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  1. Chuck Kent

    Let's talk the friend out of the Bose speaker system.....

    I'm never sure where to begin when I'm trying to convince someone to realize that with few exceptions, Bose is a poor sound value. :frowning: Rather than write a book (which I could do), I'll try to sum it up as quickly as I can. 1) Go out and compare with music (NOT movies) the Bose...
  2. Chuck Kent

    Any Thiel owners out there?

    I run a pair of now ancient CS 1.2's in my bedroom. I recently posted at another forum that I doubt I will ever get rid of them. They are just too enjoyable! The amount of toe-in would be, IMO, up to the individual. But since Thiels have 1st order crossovers, and each driver covers a fairly...
  3. Chuck Kent

    B&W Fronts 704,705,805 - which ones?

    Andy: I think the CC6 will work ok... But it's good to keep in mind that a great deal of standard TV and movie sound plays through that center speaker. A better speaker in the middle will make it's presence known! To my ears, the 700 series is a bit more open on the top end than the 600's...
  4. Chuck Kent

    B&W Fronts 704,705,805 - which ones?

    Maybe my own recent speaker purchases may help??? I'm in the process of completing a 704, HTM 7 and DM 600-S3 setup (with an M&K sub.) I feel these speakers all have a similar sound with the 700 series speakers being a bit more open. (Plus space in back is at a premium so 705's are out.) I...
  5. Chuck Kent

    Recommended speakers for a bright room

    One word... Vandersteen!
  6. Chuck Kent

    question on Denon 3805/2805

    Check the lower half of page 72 on how to adjust each channel. You should be able to adjust the sub in both Direct and Stereo. Let us know what you find out... :)
  7. Chuck Kent

    question on Denon 3805/2805

    Yeah, I'm currently running a 3803 (as a pre/pro) and it can do it for Stereo or Direct mode. I know the 2803 could do it too. But as I think about it, I think my 3802 (I still have in the closet) could only do it for Direct mode. So it must be just the generation before the xx05 series...
  8. Chuck Kent

    question on Denon 3805/2805

    Denon's have been able to do this for a generation or two. The sub can be ran or it can be turned off. Your choice...
  9. Chuck Kent

    Pioneer DV-578A

    Glad to see you got things going!
  10. Chuck Kent

    Pioneer DV-578A

    Mike__P: IMO, I think your only choice to really get the bass you're looking for is to either get a player that has built-in channel level adjustments or to spring for the ICBM. The sub level differences between high-res audio and regular DVDs has to be corrected for somewhere in the playback...
  11. Chuck Kent

    Pioneer DV-578A

    Mike: Glad you like it. I really enjoy listening to higher res music, not to mention the surround aspect too. IMO, I think the Pioneer players (563 and 578) are some of the best bargains in audio I've ever purchased. (And that's over a quarter of a century!) Now that you're on your way to...
  12. Chuck Kent

    Pioneer DV-578A

    Hey Mike! Doing great! Haven't been here much lately. Been hanging out at some of the PC help forums for the last few months. Trying to learn how to keep all the slimeware off of my babies! ;) I checked over my 578 again and it is sans level adjustments. My old 563 had them but they are MIA...
  13. Chuck Kent

    You’re not supposed to use alcohol to clean your cassette deck, right?

    Rachel is 100% correct. Go for the 91% version, not the 70% rubbing alcohol. Most 70% I've seen contains lanolin. That's the goo that stays behind...
  14. Chuck Kent

    My wife wants a Bose Wave Radio

    I bought a Cambridge 740 for my office a few months back. It is by far the best sound I've had from anything near it's size. Especially considering that it must run at a fairly low volume most of the time. It still sounds great up higher but for having something on and still hearing normal...
  15. Chuck Kent

    Denon and Yamaha owners with Auto-EQ... your thoughts on this white paper article>>>>

    I try to not get into too many of these kinds of discussions anymore because of the valid points that the Meridian paper brings up. The paper's conclusions fly in the face of many Yamaha, Pioneer and Denon receiver owners who hear greatly improved things above 250Hz. That said, I do believe...
  16. Chuck Kent

    Pioneer DV-578A skipping on DVD-Audio

    My 578A was also made June 2004. I don't have the disc you note but I have not had any skipping from any disc I've tried so far, no matter what the format...
  17. Chuck Kent

