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  1. Russell _T

    Help me buy my HomeTheater system

    I would definitely consider taking a hard look at the new Emotiva packages from AV123 that Alex suggested. At the moment, I don't see how you can beat their bang for the buck pricing, build quality, and customer service. I have bought many A/V products from them over the years, and have found...
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    Dayton in-wall speakers

    Home Theater Direct has some nice in-walls that are reasonably priced.
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    Rockets, Swans Bi-ampable?

    Bi-wiring was a useless trend that fortunately passed several years ago, and never produced any sonic improvement. Most speaker companies have dropped the practice because even they couldn't argue the merits. Bi-amping if done properly may or may not lead to improved sound, but it is more...
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    The Rocket RS 750 Signature Speakers Are Here!!!!...

    For the cigar smokers out there: GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A 108-year-old man has taken up smoking again, encouraged by gifts of cigars from as far away as London. Retired railroad worker Walter Breuning spoke at his birthday party Tuesday of how he reluctantly quit smoking cigars at the...
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    The Rocket RS 750 Signature Speakers Are Here!!!!...

    I find it vaguely disturbing that I actually agree with Curtis for a change. :D Big Time. :D
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    headphones

    Under $100.00, I would check out the Sennheiser 280 Pro. They list for $200.00, but can often be found in the $80.00 range. They are closed units with great detail and very comfy.
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    Best Pre/Pro

    Cool. :) I agree that Pre/pros have different sounds. (Although they should be designed to be neutral like a good amp) but better could easily be the placebo effect. I don't want to raise the ugly head of blind testing, but it works if you don't get too crazy with it. I find the info that...
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    Best Pre/Pro

    Actually Bigwally and I spent a day at "Sounds Like Music" in Phoenix recently, and they carry pretty much all the latest high end SS gear including Meridian. I spent quite a bit of time in one of their sound rooms switching between the ML and Meridian rigs with B&W Sig 800 speakers. I can...
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    Best Pre/Pro

    Hi John, I can't find the quotes feature here, so I will answer your points in order. 1) Is there an audible difference between those DAC's? No. 2) Digital connection is nice, but how many DVDA players can you hook it up to? Meridian probably has one, but how much does that cost? 3) Nice...
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    Best Pre/Pro

    What do the above mentioned mega buck pre's have that would make them sound better than your Denon? The 4802, or even the 3802 measure as good as it gets. Anything that measures better is not audible, so why pay for it? Features are a different matter, but how many features do you need that the...
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    wow, I am amazed by these Rockets

    The price/performance ratio for the Rocket speakers is just sick. I don't know how they make any money giving them away at those prices. You made out like a bandit. :)
  12. Russell _T

    Looking for a small good quality speaker system.

    John, To answer your question, is a set of 2K Klipsch's as good as a 1K set of Ascends? To me, no, not even the Reference series, but ultimately as the old saying goes, you have to decide that for yourself. BTW you mentioned that you liked the Ascend package because of the Hsu sub. It might...
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    Looking for a small good quality speaker system.

    You can never go wrong with a Hsu sub. ;)
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    Looking for a small good quality speaker system.

    John, Another Internet Direct company that sells the highly regarded ELT's is www.AV123.com has already been mentioned here. The mains and surrounds are identical, and the package comes with a matching 10" subwoofer and a very strong center. While I personally don't have any quarrel with the...
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    Best Loudspeaker for $2,000

    The $2000.00 range puts you in the sweet spot as far as a seemingly limitless selection of great speakers goes. Of the many I have heard in that niche, the Rockets still top my list for both home theater and music.
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    Another stupid question, Fluance SX-HTB versus Rocket ELT

    The new Rocket UFW-10 probably competes on the same playing field with the VFT-2 though. AV123 will probably be willing to substitute (no pun intended) it for the little ELT sub for a premium. I have one of the UFW-10's here, but haven't had a chance to listen to it yet. Like all Onix products...
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    Another stupid question, Fluance SX-HTB versus Rocket ELT

    I would have to agree that the Hsu VTF-2 is better than the ELT sub, but the Hsu lists for $200.00 more than the ELT sub. I have heard both the Ascends and the ELT's, and I prefer the ELT's for both their sound and build. If you search, there have been a number of Fluance threads on these...
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    Why Do Swans and Rockets look alike

    LOL, I'm sure you are well educated, however your query isn't appropriate to this discussion or this Forum, hence my suggestion.
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    Why Do Swans and Rockets look alike

    Try taking a class in Global Economics.
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    Why Do Swans and Rockets look alike

    Stephen, Have you heard the 5.2? The 4.1's were a better speaker than the 5.1, but with the addition of the dedicated midrange, I wonder how they sound now. They probably sound as good as the old 6.1's which were killer. I still listen to mine all the time.
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    Why Do Swans and Rockets look alike

    Actually the Rockets are being manufactured in their own factory operated by Mr. Schifter and his partner.
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    Why Do Swans and Rockets look alike

    Good Morning guys. I just noticed this thread, and since I own both the Swans Divas, and the Rockets, I thought I would chime in. There is a long history here, but I will try to keep it short. The Divas were originally voiced and imported by Mark Schifter of www.AV123.com. He eventually had...
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    Swans Diva 5.1....

    The 5.1's were kind of the redheaded stepchild of the Diva line. They exibited some ringing in the upper registers and did not match the C3 as well as the 4.1 or 6.1. I think the 4.1 is the better buy. You can still get them new from Jon Lane, but I can't remember his site. The Divas are really...
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    Warmer sounding: Outlaw 1050 or Denon 4802.

    I believe you can get an Outlaw 950 with their new 100 watt amp for around the same price as the 4802 can't you? I find that my 950 has all the features I need, and a few I don't. :) The Outlaw stuff is genuine high end gear at bargain prices.
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    Warmer sounding: Outlaw 1050 or Denon 4802.

    John, I don't think Denon can be beat in the channel separation department. What speakers were you doing the demo on? That is most likely the culprit. That and the room. Your Divas are better speakers than anything you will find in a B&M for anywhere near the price. If you are really interested...
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    Warmer sounding: Outlaw 1050 or Denon 4802.

    As a current owner of an Outlaw 950/770 rig, and two of the smaller Denon's, I don't understand your perception that the Denon is muffled. I have always found Denon to have exceptional clarity and channel separation. As well thought of as the 1050 is, the 4802 is a big step up in terms of...
  27. Russell _T

    Athena AS-F2 or Rocket RS750

    Uh yeah. I've miked my Rocket 750's at 120 db one foot from the tweeter with no audible distortion or compression to my ears. I wouldn't push it much past that, as most speakers aren't designed to take that kind of punishment for long, and you will do serious damage to your hearing in no time at...
  28. Russell _T

    Best Center Speaker Suggestions for under $1,000

    You do need to consider timbre matching, but if you are just looking for the best center under $1000.00, what Lew said. Rocket "Bigfoot" RSC200 here.
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    I Hate My New Grado Headphones.....

    Thanks. I have that link. I thought you were talking about the audio rags.
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    I Hate My New Grado Headphones.....

    Wayne, Could you please point me to the magazine articles you are referring too? I would like to read some PX100 reviews. Thanks,
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