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  1. Kevin McCurdy

    FS: Whole bunch of great hardware & some cables.

    Philip, I sent you an email regarding the Russound Act-1. Thanks, Kevin
  2. Kevin McCurdy

    FS: Denon 2900S $700 shipped

    James, I sent you an email:) Kevin
  3. Kevin McCurdy

    Help putting together a home theater setup

    David, With your budget you have the opportunity to setup a nice system. I was thinking along the lines with GregD's suggestion on expenditures. 5,000. - 7,000. on speakers (Most important part, IMHO) 3,000. - 4,000. on electronics 500. - 1,000. 0n cabling Do you need to fit a...
  4. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    Well, happy to report the CD/SACD player does not exhibit the same issues as my DVD/DVD-A player. I loaded it with alternating CD,SACD,CD,SACD,CD and flipped through each and the MC-8 switched perfectly between inputs using MusicLogic for the cd's and 5.1a on the SACD's without any problems.
  5. Kevin McCurdy

    Help putting together a home theater setup

    David, It may help if you provide your budget requirements in order to help narrow down the choices.
  6. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    Kevin, Your right it's "Shift","THX" on the remote for DD EX and once you do that it toggles between EX decoding on, off and auto, which in turn enables either EX or THXUltra2 to be used. DTS ES you use "Shift", "DTS" to toggle between the decoding. Again it's really easy to do. I can see...
  7. Kevin McCurdy

    Acoustic Research HC6 vs Fluance AV-HTB

    The HC6 set sounds pretty good for it's size and price. I set them up in a bedroom system also and was pleasantly surprised at how well they filled the room and I found them to be just as Jack described neutral sounding and enjoyable to listen to. I haven't heard or seen Fluance, so I can't...
  8. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    John, I know what you mean with the Radio shack meter. It's kind of tough to read when your trying to get out of the way. I use pillows and stack them up to ear level and place the meter on top of those at an angle. Andy, Yeah, I'm really enjoying this new toy. It's funny when you read...
  9. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    Shawn & Philip, Thank you for your detailed responses! I really appreciate it. John, You can keep the main calibration the same just go into the individual listening modes and adjust the output up/down 2 db's for your dipoles based on your preference. You've got the capability might...
  10. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    Since I've had a few days to familarize myself with the unit I've come up with a few questions I'd like to ask. One of things I noticed different with the MC-8 in the speaker configuration is there's no selection for dipole speakers. In the MC-1 you could choose dipole and it would adjust...
  11. Kevin McCurdy

    Speaker wire

    I just came back from Home Depot with 80 feet of the 12 guage wire. Paid $0.30 a foot. You need to go to the bulk cable area and ask them to cut it for you. They also sell it in spools 250 ft long.
  12. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    Kevin, Thanks, I read the thread. I reconfigured the internal settings on the MC-8 disabling the analog input for DVD1 and used DVD2 for 5.1a, disabling the digital input. Pretty easy and quick. I listened to the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac DVD-A's yesterday the bypass sounds great. At first...
  13. Kevin McCurdy

    speakers to go with my pioneer vsx-D912K

    GlenRF, How many speakers do you need? How big is your room. Do you need a sub as well? JBL's would be fine, as well as many others. Your budget, room size and the number of speakers needed will help others in providing suggestions. I've setup a 912k in a bedroom system. It's a nice...
  14. Kevin McCurdy

    Recommended Speakers for $300

    Javier_A, I was wondering if you got your HC6's and whether or not you liked them. Glad to see they worked out for you. Another vote for and user of the AR HC6's.
  15. Kevin McCurdy

    Wall mounting HC6 sats

    I wall mounted them with Omni-sat 10 brackets, 1 for each surround and two for the center channel. I didn't notice any degradation of the sound from them being mounted versus what I'd heard prior to mounting them. The rear ports are about 4 inches away from the wall with the speakers angled...
  16. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    Shawn, Thanks for the explanation.
  17. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    John, You know from reading the various posts I was expecting a subtle performance increase, but I found it to be anything but subtle. Everything I've tried so far is better in my opinion. I'm like a kid in a candy store. I was waiting until I had more time with the unit, but since you...
  18. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    Kevin, Thanks for the link. I searched through several pages, but couldn't find the thread your referring to. Maybe it's inside another thread with a different topic or maybe I didn't look far enough? Anyway can you give an example of how you set yours up? If you would I'm curious about both...
  19. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    TommyL, I guess the best thing you could do is to try it and see which you prefer. I've been hearing really good comments about the logic music modes in the MC-8. I haven't tried them myself, but plan too once I get everything setup.
  20. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    Shawn, Thanks for confirming that. I'll just use DVD2 for DVD-A since I don't have another DVD player in my system.
  21. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    Lewis, The Metric increment is .2 meters. Steve, I've only begun setting up my unit today and what I've heard so far has me grinning from ear to ear. Has anyone configured their DVD input for both optical digital and 5.1 analog input? I'm trying to connect my RP-91 for both optical...
  22. Kevin McCurdy

    looking for upgrade advice

    One 5 channel amp I can think of around the $300.00 range would be the Harman Kardon PA5800. Five channels at 80 watts (8 ohms). Pretty well regarded amp at it's price point, you'll have to search the used market because it's no longer made.
  23. Kevin McCurdy

    Aura Bass Shaker Pros

    Eric, Thanks again. I'll order two and try them out.
  24. Kevin McCurdy

    Aura Bass Shaker Pros

    Eric, Thanks. I don't have any gain controls on the amp (Harman Kardon Signature 2.1) I plan on using. I intend on splitting the LFE channel between the subs and bass shakers, so the only gain control I have would be through the preamp (Lexicon MC-8). The sub levels are calibrated...
  25. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    Sorry Lewis, I don't have mine setup yet, so I'm only going by what's in the manual and I don't see any reference to increments of either feet or meters.
  26. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    John, Thanks. I do have other questions regarding the speaker settings, triggers and mode settings, but I'll wait to ask them until after I go through the installation and setup.
  27. Kevin McCurdy

    Aura Bass Shaker Pros

    Is there such a thing as supplying too much wattage to the bass shakers? Their wattage ratings are pretty low 25/35 watts for the standard bass shakers and 50/75watts for the pro version. I'd like to use a couple on an extra channel of my 110 watt(8 ohms)amp, but I'm a little concerned that...
  28. Kevin McCurdy

    Lexicon mc-8 discoveries

    Lewis, The MC-8 can switch between feet or meters for speaker distances. Specifically the range is from 0 to 30ft or 1 to 12m. John, I can't wait to hook mine up. As your probably aware it came in yesterday and is now sitting on the floor in front of my disassembled system. Since I...
  29. Kevin McCurdy

    Any suggestions on an amp to power 4 25W Bass Shakers?

    I've been wanting to try this but was always concerned by the max wattage spec of the Bass shakers being rated at 25 watts. I have 2 extra 110 watts (@ 8 ohm) channels from my HK Signature 2.1 that aren't being used. I wanted to use one of the channels to drive 2 shakers. Would that be too...
  30. Kevin McCurdy

    Acoustic Research HC6 with banana plugs?

    Javier_A, I didn't try anything else, so I'm not sure which connectors would fit. I ended up inserting bare wire into the binding posts.
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