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    Family Room: Klipsch Heresy III stock, Yamaha YST-SW90 sub, McIntosh MA6500 integrated amp, Schiit Bifrost 4490 DAC, Airport, iTunes, Sony SACD player
    Basement: Klipsch La Scala II stock, Rhythmic F12-G Sub, Klipsch RC-62ii center, Klipsch R-14s surrounds, McIntosh MC-58 8-channel amp, Yamaha HTR-5250 AVR PRE, Channel Islands VDA-2 DAC, VPI Scout w/Ortofon 2m blue, Airport, Apple TV, iTunes/Audirvana/Roon

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  1. Looking for a 5 channel amp...

    I've been very happy with my McIntosh MC-58 the last few years, for both HT and 2-channel. They can be found used from $900-1200 depending on the age and condition. They were manufactured from 2000 to around 2014, so there's lots out there. It's a very flexible and customizable 8-channel amp. I have mine set for 5-channel, with the front three channels bridged and the two rear channels stand-alone. The variable input level controls on each channel are very helpful matching up with your pre-amp and/or compensating for different speaker sensitivities, as will always be the case if your L/R channels are LSII's.
  2. Home Theater Receiver question

    810 or 850?
  3. Home Theater Receiver question

    I've never heard a Marantz AVR so I can't say. My 16 year old Yamaha won't die on me, but I think the right channel is starting to go, so I may be on the market soon too. Yamaha seems to have great reliability and things like HDMI switching and compatibility work well. I think at this price point, any of the Japanese brands can be made to sound the same for HT. It comes down to features and your personal preference on how those features are implemented. For example, research the differences in bass management and room correction between the two brands you are considering. I don't think one is better than the other - it's just what you prefer.
  4. Home Theater Receiver question

    I think you are splitting hairs at this point and the decision comes down to features, brand reliability and personal preference. I'm not too familiar with Atmos so you should verify whatever you buy has 9 onboard amps to support 5.1.4 to your liking: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/90-receivers-amps-processors/2704201-dolby-atmos-5-1-4-what-receiver.html
  5. Home Theater Receiver question

    The RX-A850 has 100WPC for 2-channels, and that number will drop off sharply when driving 5 or 7 channels. However, your RF-7s and RC-7 are pretty darned efficient, so you should have plenty of power for home theater. Set all your speakers to 'small' and let that giant sub handle all the heavy-wattage lifting. And, if you decide you need more, the RX-A850 has pre-outs to add an external amplifier.
  6. Home Theater Receiver question

    Buy the broken RX-A850 for $25 and send me the contact info of the guy selling the RX-A2060 for $650. Win win :-)
  7. Home Theater Receiver question

    I would be all over that RX-A2060 for $650. IMHO, for home theater, it comes down to features, future compatibility, reliability, and room correction. Once you get to a certain level, and the RX-A2060 is definitely at this level, I think they can all pretty much be made to sound the same or different to your liking.
  8. Led Zeppelin remaster

    I have all the 2014 remasters in hi-res digital from HDtracks. Well, except for CODA, but that's a different story. They are the best I've heard and I think the best SQ you can expect from Led Zeppelin, although I haven't heard some of the legendary copies like the Ludwig II pressing or the Diament CDs. If there was distortion in the original master tapes, then it is also present in the 2014 remasters. These are honest mixes, however as with all Led Zeppelin, don't all of a sudden get shy with the bass knob.
  9. R-15PM USB & high definition files

    2-channel 24/96 PCM stereo max. No DTS. No Dolby. No DSD (I think the tech is wrong.)
  10. Staduim

    Est-ce que vous voyez ceci? http://images.klipsch.com/Stadium_-_Manual_635186367104516000.pdf
  11. Anthem Mrx -1120

    Interested in your feedback because I am in the same boat. I have a 17 year old Yamaha AVR that I use as a pre-amp for HT only. It just won't die although I do think it is starting to go now finally. Anthem is interesting not only because of ARC but because it is one of the few AVR manufacturers that offers a true analog signal path with their 'analog direct' mode. However, in their FAQ, they basically say it's not really needed because analog-digital-analog conversion is transparent and offers all the benefits of ARC, bass management, and signal processing.
  12. Agreed. The internet (aka the cloud) and your computer would not work if lossless compression did not return bit-perfect results. Almost everything you access on the internet (Amazon, bank statements, brokerage accounts, Apple, utility companies, this website) is stored on devices that use lossless compression. Google even invented their own lossless compression method and made it open-source - see Google Snappy. The only resource lossless compression requires is CPU horsepower which is plentiful in modern computers. For long term archiving, choose whatever lossless format is most convenient for your needs - ALAC, FLAC doesn't matter - and don't lose any sleep over it.
  13. Ma 6450

    Use the main-out on the 6450 to send the full range signal to the sub, then dial in the low-pass filter frequency on the sub to blend well with the speakers. maybe somewhere around 60hz.
  14. AVR for Pre/Pro Duty

    Sounds complicated. At this price point, I would sell the 8100 and use the proceeds to get a Japanese AVR with all the current features and power you need. They tend to get all the specs, standards, and HDMI switching right. This interoperability, along with updated SQ features and a simpler audio path, are more than enough to overcome any minute SQ advantage the 8100 amp section may or may not have over the one native to the Japanese AVR.
  15. Roon

    Give it a little time. I'm still messing with metadata, genres, tags etc. Roon syncs with in my iTunes content plus another "hi-res" folder containing music downloaded or created outside of iTunes. Both of these sources are on a NAS device. I also had Roon import my iTunes playlists. Roon's powerful meta-data features - Focus, genres, radio, play-similar, favorites, tags etc - have really opened up musical possibilities for me. You can spend a lot of time reading up on obscure facts on your favorite artists. I am about half way through a free trial of Tidal. The integration with Roon is awesome but I'm on the fence about keeping due to its content. As far as sound output goes, I've been impressed with its sound quality and features. For SRC, I just use 'minimum phase and smooth' and compares favorably to what I was using in Audirvana - to my ears at least. I also used REW to create convolution filters for my various Roon zones that basically do room correction to my liking. The sound is awesome. I have an older Dragonfly 1.1 or 1.2 DAC that I connected to my MacBook. Roon found it right away and it seemed to work fine but I didn't play with it too much.