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  1. Robert McClanahan

    4 Ohm Speakers - What Receiver to use??

    HK amps are high current amps.They will drive a 4ohm load easily.Yamaha will drive it to.People seem to get so hung up on specs and really should just let any amp do what it will do.Almost any amp will drive a 4ohm load.It seems speaker and receiver manufacturers are just trying to reduce their...
  2. Robert McClanahan

    4 ohm M&K's with 6 ohm Denon receiver? Will it work?

    Kenneth,I have owned M&K 4 ohm speakers and drove them with a Yamaha RXV-3000 with no problem.A Denon amp will drive those M&K's.My suggestion is that you set your Denon's Crossover to small(all five channels)and use a powered sub.Most amps will have no problem driving a 4ohm load(tweeters and...
  3. Robert McClanahan

    Seeking Basement Home Theater Design Advice/Opinions

    I happen to be a licensed low voltage electrician in my state and wire for custom theaters every day.I mean custom too.I have been a member of this forum for about five years and now practice what I preach.That said,what do you want to know?I can answer any question and it will be accurate.
  4. Robert McClanahan

    Hanging Def Tech BP2 surrounds - need advice

    Do you have fire blocking in your wall?Is the wall insulated?Fire blocking will prevent you from running wire in the wall.A stud finder will tell you.You will need something to penetrate the insulation as you fish the wire down the wall.Really the best way is to run your wire in the attic.Find...
  5. Robert McClanahan

    I'm beginning to become a "DTS GUY".

    Thanks Joey.I just try to enjoy the movie.I have participated in several DTS vs Dolby Digital threads in the past and it just boils down to what YOUR ears think sounds the best.:)
  6. Robert McClanahan

    Corvette Summer: We NEED this DVD.

    This thread is why I am a member of HTF.I loved this movie.Was Mark Hamill in Damn Nation Alley?What about Laser Blast?I saw both in the theater in the 70's.
  7. Robert McClanahan

    I'm beginning to become a "DTS GUY".

    I just jumped in to this thread.Here we go again.DTS sounds great,but DD can sound fantastic too.Star Wars episodes I&II sound amazing !! I dont think a DTS track could do anything to improve those sound mixes.IMHO:)
  8. Robert McClanahan

    7.1 with couch against wall

    Keep it simple.I use some bracket mounted speakers on the wall above my head for rear center channels and just point them down.My couch is also against the wall.It works fine and sounds great.
  9. Robert McClanahan

    Hanging Def Tech BP2 surrounds - need advice

    Kevin,Molly's will work just fine.Very inexpensive and they will hold alot of weight.Studs are far more preferable though.Are you going to run the wire in the wall?If so I can give you some advice on that.I do it for a living. :)
  10. Robert McClanahan

    The Most Expensive System I've ever heard.

    Why buy a new Ferrari when you can only drive the speed limit? You might as well get a $10,000 dollar car.Right?I think people buy expensive high end gear, not because it might sound better but because it gives them piece of mind, knowing they have the best. :)
  11. Robert McClanahan

    Need HT taken down and re-installed in Novato, CA

    Rich,I do that for a living.The problem is that I live in Washington State.Contact your nearest Audio/Video dealer(not GoodGuys,Best Buy,or Circuit City}and ask if their delivery guys will do it.We do it all the time for people.
  12. Robert McClanahan

    DTS-ES track on T2 UE better than the DD-EX on the T2 EE.

    No,wait til T3 comes out on DVD and they have the super maxed out three pack!!!
  13. Robert McClanahan

    The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

    I just saw it last night.All I can say is that the special effect bar has been risen again.I was blown away.I am going to see it again at the Seattle cinerama. :)
  14. Robert McClanahan

    Rotel 1055 vs Marantz 8200 as pre/pro

    A Rotel rep was the one that told me the 1055 and 1066 were identical.He also told me that Rotel will no longer be using JVC transports in their DVD players,since JVC has sold its DVD player division.Rotel will also be coming out with a DVD/DVDAUDIO/SACD player for around $1500.00.Sorry I...
  15. Robert McClanahan

    Rotel 1055 vs Marantz 8200 as pre/pro

    I own a 1055 and find it has superb two channel performance to some separates.The RSX-1055 is a RSP-1066 processor with five high current amps and a tuner after all.All 1055's will pass a hi def signal through its component switching too.G o for the Rotel for the bargain it is.I paid $965.00 new.
  16. Robert McClanahan

    How much will Receivers change by this fall? Next spring? Infinite time?

