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  1. JeromeS

    Good tracks for checking soundstage and imaging

    Cantus: Let Your Voices Be Heard, tracks Shenandoah, Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder RCA Living Stereo Hybrid SACD Stokowski, Rhapsodies, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 SF Symphony: Mahler Symphony No.1 Hybrid SACD, Movement No. 4: Sturmisch Bewegt
  2. JeromeS

    What's the last TV DVD/Blu-ray you bought?

    Smallville Seasons 2-5 $15.99 at Best Buy and Costco.
  3. JeromeS

    Stereo Receiver for Movies?

    I'm surprised nobody has yet suggested getting a stereo preamp and stereo amp. Later on when you want to add multi-channel, get a receiver with preouts and run the L/R preouts through the stereo preamp. You'll have to set the stereo preamp's volume to a certain setting called unity gain(usually...
  4. JeromeS

    Need Small 2 channel 100w amp

    How about IRD MB-100's for about $538/pr. These were also known as the nOrh Le Amps. These ship from Charlotte, NC by the way even though the company is based in Thailand.
  5. JeromeS

    American Idol - Season 3

    Is it just me or is anyone else getting tired of Matt's "I'm scared of Simon" routine? Everytime they interview him it's the same thing over and over.
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    New stereo system

    I would second Mike Knapp's suggestion of getting a vintage receiver. I recently got a Pioneer SX-750 for $50 and it sounds great. Plus with a vintage Pioneer or Marantz you'll get a pretty good tuner. Most will have between 40-80 watts but you'll find that this will be enough for your...
  7. JeromeS

    affordable bookeshelf for tube newbie

    For speakers you could try Omega Loudspeakers. The Super 3R's is within your budget. They are single driver crossoverless loudspeakers that are efficient enough for low powered tube amps. I have the TS1R's matched with an Antique Sound Labs Orchid integrated SET amp and it sounds sweet!
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    How long should a "budget" receiver last me?

    I've got a Sony STR-AV57 in the garage powering some Minimus-7's that is now about 14 years old. For my current HT I'm using a Yamaha HTR-5250 that's 3 years old. As long as you're satisfied with what you get and also get a deal on it, I think you'll be able to fight the urge to upgrade.
  9. JeromeS

    PSB Image speakers

    I have the Image 5T and 9C and love the sound from they make. Don't regret the purchase. The 5T's are an Editors Buy from The Absolute Sound if that makes any difference.
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    DVD's obsolete in 5-10 years?

    In 5 years time HD-DVD should be here and unless they're looking to send that down, why would anyone want to watch some crappy download. Besides, the cable companies are having trouble sending any more than the few HD signals that are available now, are you telling me in 5 years they'll be able...
  11. JeromeS

    Reasonable dream 2 Channel System?

    For 15K mine would be $3495 Blue Circle Audio BC3 Despina MKII $2150 Blue Circle BC22 MKII Stereo Amplifier $825 Wright-Sound WPP100C Phono Preamp $799 VPI JMW-9 Series Tonearm $525 Dynavector 20X $1400 VPI Scout Turntable $2000 Shanling CD T-100 CD Player $3495 Vandersteen 3A Signature
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    Wow, I've Discovered Stereo

    Steve, I'm not sure how to help you out as far as your current setup since I'm a vinyl newbie but here are some links that helped me in my turntable search: Vinyl Asylum(also check out the FAQ at the top of the page) Soundstage Vinyl Ecoustics Phono Reviews Vinyl Anarchronist Van...
  13. JeromeS

    Wow, I've Discovered Stereo

    I used a Rat Shack sound level meter to make sure they were matched. I even switched the CD's just to make sure those weren't the reason for the difference and it didn't.
  14. JeromeS

    Wow, I've Discovered Stereo

    I totally agree that the playback component makes a difference. Before I got the preamp, I did an A/B comparison between the different sources through the receiver. Since I had two CD's of the same album it made comparisons easy. The way it came out as follows:[list=1]Transport & DACPanasonic...
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    Wow, I've Discovered Stereo

    Frank, How efficient are your speakers? I couldn't tell you to save my life. According to PSB's web site the sensitivity is 92db but that isn't the same as efficiency I think. Do they go below 4 ohms? Nope. 4 ohms is minimum. What range of music do you listen to? Wide range from...
  16. JeromeS

    The Most Expensive System I've ever heard.

    I also went to the HES SF 2003 and went into the same room for the DVD-Audio. Same impression here, it sounded good but not great. The room might not have been acoustically set up right though. I think Gordon is right when people get accustomed to hearing an exaggerated bass. It took me...
  17. JeromeS

    Wow, I've Discovered Stereo

    Martin, Yes I was looking at the Mullard CV4003 for the next set of tubes. Telefunken is a little expensive in comparison to the Mullards from what I can see. As for the connection it's the Yamaha's preouts going into the FP input with the FP outs going into the Outlaw. Use the FP with unity...
  18. JeromeS

    Wow, I've Discovered Stereo

    Okay, it hasn't been like I've been living under a rock for all these years. However after years of listening to music through portables, Walkmans and not so good receivers, recent upgrades to the 2 channel reproduction on my stereo/HT system I'm just hearing how great stereo can be. There is so...
  19. JeromeS

    How do you listen to CD's?

    I'm using a Pioneer DV-434 with Modwright Level 1 Transport modification and a digital connection to a Perpetual Technologies P-3A DAC. Then I use analog interconnects to my stereo preamp.
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    PSB speakers good?

    I have owned the Image 5T's for almost a year now and love the sound coming from them in either 2 channel stereo or HT playback. Bass is tight, very nice midrange and clear highs. Nice imaging also but my soundstange is a bit smaller than it could be due to a RPTV in between them. Well worth the...
  21. JeromeS

    Can Anyone Recommend a Decent 2-Channel System?

    How about Red Rose Spirit System. It's made by Mark Levinson's company and can be bought for $2,000. It has an integrated amp and speakers. With what you have left over you can get one nice CD player. Here is a review or go to Red Rose .
  22. JeromeS

    interconnects for dvd-a...suggestions?

    You can also try Blue Jeans 6-Channel Cable. I don't use the 6 channel cable but their component cables and I like the results.
  23. JeromeS

    How good is the phono section on my Denon 5800?

    Jeff, I just got back into vinyl about 5 months ago and had used my Yamaha HTR-5250's phono stage with my Music Hall MMF-5. It sounded okay but I knew I could do better. I didn't have much of a budget to spend and ended up getting the Gram Amp 2 SE. It made a big difference in the sound and...
  24. JeromeS

    Any used HDTV receivers worth buying?

    I use to have a Samsung SIR-T150 that worked great. It had a nice picture and excellent signal reception. The only reason I returned it after a trial period was I was going to get DirecTV and needed one with a DirecTV tuner. I don't know how much a SIR-T150 is going for now.
  25. JeromeS

    DVD Audio Cabling!

    Yes DVD-A needs the analog output to hear it so you will need to connect the 6 channel outputs from the DVD player. You can use regular RCA interconnect cables for this or get one of these Blue Jeans 6 Channel Audio cables. There is the problem of bass management where you would need something...
  26. JeromeS

    Stereo Preamp To Match w/Outlaw 750 Amp

    I'm looking to add a stereo preamp to my HT setup but I'm not sure which one to choose. I'd hookup my CDP and turntable to it. My setup has PSB Image 5T speakers w/ an Outlaw 750 Amp. I'm not sure whether a tube preamp would match well with the Outlaw. Some tube preamps I was looking at if it...