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    floor standers for $300 CAD, need guidance please!

    You could also check out some Dahlquist bookshelf speakers as well, not sure of the newer model numbers, mine are Qx-6's from a year and a half ago. They have several options you could go with and should be well within your budget. I know they sell then in Ottawa, not sure if there's a place in...
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    Joined The Yamaha C-750 Owner's Club

    Why yes I did. Really enjoying the sound too. Good luck with you TV, it's brutal when it goes on the fritz. Cheers, Steve
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    Kudos to Best Buy Canada

    In their recent flyer here in Calgary, they actually advertised both SACD and DVD-Audio!! They have the best selection in the city that I'm aware of and actually put some great albums on sale too. Finally picked up Fleetwood Mac's Rumours for a fair price. I hope they continue to bring in more...
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    Joined The Yamaha C-750 Owner's Club

    Picked one up to try out on Monday. I have previously tried the Pioneer 578 and the Marantz 7500 for comparison's sake. I bought this player mainly for Hi-Res audio, so I won't be saying much if anything about the video side. Seems this one could be a keeper. PROS : - Sound is very...
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    See what song was at the top of the charts on the day you were born

    Mine are US- " Kiling Me Softly With His Love", Roberta Flack UK - "Cum On Feel The Noise", Slade
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    Calgary Stores, help me find a good one.

    Hey John, There's quite a few places in Calgary to try, for some higher end stuff, General Audio ( as mentioned ), K & W Audio, Smart Home Systems, Holmes Theater and Automation. A&B Sound can be good to deal with. Soundsaround has a crappy return policy IMO, but a good selection of mid-fi...
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    Trying Out a Marantz DV-6500

    Hey Paul, how's things in Montreal?? We have finally hit the deep-freeze for weather here outside of Cowtown. I think the 6500 handles bass management the same way as the 6400. I don't think I can tell whether or not the delays are applied to SACD, my room is relatively small, 17' X 11'...
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    Trying Out a Marantz DV-6500

    Hi Rob. The manual for the DV6500 states that it crosses over at 100hz for dvd audio if your speakers are set to small and the sub is on. It makes no mention of what it uses for SACD. I do want cheap i-link but my receiver doesn't have it and I'm not in any other need to upgrade it at this point...
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    Trying Out a Marantz DV-6500

    Picked up a Marantz DV6500 universal player a few days ago to see how it performs with DVD Audio and SACD. The only other universal player I have tried is the Pioneer 578a and the Marantz definitely sounds better. It must have to do with being able to adjust individual channel levels and...
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    Does SACD really have a future?

    As a new participant in the Hi-Res audio market, I must agree that the marketing of it is deplorable. Record companies, electronics makers, stores .... barely a whisper that the formats even exist. I only have 10 discs of SACD and/or DVD Audio and I am far from an audiophile but I can sure...
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    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    After much more listening and re-listening, I am convinced of the sonic superiority of the two hi-res formats. I am also convinced that the quality of the recording process can vary greatly, just like redbook cd's. I think I'll be returning the Pioneer 578a and perhaps try out a Marantz or...
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    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    Thanks again everybody. The differences are becoming more noticable and I'm going to continue to play around with the settings and just listen to the music for another couple of weeks. Cheers, Steve
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    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    Very informative post Paul. I would love to have a player and receiver with i-link, firewire, or whatever the electronics maker wish to call it ;) . I would also love to not have to upgrade some of the larger more expensive components of my home theater every 2 years just to have the latest...
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    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    Robert, yes I've got it hooked up via the analog outs to my Yamaha RX-V 3300's 6ch input. From there the receiver applies no processing, no dsp's, no bass management. The Pioneer 578 diplays what track, time, and what resolution you are listening to, either 96khz/24bit 3.2/1 or 2ch or...
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    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    I went out and bought the Pioneer 578A at Best Buy for $180CAD just to test the waters of the formats. After listening to the few discs I have, Hotel California - Eagles DVD-Audio, and Up - Shania Twain SACD, ( added "Shaman" from Santana, "When I look In Your Eyes" Diana Krall, and "30 #1's...
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