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  1. Steve Winkler

    floor standers for $300 CAD, need guidance please!

    You could also check out some Dahlquist bookshelf speakers as well, not sure of the newer model numbers, mine are Qx-6's from a year and a half ago. They have several options you could go with and should be well within your budget. I know they sell then in Ottawa, not sure if there's a place in...
  2. Steve Winkler

    Joined The Yamaha C-750 Owner's Club

    Why yes I did. Really enjoying the sound too. Good luck with you TV, it's brutal when it goes on the fritz. Cheers, Steve
  3. Steve Winkler

    Kudos to Best Buy Canada

    In their recent flyer here in Calgary, they actually advertised both SACD and DVD-Audio!! They have the best selection in the city that I'm aware of and actually put some great albums on sale too. Finally picked up Fleetwood Mac's Rumours for a fair price. I hope they continue to bring in more...
  4. Steve Winkler

    Joined The Yamaha C-750 Owner's Club

    Picked one up to try out on Monday. I have previously tried the Pioneer 578 and the Marantz 7500 for comparison's sake. I bought this player mainly for Hi-Res audio, so I won't be saying much if anything about the video side. Seems this one could be a keeper. PROS : - Sound is very...
  5. Steve Winkler

    See what song was at the top of the charts on the day you were born

    Mine are US- " Kiling Me Softly With His Love", Roberta Flack UK - "Cum On Feel The Noise", Slade
  6. Steve Winkler

    Calgary Stores, help me find a good one.

    Hey John, There's quite a few places in Calgary to try, for some higher end stuff, General Audio ( as mentioned ), K & W Audio, Smart Home Systems, Holmes Theater and Automation. A&B Sound can be good to deal with. Soundsaround has a crappy return policy IMO, but a good selection of mid-fi...
  7. Steve Winkler

    Trying Out a Marantz DV-6500

    Hey Paul, how's things in Montreal?? We have finally hit the deep-freeze for weather here outside of Cowtown. :thumbsdown: I think the 6500 handles bass management the same way as the 6400. I don't think I can tell whether or not the delays are applied to SACD, my room is relatively small...
  8. Steve Winkler

    Trying Out a Marantz DV-6500

    Hi Rob. The manual for the DV6500 states that it crosses over at 100hz for dvd audio if your speakers are set to small and the sub is on. It makes no mention of what it uses for SACD. I do want cheap i-link but my receiver doesn't have it and I'm not in any other need to upgrade it at this point...
  9. Steve Winkler

    Trying Out a Marantz DV-6500

    Picked up a Marantz DV6500 universal player a few days ago to see how it performs with DVD Audio and SACD. The only other universal player I have tried is the Pioneer 578a and the Marantz definitely sounds better. It must have to do with being able to adjust individual channel levels and...
  10. Steve Winkler

    Does SACD really have a future?

    As a new participant in the Hi-Res audio market, I must agree that the marketing of it is deplorable. Record companies, electronics makers, stores .... barely a whisper that the formats even exist. I only have 10 discs of SACD and/or DVD Audio and I am far from an audiophile but I can sure...
  11. Steve Winkler

    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    After much more listening and re-listening, I am convinced of the sonic superiority of the two hi-res formats. I am also convinced that the quality of the recording process can vary greatly, just like redbook cd's. I think I'll be returning the Pioneer 578a and perhaps try out a Marantz or...
  12. Steve Winkler

    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    Thanks again everybody. The differences are becoming more noticable and I'm going to continue to play around with the settings and just listen to the music for another couple of weeks. Cheers, Steve
  13. Steve Winkler

    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    Very informative post Paul. I would love to have a player and receiver with i-link, firewire, or whatever the electronics maker wish to call it ;) . I would also love to not have to upgrade some of the larger more expensive components of my home theater every 2 years just to have the latest...
  14. Steve Winkler

    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    Robert, yes I've got it hooked up via the analog outs to my Yamaha RX-V 3300's 6ch input. From there the receiver applies no processing, no dsp's, no bass management. The Pioneer 578 diplays what track, time, and what resolution you are listening to, either 96khz/24bit 3.2/1 or 2ch or...
  15. Steve Winkler

    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    I went out and bought the Pioneer 578A at Best Buy for $180CAD just to test the waters of the formats. After listening to the few discs I have, Hotel California - Eagles DVD-Audio, and Up - Shania Twain SACD, ( added "Shaman" from Santana, "When I look In Your Eyes" Diana Krall, and "30 #1's...
  16. Steve Winkler

    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    Perry, that is what I've read about the two Denon's. I hope I can find a 2900 here for $600US, or roughly $710CAD. With it's crossovers at 80hz that may be good enough for me. Thanks for the welcome Paul, Fleetwood Mac is on the list!! Mike, I've thought about the Pioneer 578 as well, and...
  17. Steve Winkler

    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    Thanks for the replies, links, and info everyone. I have a modest collection of 600+ cd's so I call myself a music enthusiast and I'm really excited to hear this next level in music fidelity. I was considering the Denon 2900 but they are still fetching a pretty good price in these parts...
  18. Steve Winkler

    Just jumped into the Hi - Rez market... sort of.

