/sources then amp. IMHO
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    Sub amp

    I used a bridged pair of channels from a Cinepro 2K5II. 750 watts into 4 ohms.
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    Refurbished or not to

    I've bought a number of things over the years as B stock or refurbs. In theory they should last longer then a new unit because the first point of failure has been found and fixed.
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    What is the Danger?

    I have to disagree with Bob, bigger is not always needed. If you are going to run less then 100'(for each speaker, not total) or have less then 1,800 watts of power then 14 gage will work and still have lots of ability left to handle more power. To give you an idea, the wire that is supplying...
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    Crossover setting

    Set all your speakers to small with a 60-100 hz crossover point. You'll have to play around to see what setting sounds best to you.
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    Please help: Confused about HT amps!

    From what I have seen most people who are using a receiver as the pre/pro with a separate amp are in the process of upgrading to a full separate system. If you are just starting out I would advise living with your system to hear what the limitations are and what you want to improve/change. This...
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    Placing surrounds...and 6th channel

    Ricky, If your couch is against the wall, where exactly did you put your rear center speaker? On the floor in front of the couch?
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    You Spin Me Right Round Baby Right Round

    Pioneer PL-L1000 direct drive straight line tracking with an AT OC9 moving coil..........and 2500 albums to use it with.