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  1. Ron Duca

    Win your choice of Dolby Atmos encoded Blu-ray

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    Win a copy of American Sniper on Blu-ray

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  3. Ron Duca

    Yamaha RX-A1000 Experts - Zone 2 EXTRA SP

    I will be connecting an RX-A1000 receiver to a 5-channel amplifier using the Front, Center and Surround Pre-Outs. HDMI video in from a Cable Box (DVR) and from a Blueray Player. HDMI video out to a Panasonic Plasma tv. While watching tv or Blueray in my living room, I would like to be able to...
  4. Ron Duca

    Any problems doing this?

    Dave (or anyone else), I believe you answered a similar question of mine, but I want to ask it in a slightly different way. I have a Toshiba SD-2815 DVD player connected as follows: DVD Optical out to Receiver DVD S-Video out to TV Occasionally, I'd like to watch some home movie...
  5. Ron Duca

    Tivo/DVR Question/Recommendation

    James C, I would call Pioneer back and question them again about this unit having "integrated TiVo". There is no mention of it on their web site. And, I just searched through the Owner's Manual, online, and "TiVo" is not mentioned at all. My bet is that this unit does not have TiVo.
  6. Ron Duca

    Mixing Ohms

    I've gone brain dead. I should know the answer to this question, but I cannot think. I have an Anthem MCA50 amplifier, 180x5. Can I connect 4 Ohm main speakers and 8 Ohm center and surround speakers without causing any problems? Are there any settings that need to be made on the amp?
  7. Ron Duca

    Integrating Subwoofer with Mains

    Since the volume of a powered subwoofer can be controlled by both a physical knob on the back of the sub and by a subwoofer volume setting within a receiver or pre/pro, it is my guess that the receiver or pre/pro setting should be set to its midpoint of the range and then the volume control on...
  8. Ron Duca

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.0 Thread

    Evan, I don't remember what the volume range is for the sub/lfe within the AVM 20. I'm referring to the one controlled by the "Setup/Sub/LFE" button on the remote. I currently have that level set to -4db. Anyway, should I set that level to the midpoint of the range and then adjust the volume...
  9. Ron Duca

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.0 Thread

    I'm looking for some information and/or advice regarding setting the "Bass Peak Level". On page 53 of my Operating Manual, the instructions say "...turn up the level of the test signal until distortion from the subwoofer begins to appear, then lower the level of the test signal until the...
  10. Ron Duca

    Leaving Electronics(Receivers, Amps) On All Day

    FYI... I sent a note to Anthem's technical support to find out what their position is regarding leaving my MCA 50 amp on 24/7. Here is their reply: "Leaving it on 24/7 isn't recommended simply because if there's a power interruption while you're out, or in the middle of the night, the...
  11. Ron Duca

    Leaving Electronics(Receivers, Amps) On All Day

    Related to this same subject... I have an Anthem MCA 50 amp, which has an "Auto-On" mode. In this mode, the amp is basically in "standby" mode until it receives a line signal from my pre/pro and then switches off 20 minutes after the signal stops. How "on" or warmed-up is my amp while in...
  12. Ron Duca

    Break-in Tendencies of Anthem’s MCA20/30/50

    John, I think the combination sounds great. I don't recall what make and model the speakers were that I demo'd the amp with. I know they were quite expensive, but I wasn't impressed with them as much as the saleman was. I recon I'll be keeping the set of Paradigms I have for a while so I...
  13. Ron Duca

    What's the difference between surge protector and line conditioner?

    Thanks for the information Chu. I'll do some research on the terms and brands you mentioned.
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    What's the difference between surge protector and line conditioner?

