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  1. I'm trying to help my sister find a better more useful audio setup at home. This needs to include a portable speaker, streaming service and tablet. She has done some research and I feel she did a pretty good job with her findings. She thinks Sonos would be a viable solution with something like Spotify and a non Apple tablet. I looked into Sonos and thought the Move speaker might be her best bet. From there, I need recommendations for a Android type tablet or alternative portable speaker. Budget as around $600 for everything. She's a non-audiophile so things like bit perfect are meaningl
  2. That'll be a nice option. I'm on the fence about the whole wireless hub thing. I'd rather it be all wired except for those who want to stream music from their phones to the hub. Just act as a receiver, preamp or DAC then hook it all up to the speakers.
  3. The lack of proper sub integration in most if of todays active speakers are a considerable drawback. When I scaled back my system, I made sure that the speakers I was looking for had a sub out feature, not many do. I currently have a pair of KEF LS50W and use the sub out with a REL sub also. Not ideal, but it sure makes a difference. I was looking at those A500 as with the A700 for deeper bass extension. But without the option to integrate a sub I've lost interest. There are some options but they get really expensive. Like running a Trinnov Amethyst preamp. There's always tr
  4. I love Volbeat, except that last album release. I always had a hard time describing their music genre to someone. Western Metal from Copenhagen, Love it. Although I might have say Country Western Metal or else my friends might think it's West Coast metal like the old East Coast/West Coast Rap wars of the 90s.
  5. Excellent, excellent, excellent. A fly on the wall. Stories like those form the recording sessions of our favorite artists, engineers, producers, and mixers. Now that's entertainment. Nice job Chris.
  6. It seems like an easy solution to just pick a coupe of go to products and be done with it but it's amazing how complicated it can get. Home theater bypass are found in a lot of products but adding tube amps instead of solid state really limits things. There are some companies to look at though. Audio Research like you mention have HT pass through, PS Audio I think has it in their Preamp and their DACs convert everything to DSD which gives off a more warm like feeling (I've owned the Direct Stream Senior DAC). McIntosh I think uses HT and Parasound only solid state though. Unfort
  7. You could still use your Marantz Pre for surround stuff when playing movies or SACDs but add a DAC that has a built in pre with home theater bypass or a preamp that has a home theater bypass. A while back I did this with my Marantz receiver. I had a favorite DAC at the time a Bel Canto 2.7 and a stereo amp that I used for 2 channel listening. You hook up the L,R front speaker pre outs from your Marantz into the inputs on a dedicated DAC or Pre amp with home theater bypass. Then when listening to music choose your source on the DAC or Pre amp and when watching a movie or anything
  8. I spend about half my time on the web viewing audiophile stuff and the other half guitar related stuff. A guitarist chasing his tone is as bad as an audiophile searching for theirs. YouTube is indispensable for this addiction. I do find it funny how audiophiles scuff at the notion of hearing a YouTube video of a music system at a trade show, a dealers show room or a home system. Where as guitarists just know (without having to retell everyone watching the video) that the video their watching is compressed. Your getting the idea of the sound which is close, not an exact replica.
  9. Happy Birthday Eric 😃, the thread that just keeps giving. https://www.iheart.com/content/2021-03-30-17-things-you-need-to-know-about-birthday-boy-eric-clapton/?mid=597488&rid=57303380&sc=email&pname=newsletter&cid=NATIONAL&keyid=National iHeart Daily Classic Rock&campid=headline4_readmore
  10. Great interview Chris. Thanks Charles for the flashback memories of some of those Grunge concerts that I attended back then. Love those photos, especially the stories that are attached to them. It was truly a special time in rock history and my youth.
  11. These might work. I use their bigger brother the MTM monitors. https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/iloudmm/index.php?p=info
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