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  1. Ben Stern

    Amp Benchmark

    The external amps play louder, but don't necessarily improve detail, imaging, or sound stage mackie - you answered your own question. Unless you play at reference levels all the time and/or your home theater is HUGE, there will be very little improvement, if any. But, as others have noted, a...
  2. Ben Stern

    Polk RTi10's or Axiom M22's

    i have the m22s and i have listened to polk's rti and lsi collection. the rti and the lsi have a far better lateral midrange than the axiom m22s have - i know... i was surprised too!! Joey_V - Would you please explain to me what lateral midrange is.
  3. Ben Stern

    There is no hiding it....

    DonnyD: Try to get a copy of "The Haunting" in DTS. Corner load your sub, set it to 16 and recalibrate it. Then play the movie and be prepared for what is, quite possibly, the lowest, nastiest bass you have ever heard in a movie.
  4. Ben Stern

    Cat vs Girlfriend

    You have a choice of 2 different kinds of pussy - #1 cat or #2 girlfriend. I vote for #2.
  5. Ben Stern

    suggestions on amp to pair with Paradigm Studios

    Before you upgrade your receiver, I would suggest that you upgrade your sub and your surrounds. They are the weakest link in your chain right now. Unless your home theater is INCREDIBLY HUGE AND YOU PLAY AT REFERENCE LEVELS ALL THE TIME, the amp won't make as big a difference as you might think...
  6. Ben Stern

    Panasonic SA-XR70 and S97

    Thank you Danny! Sadly, the S97 DVD player, does not support SACD. A mistake IMO on Panasonic's part.
  7. Ben Stern

    Panasonic SA-XR70 and S97

    Thank you Danny! Sadly, the S97 DVD player, does not support SACD. A mistake IMO on Panasonic's part.
  8. Ben Stern

    Panasonic SA-XR70 and S97

    Does anyone know when these new products are going to be released? An e-mail to Panasonic has not been answered. Also, can anyone point me to a web page that gives the specs for the XR-70? I've decided that my next receiver is going to be digital. I'm curious how this one will compare to the H/K...
  9. Ben Stern

    Panasonic SA-XR70 and S97

    Does anyone know when these new products are going to be released? An e-mail to Panasonic has not been answered. Also, can anyone point me to a web page that gives the specs for the XR-70? I've decided that my next receiver is going to be digital. I'm curious how this one will compare to the H/K...
  10. Ben Stern

    Which stores in New York City to audition at?

    The best chance you'd have of getting a listen coming off of the street is Harvey's. They have a location on 45th between 5th and 6th avenues. Only a half a block down from Harveys on 45th street is a place called Sound City. They carry Paradigm, including the Signature series. Ask for Steve...
  11. Ben Stern

    Interesting Yamaha's YPAO fact

    My husband just bought the RXV-750 on Friday and we're returning it to the store on the grounds of false advertising. Kelly: Which receiver are you going to get now?
  12. Ben Stern

    SVS 16-46PCi SPL Question

    E-mail the boys (Ron and Tom) for the answer [email protected]
  13. Ben Stern

    B&W DM603 S3 versus JBL E90

    The B&Ws and the JBLs seem to appeal most to me in terms of sound and price tag (~$1k). You answered your own question. These are the ones you need to listen to seriously and make a decision.
  14. Ben Stern

    Wendy Carlos on Surround Sound...for Discussion

    In 1968, Wendy Carlos" album, "Switched On Bach," opened me up to the realization that there was more to music than just my "Rock & Roll." Come back in 100 years and Wendy Carlos will still be listened to.
  15. Ben Stern

    Should I use the rubber bumpers b/t the speakers and the stands?

    I've seen the yellow stuff in Walgreens drug store in the stationary isle for 2.99. I'm sure any drug store would carry it.
  16. Ben Stern

    SVS or Velodyne (Honestly PLZ)

    HT is about quantity, not quality. so, if you have good output, you will be set. Robert: Of all the out and out mis-information I see on these fourums, this ranks right up there with the worst.
  17. Ben Stern

    what will make me happy in the long run?

