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General Discussion / Re: New listening room update
« on: April 06, 2018, 09:00:51 AM »
Before I start comparing, I guess I will have to remove the Hafler from the chain since it has only one set of speaker outputs. 

When I was using multiple speakers I used a Niles speaker switch/selector. Worked pretty well and maintains proper Ohms.

Good job on the room. Next time try some low VOC/low odor paint. Had to repaint the kitchen and the stuff barely smells.

Home Theater Audio / Re: Considering a receiver
« on: April 05, 2018, 04:40:51 PM »
I've got an older Denon where the menu is just unbearable, VCR's had better on screen menus. Our few year old Marantz 1602 is worlds better, but still frustrating. I believe that Marantz shares the same firmware as some Denons. Not sure how their latest receivers are menu wise. The 1602 is low power, but has a nice sound, it's on the girls' tv.

I got a Yamaha RX-V681 a year or so ago. Menu is much simpler. Doesn't have Audyssey, but does have YPAO which only takes one measurement. Sounds fairly neutral and balanced and does what it is supposed to do. For me, I wanted 4K passthrough, with the thinking the TV should handle that better than a HTR. I watch a combination of Apple TV, Blu Ray and Fios. I'd be much happier if more channels broadcast in at least 5.1. Some programs that are in 2 channel sound strange in 7.1, but going back to 2.1 sounds so tiny.

I can say Jim's Marantz (and speakers) put you IN the car crashes.

The Circular File / Bring them up right
« on: April 04, 2018, 03:23:22 PM »
My sister in law made a few of these for the rug rat.

He's 7 months now. Not quite sure which way his hair should go, so I comb it straight up and let fall where it falls.

My 721 went a little wonky and I found a broke part. Figured if I have to tear it down I might as well build a repair stand for it. Maybe someday Zack will get some use out of it.

Looking for something special? / Re: Speakers
« on: April 03, 2018, 11:00:21 AM »
You're on your way now! Looking good.

Repair / Help / Re: Scarred cap
« on: April 01, 2018, 08:13:16 PM »
The JD9 that cap is in has an audible hiss in it. Tried multiple different remedies - tubes, OP amps, rerouting wires, etc and so far nothing has tamed it. So I was in there looking real close and found that cap. Some suggest multiple caps and diodes be replaced in the power supply, I'll add that one to the list.

Repair / Help / Scarred cap
« on: April 01, 2018, 01:52:13 PM »
Any idea what causes this? It's a cap on a power supply board. While it looks like it could make contact with the aluminum fin, it's just an illusion. There's no way it could have bent over that far.

Welcome Wagon / Re: PGH Noob
« on: March 24, 2018, 05:43:04 PM »
Welcome. Love Marcus King, hopefully he makes a stop around here sometime.

Iím sure someone here can point you in good direction for speakers.

TUBES TUBES TUBES / Re: Tube tester
« on: March 19, 2018, 09:46:56 AM »

where are you located?   I have a tester you are welcome to borrow or stop out and test those tubes here.  I could use a lesson!!!


Mike, Iím in Bethel Park. A lesson from me would be a case of the blind leading the blind. Iíve used one tester at Trader Jacks and it didnít really work. Iíve got a volunteer to help me with testing these tubes. Perhaps after I get schooled a bit I can pass the knowledge on to you. 

« on: March 17, 2018, 03:26:33 PM »
Iíve got a dozen or more tubes that Iíd like to test. Some of them are of no use to me and Iíd like them tested before I trade/sell them. Anyone know where I can borrow a tester or take them to get tested? Thanks

TUBES TUBES TUBES / Re: 12at7a recommendations
« on: March 11, 2018, 05:11:27 PM »
Thanks guys. Gives me some reading to do until the new amp arrives.

TUBES TUBES TUBES / 12at7a recommendations
« on: March 10, 2018, 03:06:11 PM »
I've got another tube amp on the way, I think it's time to double down on the watts. I can move my EL84's and a single 12ax7 from my current amp over to the new amp. The new amp also takes two 12at7's, I believe the originals are Electro Harmonix. I haven't heard them, but from other EH tubes I've heard I'm betting there are reasonably priced replacements that outperform the EH's. Anyone rolled 12at7's and have opinions on their characteristics? Not looking to buy any soon, there's always a chance the amp doesn't meet expectations and gets sent back.

The Circular File / Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« on: February 26, 2018, 09:37:35 PM »
Im looking to get a Pink Floyd Pulse. Have a ok vinyl copy and sold my original blinking light CDs. Wish You Were Here was a great listen. I had things vibrating all over the place.

The Circular File / Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« on: February 26, 2018, 07:25:27 PM »
But how did you like the surround mix?   That is one I haven't sat down with yet.

I'm still warming up to the surround listening. No major complaints on that disc. However, I think one of the Doors discs was a horrible mix IMO. Seemed like they turned an amateur loose on the mixer.

The Circular File / Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:42:23 PM »
Didn't see any reports of an explosion locally, so presume everything held up!

Everything survived my high volume torture, although I unknowingly knocked the power cord out of the 70" tv and thought it was toast.

The Circular File / Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« on: February 25, 2018, 12:12:29 PM »
ABB Fillmore East surround disc from STaL. If something is going to blowup, itís going to happen today.

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