This may be a bit beyond the 2-Channel forum postings; my system is more of a 4-Channel setup. I cranked up my system tonight, as the wife was out. I started with some LP's on my Merrill-Modified Thorens 160HD turntable into a McIntosh MC130 preamp. Twin monoblocked McIntosh MC2125 powered Belles in the front, and McIntosh MC2200 powered Fortes in the rear. Once I had the volume up to 50/100 on the preamp, there was a hum which became progressively louder as the volume increased, to the point it overpowered the sound of the music. I normally listen at volume levels of 15-30/100 on the preamp, so I had not noticed this before. The hum was not present when I listened to CD's through my McIntosh MCD 7007 CD player, regardless of the volume. The turntable is grounded. Everything is plugged into a MonsterPower HTPS 7000 Powersource. I'm getting some serious feedback (not the good kind) from the turntable. Any ideas of where I should look to resolve the issue? I rarely, if ever push this system. Still, I would like to keep the sound from the turntable as pristine as I can.
SOoooo... you are using HDMI out from the PC >> HDMI audio extractor >> Toslink >> DAC.
What is it about this that is better than using Toslink straight out from the PC to the DAC?
Toslink out sucks compared to my USB setup (granted I have a lot invested there).
Does the HDMI help clean up something for the Toslink connection?
My RB-5s are in storage but always impressed. I wanted to get the crossovers recapped to kick them up a notch.
My spiked stands were lead shot filled and the bass was very tight.
Instead of 'bookshelf' I like to think of them as mini monitors.
I haven't checked myself, but as stated, the new Pioneer Elite line recently came out e.g. SC-LX901...I recommend looking for SC-91 or higher. Do some research based on your preferences. The SC line from 2015 still has ATMOS and all the network goodies. May possibly be cheaper. Just an idea.
I was just in Orlando for the opening of Universal's Halloween Horror Nights last weekend, and I don't really have any plans on going back anytime soon. If anything changes, I'll let you know.
Price is reasonably negotiable for who ever is going to come get them the same day they make an offer.
Thanks for looking ...