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Tom Robinson
2004-05-30, 14:36
>if you are going to start spending money on your system and want high
>end audio, start by replacing the receiver with separates or at least
>a quality integrated. Also, what kind of speakers do you use? And, are
>you currently using the receiver for mult-channel home theater?

Current setup is Marantz DV8300 CD/DVD player (high-end consumer), Yamaha RX-V795 amp (mid-range consumer), dB Plus DB+ 990 floor standing speakers (mid/top range consumer 15 years ago) for music, high quality interconnects and speaker cable.

For 5.1 the speakers are Energy XL-16 front, Energy XL-C centre, Mirage FRx Rear, Energy EXL-S8 subwoofer. All good quality bookshelf size.

So yes, the amp is for home theatre as well. The amp and speakers are next on the list to upgrade, and while I’m pretty sure I’d notice a difference other things take priority in the big picture, Squeezebox included ;-)

I like the 5.1 setup for movies, but for playing music DVDs and DVD Audio it sucks. I suspect the bookshelf speakers, but it could be the amp. Playing 5.1 music through the main speakers for front + bookshelf for rear helps, but still poorer sound than the equivalent CD (and of course mismatched!)

The room itself is also an acoustic nightmare, being semi-open plan!

Always interested in opinions ;-)

Cheers

Lloyd Madsen
2004-05-31, 07:32
Combining home theater and 2 channel high end audio into one room is
extremely difficult. I tried to marry the two for a couple years and gave
up. Now, it's HT in the main room and a separate 2 channel listening room
(where the squeezebox resides). I don't know how important music or the
quality is to you. You may be perfectly happy making minor upgrades to your
HT system and room acoustics so listening to music is a pleasure. If you
have to put it all together you could buy a separate 5 or 7 channel amp, a
pre-pro and a 2-channel pre or linestage. You can put them together as long
as you have a HT bypass in the pre. This way you could share the same front
LR speakers. Just make sure you don't have a monster TV or rack between
them.






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From: "Tom Robinson" <tamati (AT) paradise (DOT) net.nz>
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Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2004 2:36 PM
Subject: [slim] What's the audio quality like?


>if you are going to start spending money on your system and want high
>end audio, start by replacing the receiver with separates or at least
>a quality integrated. Also, what kind of speakers do you use? And, are
>you currently using the receiver for mult-channel home theater?

Current setup is Marantz DV8300 CD/DVD player (high-end consumer), Yamaha
RX-V795 amp (mid-range consumer), dB Plus DB+ 990 floor standing speakers
(mid/top range consumer 15 years ago) for music, high quality interconnects
and speaker cable.

For 5.1 the speakers are Energy XL-16 front, Energy XL-C centre, Mirage FRx
Rear, Energy EXL-S8 subwoofer. All good quality bookshelf size.

So yes, the amp is for home theatre as well. The amp and speakers are next
on the list to upgrade, and while I’m pretty sure I’d notice a difference
other things take priority in the big picture, Squeezebox included ;-)

I like the 5.1 setup for movies, but for playing music DVDs and DVD Audio it
sucks. I suspect the bookshelf speakers, but it could be the amp. Playing
5.1 music through the main speakers for front + bookshelf for rear helps,
but still poorer sound than the equivalent CD (and of course mismatched!)

The room itself is also an acoustic nightmare, being semi-open plan!

Always interested in opinions ;-)

Cheers