    Picked up my first two Hi - Rez discs last night. The Eagles, Hotel California on DVD Audio and don't laugh, Shania Twain, Up! on SACD ( my nephews worship her ). Anyway, I don't as of yet have a player that will play the advanced resolution tracks, thus my "sort of" comment in the subject...
  19. Steve Winkler

    Yamaha S-1500?

    Thanks for the info guys. Steve
  20. Steve Winkler

    Yamaha S-1500?

    Hey Rob, I'm considering this player and was wondering if you could post it's specs regarding the DVD-Audio portion, i.e. does it have flexible crossovers too?? Thanks for any info. Steve
  21. Steve Winkler

    RX-V1400 and "Dial Norm"

    This was one of the reasons I returned my RX-V2400. The dialnorm function played havoc with my dth satellite audio, jumping from -27dbfs to +4 dbfs depending on which channel was on. Having said that, with my situaution I'm 99% sure the problem is with my dth satellite provider's audio...
  22. Steve Winkler

    My TV just lost it's HD picture

    I am very glad I bought the extended warranty indeed Michael. I had my service call on Thursday but couldn't be there when the guy was at my house. We talked on the phone and he said he had it up and working and that it was my HD satellite box, not the TV. I had my doubts but when I arrived home...
  23. Steve Winkler

    Yamaha Rx-V3300 and On Screen Display

    James, I've been reading through the manual a little more and it mentions that the OSD is somehow linked to the composite and/or s-video connections. I currently have no s-video or composite sources running into the receiver, those sources (dth satellite and VHS) are straight into the TV...
  24. Steve Winkler

    Yamaha Rx-V3300 and On Screen Display

    Hey James, the receiver displays my component video sources just fine i.e. DVD and Xbox. It's only when I bring the OSD that things are strange. I'll try describing it like this, if you ripped a sheet of paper in half and put the two pieces back together with the un-ripped edges now the center...
  25. Steve Winkler

    My TV just lost it's HD picture

    Thanks Guy, I checked the cables and they had a solid connection, so much so I nearly had to use two hands to get them off. I switched to the other set of component inputs and still no luck. Must be an internal issue. I have no picture at all now for the HD input, it originally was no red...
  26. Steve Winkler

    Yamaha Rx-V3300 and On Screen Display

    I've had this unit for a couple of months now and I'm puzzled by the On Screen Display. I have the receiver connected to my TV ( Toshiba TW56X81 HD RPTV )through the component video inputs ( for DVD & Xbox )and the manual states it will display the OSD when using said inputs. It does display...
  27. Steve Winkler

    My TV just lost it's HD picture

    Yikes... I turned on my Toshiba TW56x81 rptv to watch some primetime HD and the colors were all wrong. No reds. Thought it was my dth sat. provider but it wasn't. I have not tried other cables yet but may as a last check. All other inputs work fine, DVD & Xbox at 480P, regular satellite, and...
  28. Steve Winkler

    Which Receiver?: Yamaha RX-V2400 or Denon 3803 or H/K AVR630

    I purchased mine at a Local chain store in Calgary called SoundsAround. I think they are only in Alberta but could be in other parts of Western Canada. The sale price was roughly $1133, I paid $1200 but that is including GST,and 5yr. ext warranty. Happy shopping, Steve
  29. Steve Winkler

    Which Receiver?: Yamaha RX-V2400 or Denon 3803 or H/K AVR630

    MuneebM, I wouldn't buy the 2400 for it's YPAO feature but it's a very nice unit. The component video upcoversion and On screen display work wonderfully. 7.1, THX if that's important to you, adjustable crossover, Pro Logic IIx. Decent price in Canada too, about $1100CAD. I had one but had to...
  30. Steve Winkler

    Receiver Break In Period, Fact or Fiction?

    I'm actually quite happy with my speakers and their performance ( for the money, I don't think I could've bought a better set-up ), just thought that perhaps the new receiver needed a little more time to "break in ". There isn't much difference between the two I was comparing (the Rx-V2300...
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