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  1. Craig_Kg

    A decent inexpensive AV surround processor

    Any receivers with preouts fit the bill?
  2. Craig_Kg

    Low end AV prepro vs receiver

    Unfortunately, Outlaw isn't available down here
  3. Craig_Kg

    Quick Bi-amping question...

    You can do it without active crossovers. The headroom benefit won't be as significant since the amps will be outputting the full voltage waveforms but the current draws will be less so there will be some additional headroom as the cahnce of power supply sag will be reduced. I'd try the...
  4. Craig_Kg

    Low end AV prepro vs receiver

    OK, no response to my post in the other thread so here it is again! In the past, I have been happy to use a mid level receiver as an AV prepro since the dedicated units cost ridiculous (to me) amounts of money. Now that NAD have the T163 prepro at RRP of A$1499, I'm tempted to look at this as...
  5. Craig_Kg

    difference between using a receiver and a pre-amp processor

    Matt, did you try using the MCA power amps with the Pioneer Elite receiver as a prepro? I'd be interested in how it sounds vs the Anthem AVM In the past, I have been happy to use a mid level receiver as an AV prepro since the dedicated units cost ridiculous (to me) amounts of money. Now that...
  6. Craig_Kg

    New, cheap ($200-300) HT receivers are pretty bad:

    The way power specs are measured (one channel?, one channel others 1/8th loaded?....), it's like qualifying the above claim by adding "0 - 60 time of 4 seconds if you push it off a cliff". Greg
  7. Craig_Kg

    dynamic range compression?

    Anyone remember this thread ? :D
  8. Craig_Kg

    What dose 350k buy one for 2-Mono Block Amps

    That's pretty tough on Bose - they look like bargains vs those Wavacs.
  9. Craig_Kg

    At Last! a High End pre and amp for music AND movies

    Well you just need a DVD player with it's own DD/dts decode and bass and time management.
  10. Craig_Kg

    Sytem clipping at high volume

    How about trying the system with all the powered woofers unplugged?
  11. Craig_Kg

    Sytem clipping at high volume

    It does sound like amp protection circuits are cutting in but could be that this protection occurs when the preamp circuit senses it will clip the internal amps in the receiver - my Sony receiver goes into protection mode if the volume is cranked too high even though I'm using it purely as a...
  12. Craig_Kg

    Interesting tube vs transistor article

    Rich, does your girlfriend know how much entertainment value she is providing to us here on HTF? ;) BTW Good signature quote
  13. Craig_Kg

    Audiophyte Shopping List: Stereo Receiver.

    Why not just buy another TV for her to watch this rubbish in the spare room? Or is this really just an excuse to start your next system? ;)
  14. Craig_Kg

    Electronics Break-In, The Easy Way!

    Where's the address to send the money to? I'm sick of waiting for my gear to break in properly - I want to be able to listen ASAP.
  15. Craig_Kg

    Testing wattage?

    They stick resistors across the output (usually 8 ohm, sometimes quoted for other resisitance) and then measure the RMS voltage across them at the THD they want to quote (using sine waves). Then P = V * V / R.
  16. Craig_Kg

    suggest a prepro for me

    I hope you sold it for a LOT. No one box solution of that quality is going to be cheap.
  17. Craig_Kg

    HD Minidisc

    I like the upgrade to existing minidiscs :). Even 28 mins of LPCM would be great for live recordings.
  18. Craig_Kg

    suggest a prepro for me

    Find a TAP-9000ES for your SACD/DVD-A usage and get a $300 receiver with preouts to handle DD, dts, DPLII...
  19. Craig_Kg

    Picture or sound - which is the most important

    For HT, once you have decent surround sound, it's better to allocate resources towards upgrading the picture. To me, decent is ~US$800 receiver + ~US$500 sub + ~US$700 fronts (inc center) + ~US$300 rears. You already have a great stereo system so don't waste your money trying to raise the...
  20. Craig_Kg

    HD Minidisc

    Well this might breath new life into the format. Up to 1Gb capacity + LPCM recording seems worthwhile.
  21. Craig_Kg

    High-end AV processors - smoke and mirrors?

    Shh. Don't tell the Lexicon/Meridian fans ;). I fully agree. A decent US$800 receiver makes a fine prepro (or semi prepro - ie powering center and surrounds) for those integrating HT into a good stereo setup. Hey John_KM, you're also an Aussie, right?
  22. Craig_Kg

    See, powerline conditioners do matter (Yeah, right!!!)

    Ed St. Clair: OK, let me put it another way. Most high end amps have a lot of capacitance in the power supply. This is to soak up noise from the power lines and also to supply power for large signal transients so the transformer inductance doesn't choke the output during heavy demand...
  23. Craig_Kg

    See, powerline conditioners do matter (Yeah, right!!!)

    Sounds like the amp didn't have enough capacitance.
  24. Craig_Kg

    See, cables do matter!!! (Yeah right)

    No way pal. Hooters all the way!:D
  25. Craig_Kg

    See, cables do matter!!! (Yeah right)

    Well there has been some fairly heated discussion of these topics in the Sources forum (along with debates about Redbook vs the hi-res audio formats vs LP) but not much of late. Most of the people involved with those threads are also here (aside from John Kotches and Lee Scoggins). Not...
  26. Craig_Kg

    See, cables do matter!!! (Yeah right)

    Brian Fitterman: It's to do with the rise time of the transitions. A cable that loads the SPDIF output could cause the transition to have such a large rise time that the transitions are clocked unevenly. Since the clock for PCM is recovered from these transitions, the result is jitter in the...
  27. Craig_Kg

    See, cables do matter!!! (Yeah right)

    The only issue is that the clock itself is usually recovered from the edge timings of the manchester encoded SPDIF signal. This can result in jitter. Buffering and reclocking, of course, can remove this. I'm generally a cable skeptic but I think jitter can produce audible effects for digital...
  28. Craig_Kg

    If SACD is Superior Then Why is Sony Playing Games?

    Hi John, I don't mean all people but a lot with US$1000 CD players seem to form this opinion. And do you write off redbook as a medium? I don't think so.
  29. Craig_Kg

    If SACD is Superior Then Why is Sony Playing Games?

    For sure but I meant the way some people write off all redbook as a whole. Not just in comparisons of stuff available on redbook & hi res.
  30. Craig_Kg

    If SACD is Superior Then Why is Sony Playing Games?

    I wonder how many people who like to write off redbook have heard it on a REALLY good CD player or DAC (like the Chord DAC64). As RobertR mentioned, it is the implementation of the digital filters (+ jitter minimization) that will make or break D->A conversion (assuming competent analog stages)...
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