    Pioneer DV-578A

    Yes, unfortunately, the 578 does not offer level adjustments. And you're absolutely right. My 2.5 year old Yamaha receiver can't adjust the 6.1 inputs separate from the other surround level settings. Thus a sizeable portion of my reasoning for an ICBM, which does allow the user to separately...
  18. Chuck Kent

    Pioneer DV-578A

    I don't have the Billy Joel SACD so I can't help... My ICBM arrived and thanks to the ability to turn up the subwoofer (by as much as 9db), I now have bass from my 578! So far, I've only listened to a couple of discs. But they sound nice!!! I guess the old 563 will now go to my parents...
  19. Chuck Kent

    Pioneer DV-578A

    Well, I bought a 578 a few hours ago. I haven't had much of a chance to really listen to it but one thing missing (that the 563 had) is level adjustments for the 5.1 analog outputs. The adjustments are MIA on the 578. This is VERY, VERY bad in that SACD and DVD-A require a 10db increase in...
  20. Chuck Kent

    Pioneer DV-578A

    Unfortunately for me, I'm looking at a minimum 1.5 hours each way to the nearest repair shop. Personally not into boxing and shipping either... It's probably been covered here on other threads but if the fix is simply a CD-based firmware upgrade, I don't understand Pioneer's reluctance to...
  21. Chuck Kent

    Pioneer DV-578A

    I read very quickly through this thread, so if I missed the answer, please forgive me. Does the 578 play the newer DVD-Audio discs that the 563 refused to play? Examples...Steely Dan Gaucho, T-Rex Electric Warrior, Neil Young Greendale??? Pioneer won't let me upgrade my own player and I'm...
  22. Chuck Kent

    Bass Managment for stereo system?

    Over the years, I have tinkered with a few different crossovers for use in the various systems I owned. I've tried the 2 channel passive version that M&K sold for several years, an model Henry Kloss made for Cambridge Soundworks for a limited time, an X-30 from Paradigm, some of the passive...
  23. Chuck Kent

    Bass Managment for stereo system?

    Over the years, I have tinkered with a few different crossovers for use in the various systems I owned. I've tried the 2 channel passive version that M&K sold for several years, an model Henry Kloss made for Cambridge Soundworks for a limited time, an X-30 from Paradigm, some of the passive...
  24. Chuck Kent

    Denon 3803 - diff subwoofer levels for diff sources?

    On the 3803, you can adjust sub levels to be different by mode. So if you run the CD player as Stereo and the DVD player as Dolby Digital, you can indeed have different sub levels by input. But if you are running the same modes for both players, then you're stuck with the same overall level...
  25. Chuck Kent

    Denon 3802 and 4 ohm surrounds

    You should be ok to go as is. Especially since surrounds aren't typically driven as hard as the fronts are. One thing that helps any amp or receiver when driving lower impedence loads is to keep the unit as cool as possible. Don't block any of the ventilation holes and if the unit is in a...
  26. Chuck Kent

    The Denon Toaster...erm I mean the 2200...(and 2900?)

    To date, every DVD player I've owned gets very warm. I've never measured the actual temp. but my 2200 Denon seems be a tad warmer than some of the others. Funny thing though is that when playing SACDs, it doesn't get near as warm....
  27. Chuck Kent

    Need some help with my Denon 3803 (newbie)

    If all else fails, reseting the receiver can often cure some odd issues. The microprocessor reset procedure is detailed toward the back of the manual. You will lose any setup changes you've made (the unit returns to the same state as it was the day it left the factory) but it may solve your...
  28. Chuck Kent

    Dolby Digital Problem with the Denon 3803 (Help!)

    If you've checked all of the settings on both the X-Box and the receiver (along with the cable that you're using), and nothing looks wrong, then I'd try the processor reset routine on the 3803. It's shown toward the back of the manual and it can cure some things like this. Be aware that the...
  29. Chuck Kent

    Denon DVD player firmware update...

    I did a search and didn't see any references to the updates here at HTF. Jeff Talmadge from Denon posts over at AVS from time to time and very recently alerted Denon DVD users that updates to the 2200, 2900 and 5900 have been prepared and are now available. Specifically, the 2200 and the...
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