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DEATH OF BLURAY ?According to findings from Statista Consumer Insights, DVD and Blu-ray are quickly spinning out of fashion across the globe, with the share of respondents who watched video from a physical format declining, sometimes significantly, in all major markets. https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/dvd-blu-ray-are-quickly-spinning-out-fashion
dacs Cary DMS500 Network Player?
MAGRF7 posted a topic in 2-Channel Home AudioHello y’all, Im looking at the Cary DMS 500 to upgrade my Project S2 Digital and wanting to make the plunge. I just wanted to get a feel for what any of your opinions are that own this unit. Im pairing it with an Adcom 5802 750 Pre and the Cf4’s. I’ve read really great things on the DMS and haven’t really found too much negative feedback on it. Thanks so much for any and all info ~ appreciate it fellas.
Streaming DAC's for Two-Channel
Rooster42 posted a topic in 2-Channel Home AudioBig hello to all you KlipschManiacs out there, I've finally gotten my main 2 Channel system narrowed down and ready to really dial in. Currently the main system consists of Forte II's backed up with two REL T3 subwoofers to tackle and tighten the bottom end. They are driven by a Pass Aleph 30 (30 WPC) solid state amplifier connected with Soniquil speaker cables by Raven Audio and a Soniquil power cable to the amplifier section (plug #6) of an Audioquest Powerquest 2. For volume and switching duties I'm running a Classe' Audio Four Preamplifier to feed the Pass amp connected by Mogami Gold XLR's, connected to the Powerquest with a Cardas Cross power cable. For source components i have a Thorens TD 209, using Audioquest Evergreen RCA's (planning to upgrade) and Audioquest Saturn Ground Goody's, to connect to a Parks Audio Puffin, in turn connected to the preamp with Audioquest Evergreen RCA's (another soon to be upgraded interconnect). The Thorens is provided power by the powerquest and the Puffin is fed power by Furman Equipment For a CD/SACD source i'm awaiting an OPPO BDP-93 from another forum member (I'M STOKED, as i missed out on the Oppo offerings of the last 10-15 years). And finally, to the main point of this post, for a streaming source I utilize an Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Reciever/DAC connected to the preamp with Morrow Audio MA2 RCA Interconnects plugged into Furman gear for EMI/RFI filtration and clean power. The resolution and quality that the Audioengine gives me from Amazon Music HD and Ultra HD is nothing short of incredible. If you are not using a lossless audio provider for streaming music, like Amazon HD or Tidal, even for a mid-fi set up like mine you are doing yourself a great disservice. The quality is jaw dropping compared to streaming using any regular service. To that end I would like to know what streaming recievers and DACS you guys have experience with, and if there are any truly HIFI audiophile bluetooth receivers that are decently priced, (not looking to spend 1500$ 10,000$ 280,000$ like some audiophile gear can be) so looking in the 50$-800$ range. Also maybe a separate DAC that could take my AE B1 to the next level? Does anyone have any experience with the IFI Zen Blue? What about the Bludento BLT-HD? Is there an obvious unit that everyone here already uses and I'm just late to the party and need to be "enlightened"? Being able to pull from such a massive library like amazon music is an incredible convenience and while it won't replace my buying/collecting vinyl and cd's it is quite the way to demo music and access music with ease. Welcome to the 21st Century audiophiles! Also any thoughts/upgrade advice/suggestions on my system set up would be nice. My secondary system is Klipsch KLF-30's on a Yaqin MC13S (40WPC tube integrated) that i am currently gathering source components for. Thanks Guys! Rooster-
The Three - with Alexa
rh5000 posted a topic in Personal Music SystemsHi, My first post here. I've had my Three since Christmas and really like it. I use it almost exclusively with an echo dot and voice commands, in my bedroom. I've been curious the whole time, though, whether I've really got it connected correctly and I don't know how to figure it out. Everything is working great so I don't have any issues...just want to make sure I'm getting the most out of it. It is my understanding that The Three can stream Tidal directly. I guess the first thing would be to confirm I have this right. And what I mean is, it doesn't go through the echo and then to the Three, but the echo tells it what to play and the Three then connects to Tidal and streams the song. I want to make sure that is actually what is happening and that it's not going through the echo first and just acting like a connected bluetooth speaker. If I say, "Alexa, play Traveling Riverside Blues on Tidal", the Three will answer with "Playing Traveling Riverside Blues by Led Zepplin, from Tidal". So, the source is coming from Tidal. I just don't know how to tell what path it is taking to get there. I have an Echo Show in the kitchen and it responds exactly the same way. And, I have an echo plus in the living room that I connect to a bluetooth receiver connected to my receiver and it also responds the same way. So, I'd like to know if there is a way to tell if I am streaming directly to the Three or if it is going through the ehco dot. Any help or insight would be appreciated. If there is already some info on this, please point me in the right direction. I was not able to find anything searching. Thanks,
New streaming app
graham3693 posted a topic in LoungeThere is a relatively new streaming service that provides a pure classical music database with accurate useful metadata searches : IDAGIO. Can Klipsch add this to their streaming choices?
slow internet / STREAMING INTERNET TVEDIT: My internet issue was solved with the addition of a new modem. My speeds are now 217/21. Please read on. The topic expanded to Internet TV such as Sling TV steaming through devices such as Roku. Look to page 2 to continue that discussion. +++ I have been fighting my local IP Suddenlink. I got 50/5 with my previous plan for which I was paying $147. When I tried to lower my costs (new customers get $79 mo) after complaining and threatening to go to satellite TV at $25 mo they finally lowered the price to $122 and 200/20. My problem is I can't get those numbers. I have a Asus RT-56U a Doscis 3, gigabit router. I have it set to to 5G. With wireless I could only get 139/12 so I moved the router beside the computer. I bypassed the wireless receiver and made a wired connection to the integrated Realtek gigabit adapter. The Realtek driver is dated 4/6/15. Still not 200/20. The ping is excellent, as good as I've seen it. But how do I get to 200/20?