    Fact 1: I have a Panamax Max 5300 surge protector, and although it has two "High Current" outlets, it sometimes shuts down when my Anthem MCA 50 amp powers up. (Panamax knows of this and is working on a solution, albeit slow). Fact 2: I just had an electrician install a whole house surge...
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    Break-in Tendencies of Anthem’s MCA20/30/50

    John, Here is my equipment list: Anthem AVM 20 Anthem MCA 50 Amp Toshiba SD-2109 DVD Player Sony CDP-CA70ES CD Player Mitsubishi HSU570 VCR Sony KP-53V85 53" 4:3 Rear Projection TV Paradigm Monitor 9, Mains Paradigm CC-350, Center Paradigm Mini Monitor, Surrounds Paradigm PW-2200...
  16. Ron Duca

    Break-in Tendencies of Anthem’s MCA20/30/50

    John, Last May I purchased the MCA 50, which the 5 channel version in the MCA line. I too felt the original sound was bright and grainy in the upper frequencies. Even as the unit approached the recommended minimum 70 hour break-in period, I felt some uncertainty as to whether I had wasted my...
  17. Ron Duca

    Panamax 5300 - High-powered outlet problem

    Michele, I too have a Panamax 5300 and I have the same problem, although I only have one amp and a subwoofer connected to the High Current outlets. I have the 5300 triggered to be powered up by my Pre/Pro. I also have a 10 second delay set for the High Current outlets so that everything else...
  18. Ron Duca

    Anthem AVM 20 and Surge Protection

    Chu, What did you mean by your comment, "just don't hook a brickwall into a line where things are reversed"?
  19. Ron Duca

    Anthem AVM 20 and Surge Protection

    I currently have all of my audio and video equipment plugged into a Panamax 5300, including my amp and sub. Question: If I were to purchase a high current protector for my amp and sub only, Brickwall or PS Audio for example, and plug it into the same wall outlet as the Panamax, would this...
  20. Ron Duca

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.0 Thread

    Mike L, The serial number on the unit does match the one on the box. However, all of the accessories were in a sealed plastic bag. That means they would have had to "accidently" put those in the wrong box also. The more I think about this incident the more disgusted I become. This dealer...
  21. Ron Duca

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.0 Thread

    Michael,
  22. Ron Duca

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.0 Thread

    Michael,
  23. Ron Duca

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.0 Thread

    Michael, I did disconnect the cable, even from the surge protector. I had nothing plugged into either the AVM 20 or the TV except a video cable. I even disconnect the inputs to the amp; everything. Call me crazy, but my wife and I are both "brand new in-the-box" kind of people. I don't...
  24. Ron Duca

    Anthem AVM 20 and Surge Protection

    One thing I like about my Panamax 5300 is that I can run my CAVT line through it and I believe it actually helps the picture a little. One thing I don't like about it is, even though it has two high current outlets, whenever my amp powers up, it sometimes creates what they call an "Unsafe...
  25. Ron Duca

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.0 Thread

    Michael M, The serial number on my unit is 120833. Do you know what date it was manufactured? I e-mailed Anthem and they seem to think that at least the video problem could be a ground loop issue caused by my cable TV. Their response is posted later in this post. My cable is grounded to the...
  26. Ron Duca

    Anthem AVM 20 and Surge Protection

    Chu, Do you have any information or links on whole house surge protection?
  27. Ron Duca

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.0 Thread

    The unit is supposed to be a new version 1.1x that the dealer upgraded with a new board and software the day before I purchased it. I checked the status and it shows version 2.09. I also performed some more tests this morning. Concerning the monitor out issue, I connected a different video...
  28. Ron Duca

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.0 Thread

    All AVM 20 experts, I hooked up my new AVM 20 tonight and ran into a couple of glitches when I fired it up and put it through a few paces. I might mention that this unit was a version 1.1x and the dealer had just upgraded the DSP board and software, bringing it up to v2.0. I have the AVM...
  29. Ron Duca

    Anthem AVM 20 and Surge Protection

    ManojM, Do you still have your unit plugged directly into a wall outlet? If so, do you feel safe, surge wise, with it connected that way?
  30. Ron Duca

    Anthem AVM 20 and Surge Protection

    FYI... I e-mailed Anthem's Tech Support and asked about using the AVM 20 with a Surge/Power Protector, in particular the Panamax 5300, which is what I will be connecting it to. Here is their response: "The Panamax caused the standby fuse to blow before we changed the type, but it's OK now...
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