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  1. Alex F.

    “High End” two channel setup or mediocre 5.1 setup

    Purchase a two-channel preamp or an integrated amplifier that has a home-theater bypass (also known as a unity-gain input), and you're good to go--no need to change cables around. The stereo components will drive the front left and right speakers while the HT receiver will power the surrounds...
  2. Alex F.

    Quick FSR-12 Troubleshooting Analysis

    Ask Velodyne: call 408-465-2800 (California).
  3. Alex F.

    Dialogue with Polk RMS 6700 is muffled.. any ideas?

    Good news. Be aware that if you utilize too low a crossover frequency you could induce driver overload on loud passages. The "woofers" in the satellites and center speaker are rather small and will reveal audible volume limits if asked to reproduce too much upper bass at louder levels. When...
  4. Alex F.

    Dialogue with Polk RMS 6700 is muffled.. any ideas?

    Steve: I assume that the receiver's setup menu was not set accidentally to "off," "none," or "phantom mode." If all is OK in this regard, as Wayne suggested manually increase the receiver's center-channel volume level. Set the receiver's crossover to 140 Hz to start (200 Hz may be too high...
  5. Alex F.

    Anybody auditioned both polk lsi15/25 and Paradigm Studio 60/100s...

    I own the Polk LSi25s. Also have owned Paradigms in the past. The Paradigm Studio 100s were a bit of a letdown. I had high expectations based on what I had read here on HTF and elsewhere. They're OK, but to my ears not as refined as the LSi25s or a few other brands. (A search on HTF should pull...
  6. Alex F.

    Equipment Rack suggestion

    I'll "third" the Salamander racks. Our Twin 20 and Single 40, in walnut with matching side panels and doors, are gorgeous, of very high quality, and expandable to various configurations. Without any help from me, my wife assembled them. A woman with beauty, brains, and mechanical abilities...
  7. Alex F.

    Polk LSi25

    It depends upon your bass requirements. On more than one occasion, my wife has complimented our Velodyne FSR18's deep, powerful bass during a movie, only to be told by me that the Velodyne isn't powered up. It was the LSi25's bass that impressed her. Using Stereophile's Test CD #1, our LSi25s...
  8. Alex F.

    Polk LSi25

    Michael: I've had a pair of the LSi25s since early 2002. As I've posted here previously, their generally warm, mid-hall sonic signature is very similar to offerings from Vandersteen, Vienna Acoustics, and Sonus-Faber. I'm very fond of the Sonus-Faber loudspeakers, with the exception of the...
  9. Alex F.

    Comparing B&W Nautilus 805 to LSi9

    Thank you very much for the kind wishes, Lee.
  10. Alex F.

    Comparing B&W Nautilus 805 to LSi9

    I personally prefer the sonics of the LSi series to the products I've auditioned in the Nautilus line. I listened extensively to the Polk LSi9 and B&W 803 (and 804, for a more limited time), but ended up choosing to purchase the LSi25 over all of them based on overall sound quality. (I haven't...
  11. Alex F.

    Another victim of HK bugs, is it even worth getting HK AVR7000 fixed??

    Kevin: It may not be an ideal way to test, but you could use your TV if it has an audio line input.
  12. Alex F.

    Another victim of HK bugs, is it even worth getting HK AVR7000 fixed??

    Kevin: As I recall, you recently purchased an Onkyo stereo receiver for your father. You can feed two preout channels at a time to any Onkyo line input to test if the entire H/K preamp section is working OK.
  13. Alex F.

    Vintage recievers. Really superior or just misplaced nostalgia??

    Yes, I am referring to the top model (your AVR-7000) that replaced the previous top model (AVR-30) about 1995 or 1996, if memory serves. I spent a few hours auditioning speakers back then and one dealer used both models to drive the speakers I tried while another dealer used the AVR-30. Both...
  14. Alex F.

    Vintage recievers. Really superior or just misplaced nostalgia??

    If the H/K 7000 is the one I think it is (replaced the AVR-30 about 1995-96?), it is, to my ears, an exceptionally fine-sounding receiver, and I'd take it over any vintage unit.
  15. Alex F.

    Vintage recievers. Really superior or just misplaced nostalgia??

    I'm going to generalize a bit, which can be dangerous, but I have owned and played with an endless stream of receivers at all price levels from 1970 through the early 1980s. Models tested were from Marantz, H.H. Scott, Pioneer, Sansui, Technics, Harman/Kardon, Kenwood, Sherwood, and Sony...
  16. Alex F.

