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  1. NickGL

    Receiver help

    easy way to figure out if you have powered speakers: do your speakers have an A/C power cable? that is, do they plug in to the wall? if there are no power cords, your speakers are not 'powered' and you just have an unusual method of connection which can be accommodated by simply...
  2. NickGL

    Ancient help!

    i'd check the impedance of the accusounds, you might have blown a resistor or something
  3. NickGL

    Power Cleaner?

    i've never quantified it but i'm pretty certain that the power here isn't exactly clean i do get lights dimming occasionally, a few motors (like my fridge) are on the same circuit and there's nothing i can do about that since dragging extension cords around my place isn't exactly my idea of...
  4. NickGL

    Power Cleaner?

    well i decided i'd better make this inquiry after 3 local pole transformers blew outside my apartment building in under 2 hours today causing explosions powerful enough to set off no less than 5 car alarms and scare the crap out of the firemen trying to put the flaming power pole out after the...
  5. NickGL

    Help Please! Need Help Now!

    it might be set to 'att' or something used to attenuate a too-strong signal
  6. NickGL

    Recommend a used stereo amp for $300.00

    i was closely watching ST-140s on ebay a while back i really should start looking again
  7. NickGL

    Newbie question

    i aquired a new Marantz SR5400 for 500 even with some finagling at a local HT shop and it is by far the best receiver in the range i've heard (and it's 90 wpc 20-20000khz) i tested it (in store and in my system) and it blew away the mainstream Denon and Yamahas (the yammie in particular...
  8. NickGL

    AV/Marantz vs. Yamaha/Help

    My vote will go to the Marantz SR5400 I was recently in the market for a receiver and auditioned at great length similarly- priced models by Marantz, Denon, Yamaha, and Onkyo Integra. For sound quality, only the Integra could approach the Marantz The Denon was not bad but unremarkable; the...
  9. NickGL

    leave it on?

    well i elevated it 3cm or so above the carpet and it's now running cooler playing T2 at a decent volume on all channels than it did today at idle thanks for the info
  10. NickGL

    leave it on?

    noted, i'm in the process of rigging up extenders for the feet
  11. NickGL

    Denon, Pioneer Elite, Yamaha

    i've heard that yamaha A/B'd with Marantz and Onkyo Integras; the yamaha -despite it's admirable processing features- sounded muddy and compressed just my $.02
  12. NickGL

    Any ideas to resolve ground loop problem?

    for unpolarized 2- prong plugs, i've heard advice to merely turn the plug around play around with different plugs and see if it helps
  13. NickGL

    leave it on?

    well yesterday i felt the top of my Marantz SR5400 receiver and it was really too hot to touch there is plenty of clearance on all sides as it is sitting on te floor alone between my TV stand and R channel speaker (though my floor is carpeted and there is only a few mm of clearance between...
  14. NickGL

    leave it on?

    i've heard conflicting reports regarding receivers and amps in regards to turning them off when not in use or leaving them on 24/7 even when not in use i'm thinking that leaving them on will bake the electronics, even with great ventilation and shutting it off is a good idea, though i've...
  15. NickGL

    The Logic of Pro Logic

    i use PLII for TV and video from the computer, that's about it for some reason i can't stand surround modes for stereo music, it never compares with source direct i've given fair trial to PLII, circle surround, and 6.1 stereo, but i can't stand those for 2 channel music true...
  16. NickGL

    URGENT!! Onkyo vs H/K (~$500)

    i was considering onkyo (and Integra), denon, yamaha, HK for my new ~$500 receiver, but i have come to realize that for my money the Marantz SR5400 is the best sounding receiver, and isn't lacking in the least of features (the next closest for sound quality was the Integra, but it doesn't offer...
  17. NickGL

    Cabinet Fan for Receiver...

    is it just me or do i like keeping motors as far away from the receiver as possible?
  18. NickGL

    Alright, it has come down to two

    incase anyone cares, the Integra doesn't offer preamp outputs for any channel other than the subwoofer (odd isn't it), and it only offers 196/24 DACs on the LR channels, with 96/24 for the rest (granted it shouldn't make a huge difference) the Marantz has 196/24 all around and preamp outputs...
  19. NickGL

    cd source

    i always listen to stereo music in direct mode, even for redbook CDs and well- encoded music files from my computer i can hear muddledness and generally less clear sound if i go to 'stereo' mode on the analog inputs, and i can even hear a difference on the digital inputs
  20. NickGL

    cd source

    Thanks for the info Chris! i'm very glad to hear that because the only cables i let myself use for high quality analog are some Straight Wire i got from my uncle, but they're only 1/2 meter and i'd rather not put a DVD player on top of the reciever i suppose i could buy new wire, but...
  21. NickGL

    cd source

    agreed with the coax
  22. NickGL

    Alright, it has come down to two

    I recently came back from auditioning the Marantz SR5400 and a similarly priced Ingegra model. The Marantz was set up in front of me and as such not given break- in time, but my initial impressions were good. It has very good control over the speakers, and it's high end was better than the...
  23. NickGL

    cd source

    i've always used coax and optical for CD and DVD players, i was under the impression that the DACs in most mainstream optical sources were subpar to my pioneer elite's burr-browns i've never thought of better DACs in the source gear- question: will my Yamaha midrange DVD player or my reciever...
  24. NickGL

    $500 home theater receiver choices

    Thanks, Chris At least as far as what I've read, the Marantz SR5400 is quite better than the other mainstream offerings. I read a review even comparing it to the Euro versions of the Onkyo, Yamaha, and Denon, with the Marantz winning. I think I may give it a go first. I may go by the...
  25. NickGL

    $500 home theater receiver choices

    I assume this thread has been made before, and I hope it hasn't become annoyingly hackneyed. I'm in the market for a new receiver; I'm a student and as such not the most wealthy person but have been bitten by the audio bug (sadly, heh). My 1999 Pioneer Elite VSX-24TX has recently died so I am...