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  1. Marty Neudel

    The Best / Most Unexpected Home Theatre Addition I've Made

    > So are you saying that 7.1 receivers simply split the rear-center channel signal internally anyway? This is not always true. Logic7, for example, uses analysis of what is occurring in the discrete channels to derive independent information for the derived channels. DPL2X uses a different...
  2. Marty Neudel

    Grinding noise in all speakers

    Louis, it sounds as if you might be experiencing clipping, which happens when an amplifier is overdriven. Clipping can destroy your speakers (esp. the tweeters). Until you have remedied the problem (either by less demanding speakers or higher powered amps), DO NOT under any circumstances...
  3. Marty Neudel

    Yamaha DSP-A1 versus RX-V1 versus ???

    Jim. a lot of people(I'm included in that group) who auditioned the RX-V1 and the DSP-A1 in their homes found the amps in the V1 to be cleaner sounding. The improved circuitry does account for this in a rationally objective fashion. If you can hear the V1 at home, do so. For only a couple...
  4. Marty Neudel

    Lexicon Announces New Processor

    The Lexicon site contains an announcement for their new MC-4 Processor, based on the legendary MC-12. At $3,000, this one is really worth looking at. Marty
  5. Marty Neudel

    What kind of separates do you have?

    Lexicon MC-12b Pre/Pro McIntosh MC206 Power Amp (all 6 5.1 channels) Hafler XL480 (l&r back channels) Boston Acoustic A400 (l&r mains) BA A200 (front center) BA A60II (surroung & back channels) RTR DAC-1 passive subwoofer and scads of input devices :) With all the talk of room...
  6. Marty Neudel

    Why isn't SDDS in the consumer market?

    Terence, Thanks for the heads up. It's wothwhile to note that every time Sony says "virtually no loss in audio quality" they are admitting to a loss. Marty
  7. Marty Neudel

    How to get bugs(leggy kind) out of NAD 1equipment

    White bugs? Near microscopic in size? And they seen to gravitate to buttons that hold the oil (and exfoliated dermata) from your fingers? I hate to suggest this, but it sounds as if you might have some variety of bed-bug there. Leave it to HTF to publish the findings of a new species of...
  8. Marty Neudel

    7.1 Question?

    >Only dts has a true 6.1< We're getting into the area of "true" and "discreet" debate. I think it's important to note that, while EX material does not have a discreet back channel, a properly mixed EX source will play back channel sounds through the back channel speakers. If you put your...
  9. Marty Neudel

    Upgrading my receiver, will I be able to hear a difference?

    >I have noticed that when I put my receiver up really loud the speakers get very harsh sounding< Matt, this indicates a strong possibility that your speakers are driving the amps close to (or possibly into) clipping. If this is the case, then a more powerful set of amps (new or used)...
  10. Marty Neudel

    Audible Component Differences...A Nousaine Story

    >I think you already know what they are< I sure do: a great performance hall and a set of even greater performers. Marty
  11. Marty Neudel

    What HT gear is made in the USA? (Customs/Duty related question)

    Mark Levinson McIntosh Lexicon All made in the USA. Marty
  12. Marty Neudel

    Best Demos for Dolby Pro-Logic IIx ... here is one

    The L7 in my Lexicon MC-12 does indeed separate Br from Sr (and Bl from Sl) thus panning fly-overs, etc. I don't remember ever having seen an official explanation of how it does this. The L7 in HK equipment is different from the Lex's so I can't speak to its performance. Marty
  13. Marty Neudel

    Dolby Digital Plus to be announced at NAB

    >“Another factor is cost,” he continues, “and as we can maintain compatibility with existing Dolby Digital decoders, there's a cost savings to any new implementer. via the enhanced decoder's ability to decode both legacy and enhanced Dolby Digital bitstreams, as well as provide a seamless Dolby...
  14. Marty Neudel

    DTS and Dolby Digital

    As I read this thread, peeling off each layer of rancor, I am left with some core issues, including basic differences of what is claimed to be fact. In my experience (admittedly outside the realm of theoretical physics) facts are relatively unambiguous in nature. Most of us are unable to visit a...
  15. Marty Neudel

    Removing the "feet" from a receiver?

    Clay, the feet, obviously, allow air to enter from underneath the receiver. The vent holes in the shelving may not align with all the air inlets on the bottom of the unit. Removing the feet, even if there is nothing on top of the unit, may impede proper ventilation and contribute to premature...
  16. Marty Neudel

    Installers are saying Pro-Logic II better than DD or DTS!

