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  1. Jeff_Fitz

    B&W mains or something else

    A quick search of the Audiogon Blue Book listings yielded the following results: - 1996 - Original DM-600 "range" released - 1999 - DM-600 S2 "range" released - 2002 - DM-600 S3 "range" released If this trend continues, we should be seeing the S4's in 2005. Thoughts?
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    Downgrading to 5.1 on a $1000 Budget

    Justin: Those Paradigms and the Denon are a nice starting point for a 5.1 setup. I agree that some tweaking might be in order. Have you considered approaching your local Paradigm dealer with a request to demo a CC-470, a pair of Studio 20's and a PW-2200? I realize that kind of blows your...
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    Receiver advice...replacing Kenwood VR-309

    Rich: Another thing to consider is that the RX-V450, 550, 650, and 750 will be in US stores soon (if not already) to replace the RV-V440, 540, 640, and 740. You should probably shoot for one of the new ones or try to get a smokin' deal on a closeout of the old line. Might be able to step...
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    Receiver advice...replacing Kenwood VR-309

    Hey Rich. IMHO Yamaha offers the best bang for the buck in most of the price points they are in. It's difficult to match Yamaha's combination of features, quality, and price. You should be able to find an RX-V540 (or the HTR5650 which is the same unit) for $300. For more ideas you...
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    Looking to start my HT, one small step at a time. Starting with receivers / Fronts

    The RXV-1400 is an excellent piece and highly recommended on the boards. One thing though... You will not get any warranty coverage on a unit shipped up from the States. Peak may work on it for you, but you will have to pay for it yourself. If you do decide it's worth the risk to buy in...
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    Small Bookshelves for both music and movies? ($200 - 400)

    There is a poll on AVS right now titled Best Value in a Small Bookshelf. I think the size criteria there are a little more stringent than your friend's, but you should find some useful information in the accompanying thread. Hope that helps, Jeff
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    Looking to start my HT, one small step at a time. Starting with receivers / Fronts

    Marcel: I noticed your post with your room layout was hosted on the Dal Computer Science server so I am going to assume you live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since I'm in Halifax too and I help quite a few friends out with their first forays into Home Theater (and some subsequent forays as...
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    Dahlquist or Axiom?

    FrankHW: Just sent you a private message.
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    best bookshelf speakers under $200

    Jonathan: There is a poll going on at AVS right now entitled "Best value in a small bookshelf". Sounds like it may be of interest to you. Right now the Paradigm Atom is in the lead with the Axiom M2i in a close second place. There are also some interesting thoughts in the discussion...
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    RX-V1300 or RX-V1400

    Guys, unfortunately 6ave.com is out for anyone who is not a US resident. To quote from their help page: "Due to Manufacturers' Restrictions and Warranties, We Are Not Able to Process International Orders. We only accept Domestic (USA) credit cards. Orders with International Credit Cards will...
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    If you had $800...another one of those threads HELP

    Steven: It looks like you have the receiver and sub decided so I will concentrate on the speakers. Since this is a gift, I am also going to assume that you will be buying your receiver from an authorised dealer. With that assumption you will probably be spending about $400 for the VR7070...
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    Which receiver is the best?

    Matt: Here is a link to a page that many on this board are familiar with: Sound and Vision Test Results This guy has essentially put together a list of the test results from Sound and Vision over the years. It doesn't list all the current models but does give you a feel for how accurate...
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    Help me spend some money please!!!

    I have a friend going through a similar dilemma right now but he is just looking for fronts and a center. He has it narrowed down to the Monitor 7's, Axiom M60's, and something from Klipsch. What he can't get his head around is the fact that Klipsch is relatively quite a bit more expensive...
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    best buy

    Check out http://hometheater.valuecanuck.com for specs, including measurements, for quite a few speaker systems. They are organized by price but currently the price ranges stop at $1400. Also, you should probably check out this thread as well. It's a discussion of what is the best speaker...
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    Which receiver to buy????

    I'd have to say none of those brands would give you "a warm tube sound". Yamaha will offer the best overall quality of that group. Pioneer probably offers the best "bang for the buck", especially the 912. HK and Marantz are usually singled out as the most musical of the mainstream...
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    Help me choose a receiver?

