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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...
  2. Rob Roth

    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...
  3. Rob Roth

    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...
  4. Rob Roth

    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.
  5. Rob Roth

    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...
  6. Rob Roth

    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...
  7. Rob Roth

    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...
  8. Rob Roth

    Question about CD output

    How would a receiver accomplish multizone operation with a single set of DACS?
  9. Rob Roth

    a Classical Music discussion

    John Williams is a gateway drug.
  10. Rob Roth

    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...
  11. Rob Roth

    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...
  12. Rob Roth

    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...
  13. Rob Roth

    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...
  14. Rob Roth

    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...
  15. Rob Roth

    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...
  16. Rob Roth

    What I would change about SACD players

    I'm very aware that many, if not most, have sub-sat systems. This is exactly what the 2ch guys have been saying for years: The money required to set up 5+ channels reduces the amount that could be spent on a good quality 2ch rig. There is the further problem that most limited range multichannel...
  17. Rob Roth

    Nice experiance at tweeter...

    Tweeter got me started in the 'serious' phase of this hobby. I was also turned on to Sonus Faber speakers and have purchased several pairs since. I also bought two REL subwoofers from Tweeter and various other pieces. Some hints: Tweeter doesn't discount often but if you can build a...
  18. Rob Roth

    a Classical Music discussion

    One rant: How does Hans Zimmer get away with it?
  19. Rob Roth

    a Classical Music discussion

    What a great thread. I would certainly appreciate a separate forum since the many themes (no pun) introduced on this thread indicate the vast range of topics available. Note also the length of many contributions; it seems many members have long pent up comments they wish to make. I am not a...
  20. Rob Roth

    What I would change about SACD players

    I wouldn't scream too loud for the "bass management" feature. I've never heard one yet that didn't impose some amount of fidelity loss. I rarely use mine- only on those very few films with enormous (should I say exaggerated?) bass. Otherwise I run my Sonus Fabers as full range, if low freq. roll...
  21. Rob Roth

    SURVEY: Do you notice a big difference in $10K+ speakers vs. more affordable ones?

    Jack, Perhaps the problem is your phrase "most audiophiles". There is a subset who nervously play the same 5 'reference discs' repeatedly after tweaking their systems. These poor souls exult when a new component or tweak 'reveals' some detail of music, but spend more time agonizing about what...
  22. Rob Roth

    SURVEY: Do you notice a big difference in $10K+ speakers vs. more affordable ones?

    many high-end speaker lines have an idiosyncratic sound that may, or may not, please a person's ears. I think it is very hard to compare, say, a 20K speaker from one manufacturer's line with a 5k speaker from another manufacturer. More telling, IMO, is progression within a given line. I...
  23. Rob Roth

    DVDA availability from DVD Planet

    Now that I've the 47A, I've been looking for more DVDA discs. To my surprise DVD Planet, which early on carried DVDA titles, now lists many titles as 'out of stock'. Is this because there is a production constraint or is DVD Planet not restocking? Not trying to start rumours, really just looking...
  24. Rob Roth

    If not the 47A, what is best DVDA player?

    Phil, As always you are a couple steps ahead. Thanks much for the info. I also noticed an improvement with the 47A, which I'm going to keep for awhile, when I improved the power. Running it from the PSAudio P300 helped quite a bit. I also put on a short length, 14 ga. PC that came with a...
  25. Rob Roth

    Bob Stuart (Meridian) issues denial of Stereophile story

    It seems to me that Harley and Atkinson have tough balancing acts to perform. Each has competing constituencies who jealously count pages given to 'rival' formats and are ready to cancel subscriptions. Reber has it easier; after his latest purge (Hardesty and Buettner) he can focus (no pun...)...
  26. Rob Roth

    If not the 47A, what is best DVDA player?

    I'll admit, or acknowledge, that my opinion of this layer has improved dramatically the last few days. Perhaps this is a function of extended break in. I've been driving Janice crazy (again) with repeated a/b ing. In my particular system the best sound seems to with the upsampling (Legato) set...
  27. Rob Roth

    Bob Stuart (Meridian) issues denial of Stereophile story

    There's an ancient wisdom that says something about the mouse running for cover when the elephants rumble.... Still, I'll take my chances and try to get a word in between salvos. I can easily believe that a reporter went off half-cocked; saw this all the time in DC. But I don't think...
  28. Rob Roth

    Sony to release two ES integrated SACD/DVD receivers.

    I agree with Jack that this is not a product aimed at HT'philes who already have many $$ in power amps and separates. I also doubt very much that 5.1 provision for DVDA will be included. But still the good news remains; Sony may not be doing all we wish on the software side but they are...
  29. Rob Roth

    If not the 47A, what is best DVDA player?

    I've been using the 47A for over two weeks now and, while it has many virtues and I would recommend it to many, my Sony 9000ES does most of what the 47A does- and does it consistently better. I still might keep this player but I was wondering if it would make more sense to return it and get a...
  30. Rob Roth

    Sony to release two ES integrated SACD/DVD receivers.

    In some ways this is an interesting new market. Linn has, I believe, an integrated player/amp. I'm intrigued by the concept since it drastically reduces cabling cost and has the potential for a cleaner signal. That said, my fear would be the quality of the other components in this 'one box'...
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