    SvenS,the reason why I "PERSONALLY" do not like Sony receivers is because I dont like the way they sound.I have owned a 4ES and took it back.I then tried a Rotel and found it to sound superior for less money(RSX-1055).When I was saying 6.1 is the state of the art,I was referring to hometheater...
  17. Robert McClanahan

    How much will Receivers change by this fall? Next spring? Infinite time?

    I think 5.1 might be the "standard" but 6.1 is the state of the art.The theatrical audio mix is also different then what you get when the DVD is released.I remember when laserdiscs were always touted as having the original theatrical mix,like Jurassic park DTS and Casper DTS.I wish the studios...
  18. Robert McClanahan

    Speaker Cable running under floorboards and in walls

    Dave, I do this for a living and the best way to get wire in a wall on a second floor room is to: Buy or rent a stud finder and mark the width of the studs with tape.You must also find fire blocking between the studs.You will not be able to fish wire if there is blocking.Once your speaker...
  19. Robert McClanahan

    Is it worth going for the avr 525?

    Hey, I'm not Jason but I am also not an electronic engineer.I have owned three Yamaha receivers and one Rotel.The Yamahas did not claim to have a high current design(RXV-990,995,3000)but the Rotel RSX-1055 just sounds as good as separates to my ears.I have had a RMB-1095 in the system and I am...
  20. Robert McClanahan

    Is it worth going for the avr 525?

    Chris,always go with a high current design.Harmon Kardon and Rotel are the only ones that do that I am aware of.:)
  21. Robert McClanahan

    Upgrading to Seperates

    Go with power first.At least double your current power.You will not regret it.:)
  22. Robert McClanahan

    Adding a Separate Amplifier to an Integrated

    Brian,go ahead and put an outboard amp in your system.It will work fine.My advice would be that you at least"DOUBLE" the power that your receiver puts out.A Rotel RMB-1095 is a very good choice. :)
  23. Robert McClanahan

    HTF REVIEW: "Far From Heaven" (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) (with screenshots)

    Ron,your review is dead on accurate.I took a chance and rented this one.The acting is superb and I saw colors pop out of my HDTV that I never imagined.A beautiful film with a wonderful cast.What more could a forum member want.Thanks Ron.:)
  24. Robert McClanahan

    AVR-525 fan kicks on with adequate ventilation and 8 ohm speakers at low SPL levels.

    The Harmon Kardon has high current amps.I think a fan is justified.The benefit of sound quality out weighs a little fan noise in my opinion.The nice thing about having a fan is that you can place the unit in a closed cabinet and it wont overheat and you wont hear the fan. :)
  25. Robert McClanahan

    Yamaha going very low end?

    Matt,I too do custom installations and my company sells Yamaha gear.Customers like Yamaha because they are very user friendly.They like the sound but the customers really seem more concerned about ease of use.I am concerned about the current trend by manufacturers to put out these hometheater in...
  26. Robert McClanahan

    two center channels??

    The most important speaker in any home theater is the center channel.I might agree that two centers for a large screen would make sense.The bigger the screen the larger the area of dialogue to be covered.It may sound weird but its about eye and ear coordination.Imagine a huge center channel with...
  27. Robert McClanahan

    Yamaha going very low end?

    FYI, Yamaha is dumping receivers on the market.They just want their name in your living room.Costs are coming down but so is quality.Even Sony ES is getting cheap.I love Yamaha gear,its just that I wonder who is making these stupid decisions at Yamaha.:)
  28. Robert McClanahan

    Rotel Owners News Alert: The 1066 Prepro is way undervalued!

    Get a RSX-1055 receiver for $300.00 less.It is a 1066 with five 75watt high current amps and a tuner!!:)
  29. Robert McClanahan

    Rotel RMB-1095 + Rotel RSP-1066 for $2,615, good deal?

    I work for a Rotel dealer and that is a very good deal.You might also consider a RSX-1055 receiver.It is a RSP-1066 pre/pro, but also has a tuner and five 75 watt high current amps!!.The receiver is about $300.00 less retail.Check out this months "Perfect Vision " magazine for a 1055 review.
  30. Robert McClanahan

    Sony STR-DA4ES

    Yes it is good.