Whole Home Audio
ara.hambone posted a topic in Home TheaterFolks Need a little help if you don't mind. I've been used to a traditional a/v receiver with wired speaker setup and finally looking to simply away from this and go wireless. I'd also like to have at least 2 or 3 wireless speakers either inside or outside of the house. I really want the Klipsch HD Wireless 5.1 system, but it's a closed system. Ideally Klipsch figures out a way for it to be part of their whole home wireless, but they seem to be different networks. How should I best supplement that system to get the same audio sources (DVD, Cable) on all of my other wireless speakers, which are yet to be purchased? The only thing I can think of is using an output from my TV to feed into some other hub, ie Klipsch Gate or Sonos Connect. I was thinking of basically connecting to a Gate, but it only takes Analog 3.5mm input, which is just weird to me. I think Sonos Connect would accept traditional RCA inputs from my TV. Of course the Sonos Connect is $350 plus I would buy 2-3 wireless speakers at $200/300 a piece, ouch. And Sonos would be outside of the Klipsch family, which I've always like. Help!
Taken from: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160603/06530234613/broadband-ceos-admit-usage-caps-are-nothing-more-than-toll-uncompetitive-markets.shtml "Time and time again, we've noted how the broadband industry's justifications for usage caps just don't hold water. And while the industry used to falsely claim that caps were necessary due to congestion or to save us all from the bullshit "exaflood," the industry has slowly but surely stopped using any justification at all for what's really just glorified rate hikes on uncompetitive markets. These days, big ISPs like AT&T and Comcast looking to impose usage caps either give no justification whatsoever, or pretend they're doing consumers a favor by providing more "choice and flexibility." But over the last year, we've seen more and more broadband industry executives making it abundantly clear that usage caps just aren't necessary. For example, Dane Jasper, CEO of independent California ISP Sonic, this week made it clear that there's simply no good justification for caps as the cost to provide broadband services continues to drop. Apparently, you'll be shocked to learn, the "exaflood" was just a bogus bogeyman concocted to help ISPs scare regulators into turning a blind eye to price gouging: And though Sonic tends to have more consumer friendly policies overall, Jasper's not alone in admitting this. Frontier Communications, growing at an astounding rate after recently acquiring Verizon's unwanted Texas, California, and Florida broadband customers, this week stated it also has no plans to impose caps anytime soon. Why? Well one reason is they bungled the merger so badly they're walking a PR tight rope right now. But company CEO Dan McCarthy also makes it clear the cost to deliver broadband is dropping, making caps unnecessary: Even companies that do plan to impose usage caps have occasionally admitted that caps are completely untethered from network or financial realities. St. Louis-based cable operator Suddenlink has caps ranging from 250 GB to 550 GB, depending on speed. Its customers pay the increasingly-standard $10 per each additional 50 GB consumed, and have the "option" of paying an additional fee to avoid usage caps entirely. Yet outgoing Suddenlink CEO Jerry Kent made it abundantly clear on a conference call last fall that the days of investing serious amounts of capital into the network are long gone (especially for cable, where DOCSIS upgrades are relatively inexpensive). These days, the name of the game is milking your captive customers for all they're worth: These are three CEO admissions worth remembering as companies like AT&T (which just started heavily capping its customers last month) and Comcast (whose usage cap "trials" expand at a rabid clip) push whatever bullshit, half-baked excuse is in vogue this month for what's effectively just a toll on captive broadband customers."
Need Roku Help
Krispy Kirk posted a topic in Home TheaterApologies in advance if this is the wrong forum for soliciting technical assistance with a video streaming device... I bought a Roku 2 last week and I'm having a devil of a time getting it set up on my home network (Verizon Fios). Before I call Verizon and get the runaround I thought I'd try asking here since there's a decent likelihood that one of you has dealt with this exact situation. The set up: I have a wireless router installed in my home office at one end of my house. It is currently the sole router in the house and is Ethernet-connected to my PC. I have a Verizon set top box connected to the same daisy-chained Verizon coax in my home theater at the other end of my house. I have been advised by Roku owners to not even attempt to run my new Roku 2 wirelessly from my existing router since the distance is great (60+ feet) and allegedly the Roku is happier when connected via Ethernet cable. The problem: I found a spare router that Verizon told me I could keep a few years ago after they upgraded routers for their customers in my area. It is the same brand (Actiontec) and a similar model to the current one. I swapped it out in my office and my PC connected to the Internet fine via the old router so I know it works. But when I add it to my home theater in place of my set top box and then attach the Roku via Ethernet cable, the Roku is unable to access the Internet and establish my account. The solution that failed: After an afternoon's research on "Setting up multiple routers on a home network" and trying everything that was advised (including reassigning device IP addresses, disabling DHCP, resetting the entire network, etc) I'm no closer to having an Internet-connected Roku than when I started. The ultimate question: Can I use my spare router to provide my new Roku 2 with a hard-wired Internet connection or must I live with a Roku that is wirelessly-connected to a router that sits on the other end of my house?