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  1. BradJudy

    5.1 Analog Connections

    The most common use is for SACD and DVD-A formats, which is why you'll see them on all players that play there formats, but on far fewer that don't. There are very few other ways to send these formats to a receiver and those (iLink, HDMI) require specific receivers. Historically, analog...
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    American Made Speakers

    Yeah, Meadlowlark doesn't even exist anymore. Curtis, do you have details on Aperion manufacturing? Their old press releases said their factory was in Mexico, but then they stopped saying where it was.
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    QUICK! best headphones under $100?

    This is pretty much the best page for your question: http://www.headphone.com/guide/by-budget/40-80/ Even if you don't buy from them, it's a great quick reference for headphones in your price range.
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    RBH Sound, anyone heard of these guys.

    Well, you could have done a simple web search and you would have found plenty of information that confirms the legitimacy of RBH.
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    RBH Sound, anyone heard of these guys.

    RBH is a well known and respected brand. I've never heard any of their speakers myself.
  6. BradJudy

    Need help choosing home theater from scratch ~$60K to spend

    $60k and a dedicated room? Room treatments should definitely be in your budget, along with something like an SMS-1 for subwoofer EQ. Putting aside $1-2k for GIK corner traps and panels would probably be a good move ($1k gets you four corner traps and six 2" panels - that large of a room might...
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    How reliable are audiophile websites' reviews?

    While I still disagree with your assessment of their reviews (a proper statistical analysis that includes data we don't have is necessary to demonstrate significant correlation), for the sake of argument lets say there is a correlation between positive reviews and advertizing. Internet...
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    How reliable are audiophile websites' reviews?

    I'm far from an insider, but I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with people in the business. I even count some as friends. Let's take a closer look at the numbers. Going by their index of reviews, this is the list of different receiver models reviewed: Denon AVR-3805 Denon...
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    How reliable are audiophile websites' reviews?

    IMO, this general topic has been beaten to death on forums and in print. Most of the time, the focus is on Stereophile (perhaps because it's the most prominent publication) and the various reasons behind any correlations (I have yet to see a real statistical analysis that demonstrates...
  10. BradJudy

    Paradigm Reference v4.0 ?

    I would wait until the dealer starts closing out the v3 and get speakers you know you want for a little less $$.
  11. BradJudy

    How good is the Xbox as a dvd player?

    A regular X-box or the 360? The 360 was checked by the folks at Secrets - http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/cgi-b...deInt=0&mpeg=0
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    Is the TERK HDTVs just a Winegard SquareShooter in disguise?

    Doesn't look like an antenna? It looks like a standard "bowtie" antenna in a plastic case to make it look more like a dish.
  13. BradJudy

    $5,000.00 speakers and reciever

    Yes, the BFD is for more experienced users in that it requires a good learning curve about what you're trying to do and how to do it. Programs like Room EQ Wizard (free) have dropped the learning curve a lot, but it's not for your typical person. It's for someone who wants to tweak their system...
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    $5,000.00 speakers and reciever

    If you're open to internet-direct options, you could put together a killer package with speakers from AV123, Ascend or Axiom ($1.5k-3k), a sub from SVS, Hsu, AV123 or Axiom ($1k or less) and electronics from Outlaw or AV123 (~$1k). They all make great products (I haven't heard Axioms personally...
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    Your dvd-audio & sacd players are now (unofficially) "quaint"

    That seems like an odd question - it's only when you DO hear something better that you might start to think what you have isn't "good enough". If you've never heard better, then you're likely to be happy with what you have. Even if you do hear something better, you might still be happy - just...
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    Your dvd-audio & sacd players are now (unofficially) "quaint"

    Actually, it seems that most people I visit who have a HTiB really like playing their CDs in a surround mode. My point isn't that they tried DPLII and didn't like it, but that they like it enough that there was no reason to consider anything else. Not to mention the fact that 90% of consumer...
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    Your dvd-audio & sacd players are now (unofficially) "quaint"

    There aren't any, but most of the multichannel mixes I've heard aren't this good. Just as there were people who bought Laserdisc players just to have the best copy of Star Wars, there might be people buying universal players to have the coolest version of DSoM or other albums. But, as with the...
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    Your dvd-audio & sacd players are now (unofficially) "quaint"

    Assuming it's a hybrid disc. While most are hybrids now, there were plenty of pure SACDs on the market which only added to the confusion. The big issue is that as far as the average consumer is concerned, SACDs don't gain them anything. They can already do multichannel off of CDs if they...
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    Your dvd-audio & sacd players are now (unofficially) "quaint"

    No, I don't think so. The average consumer is at the very least aware of HDTV. Of course, there is still a format war and we'll have to wait and see about accessibility of players and media (your average consumer isn't going to buy now with $500+ players and only a handful of movies). If the...
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    Your dvd-audio & sacd players are now (unofficially) "quaint"

    I think many people DO want surround in music, but they already have it. They put in a CD and push the "surround" button (or whatever it's called on their HTiB) and the music magically comes from all around them. Why would they spend more money on a disc that may or may not work in their car or...
  21. BradJudy

    Need new, refurbed, or B-stock receiver for under $1000

    RF AC-3 support is a pretty specific feature that really limits your options. What about getting an external RF AC-3 demodulator so that you can then get any receiver you want? If you find that having a phono input limits your options, you can certainly go external with it - tons of options...
  22. BradJudy

    Outlaw 1070 Versus the field

    The Harman Kardon 7300 can be had for $1k right now since it's being closed out for a newer model. Definitely something to consider.
  23. BradJudy

    AV123's new budget seperates

    Post from the AV123 forum about a fixed firmware:
  24. BradJudy

    Subwoofer Question

    Did you listen in the same room? The room has a huge impact at sub frequencies.
  25. BradJudy

    Online Purchase: Good, Bad & Ugly

    Sounds like Newegg did a good job and UPS didn't. It happens with all of the shipping companies - if you read some threads you'll find people popping up bashing all of them.
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    Online Purchase: Good, Bad & Ugly

    Newegg is an excellent online dealer for computer components - I have bought a lot from them over the years without problems. That said, they sell computer components and floorstanding speakers are probably among the physically largest items they sell and they might not be as used to shipping them.
  27. BradJudy

    OT. Manufacturing: who actually MAKES speaker cabinets...

    It's good that you're connecting with companies with some longevity and perhaps also good reputation. This is the item I struggle with - how do you plan on defining the 'specification' on items other than dimensions or other quantitative matters. Do you know how you'll contractually address...
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    OT. Manufacturing: who actually MAKES speaker cabinets...

    This is a pretty naive statement. Every shop must perform QC/QA to make sure things stay up to expected levels and some do this better than others. The fault could come from a number of places like raw materials (e.g. bad batch of glue), technical malfunction (machines get out of alignment)...
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    OT. Manufacturing: who actually MAKES speaker cabinets...

    Mark posts his e-mail address liberally on the internet, so you must not have tried a search. Don't expect to get a "five minute quote" from anyone. You can reach Mark at [email protected] but I know he is has a lot going on right now and is on his way back to Asia, so I can't say how long a...