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  1. Rob Roth

    Surround sound Vs Two channel

    A larger space would be beneficial for those mch recordings that reproduce mainly ambience in the surrounds since the 'size' would be reinforced. However, mch recordings which are 'middle of the band' run the risk of sounding incoherent- two of the musicians are far separated from the others. In...
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    Flagship receiver as a core

    For what it's worth, I was told by one sales type that the pre/pro outputs on receivers that would allow one to connect outboard amps ARE NOT equivalent to the output stages that drive the internal amps. Why this would be is a mystery to me since the dollars saved would not be that great- or...
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    I need a good, sub-$100 DVD player

    Buy used. There have to be a few million 2nd generation or newer DVD players floating around. I've got a spare Sony 560D (original retail $500) that has a full set of analog outs and all other features. Not a bad unit at the time...
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    What I would change about SACD players

    Whether or not David Chesky is succesful advocating his paradigm, I am glad that he is speaking the simple truth; 5.1 was 'developed' for movies, not music.
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    What I would change about SACD players

    Rachael, If the processor can take 5.1 input and a.) create an effective phantom center, and b.) distribute the LFE among 4 full range speakers we can have the following benefits: Only need to buy and position 4 speakers- no center and sub Only need 4 channels of amplification- 2 good...
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    What I would change about SACD players

    Phillip, I agree with much of your last post- hence my dissatisfaction. I can do a good job of positioning my L and R to produce correct tonal balance and center imaging. It's not perfect because the monitor is between them but moving the speakers a bit forward is ok. But the only way to...
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    a Classical Music discussion

    I know composers recycle themes and melodies but Zimmer is the General Motors of film scoring; one platform for all vehicles. Worse, we went to see Sum of All Fears and 3 of the previews had the Gladiator 'Mars' Theme in the background. I shudder to think.... On the plus side I picked up Vol...
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    Question about CD output

    How would a receiver accomplish multizone operation with a single set of DACS?
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    a Classical Music discussion

    John Williams is a gateway drug.
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    what is the improvement over speakers from 10 years ago?

    Computer modeling and testing (mlssa) results in better focused R&D. The availability of high quality drivers from specialty mfrs. reduces mfr. investment in plant. New driver materials take advantage of rapid progress in materials sciences. Better time alignment and phase coherence has helped...
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    Question about CD output

    Think of it this way: A manufacturer has a receiver with, say, 5-8 digital inputs. Each requires DACS, and analog inputs may require ADCs. How much can the mfr. spend on these devices? A CD player can have one good set of DACS without busting the bank. A second consideration is jitter...
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    What I would change about SACD players

    Rachael, Sorry if I hijacked your thread for a rant. I realize my priorities may be different from others' and are not inherently better. I just don't think that lack of BM is a great criticism of a SACD player, anymore than I wouild want tone controls on a preamp. I agree some of the...
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    What I would change about SACD players

    I guess my main concern is that SACD and DVDA are going to be so compromised to serve a mass market (read HT) that the sound will be sacrificed to gimmicks and 'features'. Of course some 'audiophile' units may still be built, but their limited production will ensure high prices and a further...
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    What I would change about SACD players

    And I would prefer that a Mercedes was in my driveway rather than the Bonneville I know is there. But the point is not limited budgets; I personally chose to forego a new monitor in favor of full range speakers. The point is that the new technologies are being held hostage to the dominant fact...
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    Pioneer DV-47A

    I and others have posted extensively on this forum about this machine. Suggest you search under: 47A or just 47. You can also find lots of comments over on AudioAsylum. Very quickly; I think this is a fine machine for exploring multichannel sound. It is also a great 1st piece in an HT set up...
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