    I know you guys are going to say listen to them and decide but I have and still cant make up my mind. Since you can't make your mind, I suggest that you put your money in the bank until you can. People can offer suggestions, but no one but YOU should be making this decision. Since you haven't...
  18. Ben Stern

    Is Paradigm pulling a fast one with sig series

    Until someone does a serious objective DBT between the Sigs and the Reference line, everyone's opinion is just that - an opinion. If you have the coin and like the Sigs, get them. My own speculation, is that like most ultra high end products, you pay a lot more to get an incremental improvement...
  19. Ben Stern

    How are VINTAGE bose speakers?

    Get yourself the Paradigm Atoms. Then save your money and get yourself a nice sub. The Paradigm PDR-10 or the PDR-12 subs are small and relatively inexpensive.
  20. Ben Stern

    Bookshelf or Floorstanding?

    From my understanding if you listen to a lot of music you are better off with the floor stands because most often then not they hit low notes better. In stereo mode the sub will not be used. Marc: Years ago, I would have agreed with your statement. However, the last few years have seen the...
  21. Ben Stern

    Bookshelf or Floorstanding?

    I have a personal preference for standmount (bookshelf) speakers and a sub. However, my "home theater" is 13 by 18 with a 9 foot ceiling. I would have my doubts as to the ability of the 805's to fill a room that size to your listening satisfaction. Perhaps you could explain your situation to...
  22. Ben Stern

    A Forum Observation

    The thing is guys, this is more than just a place to go for product reviews. It's an online community and people like to share their excitment and joy regarding a new product. Kind of like talking about your new girlfriend. Most people involved in this hobby, have no one to share their...
  23. Ben Stern

    The Beast (PB2-Plus) has arrived!!

    Enjoy it Jan:)
  24. Ben Stern

    The Beast (PB2-Plus) has arrived!!

    Thanks Ron and Parker!!
  25. Ben Stern

    The Beast (PB2-Plus) has arrived!!

    For something your wife might like, look for any of the most recent three CD's from "Everything but the Girl". Its jazzy, light and loaded with deep bass that is skillfully integrated into well written and mixed music. Thanks Brian. I owe the girlfriend big time now. This sub is gonna cost...
  26. Ben Stern

    The Beast (PB2-Plus) has arrived!!

    Congratulations on your new PB2+!. Diana Krall's DVD-A disks are really good. Her "Live in Paris" DVD has an excellent DTS track. Blue Man Group's DVD-A Audio disk is also a lot of fun. Thanks Thomas. Gonna go to Virgin Records and J&R to check those and others out.
  27. Ben Stern

    The Beast (PB2-Plus) has arrived!!

    I love the PB2+ for music... pleeeeeeaaaaase take the time to post a lot of findings on music..... Most of the CD's we own are rock and pop and so the quality is not very good. I have to get some SACD's and DVD-A's now that I have a universal DVD player. I'm also going to look around for...
  28. Ben Stern

    The Beast (PB2-Plus) has arrived!!

    Have you tried listening to something a bit more musical with your new sub . Diana Krall - The sub demonstrates it's versatility. It's quietly effective on her music, without calling attention to itself and brutally powerful on DVD's when it needs to be.
  29. Ben Stern

    The Beast (PB2-Plus) has arrived!!

    This was the response I got from SVS: In that small of a room…16hz is the way to go…you’ll get strong output down to the 9-12hz range and a clean 115-118dB of bass with no problem at all..:) Thank you for the quick review, it is GREAT to hear the PB-2+ is working out so well for you Ben...
  30. Ben Stern

    The Beast (PB2-Plus) has arrived!!

    And it lives up to the hype!! I don't mean to sound like another SVS cult member, but the thing is everything people say it is - and more. Since Craig and Edward have done the technical thing in extrordinary detail, let me give you my non-technical impressions. When it first came, the delivery...
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