    Need cheap Stereo (2ch) receiver w/good FM reception for dad...

    They might not have the very lowest prices on vintage gear, but Audioclassics.com is probably the biggest used equipment dealer around. They provide the assurance of a fully tested and adjusted unit, after-sales service, and a money-back policy (except for "as-is" gear). I've not purchased from...
  17. Alex F.

    Need cheap Stereo (2ch) receiver w/good FM reception for dad...

    Kevin: The sophisticated FM tuners built into some receivers of the 1970s and 1980s are long gone. Today, in most cases, the tuner is an afterthought, and delivers mediocre performance or worse. As always, as mentioned above, an adequate antenna is key to best reception. If stereo...
  18. Alex F.

    Looking for a center channel stand.

    James: An alternative, which I've read about in the A-V magazines on occasion, is placing a large sheet of glass between the loudspeaker and the top of the RPTV. A wide piece of glass spreads out the weight of the speaker to a greater area of the RPTV, especially to the far sides, which are...
  19. Alex F.

    $2500 to pre-wire house, worth it?

    Agreed, situations differ. Assuming one is able to afford buying the incidentals, most any scenario makes overall cost lower by not including those items in the mortgage. Ken: Appliances, for example, would not increase their value even twice, let alone five times, as they lose value rather...
  20. Alex F.

    $2500 to pre-wire house, worth it?

    A recommendation my father taught me many years ago when he was a real-estate agent: Never, ever, add incidentals to your mortgage loan. For instance, rolling in the cost of prewiring, say $500 over 30 years at 6% interest, brings the total cost to $1,079. Following his advice when my wife...
  21. Alex F.

    $2500 to pre-wire house, worth it?

    Calvin: I'm in Clermont, in Lake County, Florida. When I asked, the builder seconded my choice of CL3-rated cable to avoid any inspection problems, which he has seen occur previously. Happily there were none. I also like the peace of mind knowing there is minimal possibility of an...
  22. Alex F.

    $2500 to pre-wire house, worth it?

    Frank: When we built our house two years ago, I had Crutchfield.com ship out a bulk spool of Monster speaker wire directly to the builder (we lived in New Jersey but the new house was going up in Florida). The builder's two electricians wired a den and a theater room, both in 7.1 (i.e., two...
  23. Alex F.

    Help me spend my money! McIntosh + Paradigm?

    Thank you very much, Sam, for your comments. I'm most appreciative.
  24. Alex F.

    Help me spend my money! McIntosh + Paradigm?

    Sam: If you critically listened to the MC252 and MC402 at length in the same system, I would greatly appreciate your observations. Also, what sonic differences did you notice between the MC202 and MC402? Thank you in advance.
  25. Alex F.

    Help me spend my money! McIntosh + Paradigm?

    Chung: Your suggestion of feeding the Denon receiver's front left and right preamp outputs to a McIntosh line input is precisely what I recommended earlier. Also, with McIntosh's MA6500 and MA6900 integrated amplifiers one may connect an external preamp directly to the Mac's power amp...
  26. Alex F.

    Help me spend my money! McIntosh + Paradigm?

    Yes, as Scott said, stereo music via Mac (analog) and HT surround via the Denon (digital). I described how to connect the Denon receiver to the Mac integrated amp.
  27. Alex F.

    Help me spend my money! McIntosh + Paradigm?

    To avoid a surprise later, be aware that neither of McIntosh's solid-state integrated amps (MA6500, MA6900) have a unity-gain HT bypass. To integrate either of these units into a HT system one can use the Mac's power-amp inputs, though it would be necessary to disconnect the HT receiver...
  28. Alex F.

    Inexpensive 2-channel receiver recommendations

    If an FM tuner section isn't a requirement, there is also the option of a stereo integrated amplifier, though your friend may need to increase his/her budget a bit. Audioadvisor.com has the Cambridge Audio 540A for $349, for example. If musicality and sheer performance are a priority...
  29. Alex F.

    looking for speaker stands

    The best selection I know of, in all price ranges, is at audioadvisor.com. Trusty, reliable folks, too. Placed many orders and never had a problem with a purchase or a return.
  30. Alex F.

    Bipole Speaker Placement

    Daman: It's really a subjective choice, and it's fun to experiment. Bipoles, dipoles, and monopoles have their own specific attributes. Dipoles work best overall for ambience reproduction in movies and classical music, but one should be sitting in the null area for best results. I have...
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