    Jason: The new Yamaha RX-V1400 and RX-V2400 seem to be great receivers, though I have yet to demo them myself. A quick search on Dealtime revealed the best "non-authorised" price on the 1400 to be about $560 plus shipping, and about $685 plus shipping for the 2400. Hope that helps, Jeff
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    Problem With Hell Freezes Over DVD

    Thanks guys. Worked like a charm. I am a little disappointed this hasn't been corrected in the almost 5 years since this DVD was released. Anyway, thanks again.
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    Problem With Hell Freezes Over DVD

    I am not sure I am posting to the correct area, but here goes... I just picked up the Eagles Hell Freezes Over and slapped it in the DVD player. I chose DTS when the first menu came up and the fun began. Hotel California sounded great in DTS 5.1. I listened to a few more tracks and went...
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    Anyone else curious about buying a new Yamaha AVR in canada?

    In case anyone is interested, there is a site with specs for many receiver models that lists both US and Canadian MSRP's and calculates what the effective exchange rate is. Its pretty interesting as there is a wide variation in the exchange rates used by many manufacturers' Canadian...
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    Anyone else curious about buying a new Yamaha AVR in canada?

    In case anyone is interested, there is a site with specs for many receiver models that in many cases lists both US and Canadian MSRP's and calculates what the effective exchange rate is. It's pretty interesting, as there is a wide variation in the exchange rates used by many manufacturers'...
  21. Jeff_Fitz

    May Buy A Receiver In The Next Few Days

    Lee: I demoed the Yamaha HTR5560 seven months ago for about a month. I ended up taking it back because it did not have a discrete rear center channel and did not have DTS:Neo 6. I ended up going for the Pioneer 811S - last year's version of the 812-K. I'm very happy with it. If you are...
  22. Jeff_Fitz

    US$300 (street) subs. Any opinion?

    David: There is a buyer's guide to subwoofers at http://hometheater.valuecanuck.com that you should find helpful. Plenty of models are listed with MSRP's (including Canadian MSRP's for some) and plenty of specs. Unfortunately I don't think the guide indicates if the subs have magnetic...
  23. Jeff_Fitz

    which speakers for around $1000 cdn

    Simon: The speaker systems buyer's guide at http://hometheater.valuecanuck.com should helpful in your search. Jeff
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    Axiom audition

    Jerry: If you are able to take a leap of faith and want to avoid more trips to Windsor, I would suggest contacting Marc Hallam at The Audioshop in Ottawa. I dealt with Marc for my Axioms and he was extremely patient and informative. Marc can also save you some money over buying direct from...
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    Advice desired re: "what to look for in a surround-sound system"

    I saw a Pioneer HTIB at Costco Canada recently for $400 CAD. It's an entry level system but comes with a lot for the money. I think the model is the HTP-4000. The receiver is the Pioneer VSXD511. Its a good entry level 5.1 receiver with S-Video switching. Its a little brother of the Pioneer...
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    advice on buying HT home theater receiver amp

    For $100 more (MSRP), the Denon AVR-1603 offers the following improvements over the AVR-1403: • 80 watts x 5 vs. 70 watts x 5 • component video switching for 2 sources • S-video switching for 3 sources • 3 optical inputs vs. 1 • an optical output • an improved remote • binding posts vs...
  27. Jeff_Fitz

    Pioneer D811s owner's!

    I am running my 811 with the Axiom Epic Micro system in 6.1 (additional QS2). My TV is in the corner of the room so I needed a surround back to fill in the huge gap I had in the surround field. I have the speakers all set to small with the crossover at 100MHz. I leave Midnight Mode on all...
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    advice on buying HT home theater receiver amp

    Mikey: If you are looking for a Home Theater Receiver for under $300 USD, you will be hard pressed to find a better value than the Pioneer 811S. I looked at everything in the price range before deciding that this was the receiver for me. If you are interested in what my decision criteria...
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    Recommedations for surround receiver under $200.00

    Check out the buyer's guides at http://hometheater.valuecanuck.com for some ideas. You'll want to concentrate on the first link to 5.1 receivers there (5.1 Receivers with an MSRP of $199USD to $275USD). The site includes links to price comparisons so you can see what you can get a particular...
  30. Jeff_Fitz

    Does anyone know of small speakers that also sound nice? not bose

    Samuel: Check out the buyer's guide at http://hometheater.valuecanuck.com for plenty of ideas (and specs) on 5.1 speaker systems with MSRP's between $400 USD and $1000 USD, Jeff