    >PLII isn't as good as DTS or DD because it still will apply matrix steering willy-nilly depending on the frequency of the sound.< Oh Good Grief. NO! NO! NO! PL2, like the original pro-logic, places the sound according to LEVEL and PHASING. Frequency has nothing to do with it. Because of...
  17. Marty Neudel

    Leaving amps on - how much does it cost?

    >The stand by mode in an amp is just another on/off switch. Its just a clever term they use. There is no current in or out when an amp is in stand by.< Gosh! To think that my Mac MC-206 is able to keep the standby light on, while the unit is actually off. Maybe next year's model will be...
  18. Marty Neudel

    DTS Neo 6 vs. Dolby Pro Logic II (CONSOLIDATED THREAD)

    >As for Listening to Stereo Music in DPLII, etc etc. Here's the catch guys- It isn't mixed that way. PLII is essentially a way to deliver surround from a 2-track playback.< Todd, this is a minor point but, actually, Dolby sells mixers for DPLII, and they are used, albeit I've been unable...
  19. Marty Neudel

    Preamp help

    Bob, may I suggest that, in the interest of space as well as economy, you consider the highly-rated audigy2 basic sound card for your computer with the best sounding (to you) "computer" speakers you can afford. For a couple of hundreds bucks you can have a system that will give you very good...
  20. Marty Neudel

    Phono preamp

    Ken, the tape out taps on your old receiver put out a line level signal which can safely be fed into any line level input. Marty
  21. Marty Neudel

    Proceed discontinued?

    Chris, the Proceed AVP2 (and some other selected Proceed units) is being rewrapped in an m.l. case to be reissued soon (or so ;}). Marty
  22. Marty Neudel

    Can I run two receivers through one set of speakers?

    Ed, it sounds as if your daughter should have her own completely separate system (to ensure the safety of your speakers.) Have you considered a mini-bookshelf stereo for her. It should meet her needs, and the speakers should fit readily on top of your l&r mains. Many of these units come with...
  23. Marty Neudel

    Yamaha RX-V1400 DPL IIx: not working for 5.1 Audio?

    >By all accounts, Laserdisc players are not supposed to be able to get any multi-channel digital off anything but a specially modified player that will pull the digital multi-channel off of one of the analog channels before modulation. < John, that is true for Dolby Digital. However, DTS...
  24. Marty Neudel

    Lexicon MC-12 Two Channel Bypass Mode

    David, I am a 2-channel purist going back to the 1950's. Earlier Lexicon products had been disappointing in their reproduction of high-quality analogue source material. However, with the MC-12, I feel that Lexicon has finally produced a truly musical preamp. In 2-channel by-pass mode the unit...
  25. Marty Neudel

    What warranty do you get if you DON'T buy from an "authorized E-tailer?"

    >If you purchase a N.I.B. unit, then the factory warranty should be valid, regardless of who you purchase it from.> The problem here is that we aren't talking about the factory warranty, which is generally limited to a couple of months and requires you to send the unit back to the factory and...
  26. Marty Neudel

    Hum and muting it

    Aaron, have you tried disconnecting all inputs plus the sub and video outs from the receiver, so the only cables connected to it are the ones going to the speakers? If the hum disappears when you do this it is a simple matter to reconnect each device, one by one, until the hum returns. Marty
  27. Marty Neudel

    Denon 3803 is clipping out...Why?? Please HELP!

    Jason, the subwoofer may help, but it's a long shot. From your description and from the specs on the 3803, the amps in your receiver just aren't capable of driving your surrounds. Remember that each time your amp goes into clipping, it is very likely doing a small amount of damage to your...
  28. Marty Neudel

    If it's not 100 watts, then why rate it as such? (external amp heaven)

    Michael, take 2 dvd's and call me in the morning! Actually, I've seen pro-logic decoders selling for $15 at local hi-fi shops, and you'd have to buy the wires for a new receiver, anyway. Marty
  29. Marty Neudel

    If it's not 100 watts, then why rate it as such? (external amp heaven)

    Michael, if you really want EX/ES decoding, you can do it with your current receiver. Simply feed the l&r surrounds into the l&r inputs of a Pro-Logic decoder. Then feed the CENTER-CHANNEL out of the decoder into your back-channel amplifier. The l&r out of the decoder go to the l&r surround...
  30. Marty Neudel

    Okay, Im going to sound crazy here...but I have come to the conclusion that

    I have been a true 2-channel advocate since the late 1950's (even after I accidently discovered ambience in stereo recordings by running the difference output through a third speaker). However, I have to acknowledge that even the best 2-channel system does not give a natural sound. When I...
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