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  1. John Brill

    NAD 765 vs ARCAM 280 vs Yamaha 1800

    Down to these three receivers... Room is 14x20, speakers are PSB T45 fronts, B25 rears, C-40 Center, 6i Sub. TV is a 42" Panasonic Plasma, source is Panasonic Blu-Ray player. System will be used about 50/50 music/movie but sound is key. NAD 765 - excellent sound, new swapable card system...
  2. John Brill

    Definitive vs Paradigm vs PSB

    Hello, trying to put finishing touches on a system for a friend. Use will be about 50/50 music and home theater. Receiver will be the Yamaha RX-V1800 fed by a Panasonic Blu-Ray player. On the speaker side, tons of options but based on availability locally, I think we've narrowed it down to...
  3. John Brill

    All-in-One with A/B speaker options?

    Does such a beast exist? Due to space restrictions and potential location of the unit, I'm looking for an all-in-one 5.1 surround sound unit with incorporated DVD player -and- "B" speaker outputs for speakers in an other room. Unfortunately, all the all-in-one units I've seen don't have...
  4. John Brill

    Composite Cables for Component Connection?

    Collegue at work purchased a new TV last night and balked on purchasing "Component Cables" due to price (store only carried "Monster" brand cables so I don't blame him). He asked me, knowing I was into HT, if he could simply use 3 composite video cables he had lying around the house to achieve...
  5. John Brill

    Massive upgrade planned, what would you do?

    Hi Folks, I've been happy with my Yamaha RXV-540 HTIB set-up for the last 3 years but now that I have a dedicated HT room finished in my basement (14' wide, 16' long, 100" screen) and, as luck would have it, my upstairs system met its maker which means I can move the Yamaha upstairs and get...
  6. John Brill

    Online Purchase - Canadians

    Hello, Any Canadians use American based online retailers like ecost or etronics? Both use the Canada Post "freeborder" system for shipping but when I go to check out, they list $0 for duty... how is that possible? Is the cost hidden in the shipping and handling cost? Also, were there any...
  7. John Brill

    Opinion on Pioneer Elite VSX-41

    Argh, the more I learn the more confused I am. Bottom line, looking to purchase a HT System by X-Mas. I thought I was sold on the following system: 1) System One (approx $1700 Canadian taxes included) Yamaha RX-V540 (approx $550) PSB Alpha Intro LR x4 (approx $900 for package) PSB...
  8. John Brill

    Tested Power Specifications of Receivers

    A while ago I stumbled accross a website that listed tested vs stated power specifications for HT Receivers. IE, company X stated 100 wpc when in fact was only 35 when tested... ect. I believe it was a magazine that performed the tests or at least wrote the article. Would anyone know a link...
  9. John Brill

    First Home Theater System

    Greetings everyone, I'm making my first foray into the HT arena now that my old receiver has given up. My main question is do I really need all the options offered by higher end (read higher priced) models? I'm leaning towards the Yamaha RX-V540 HT Receiver. It appears to have most...