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    Forget Expensive Soundcards

    You know, I've tried optical outputs on my motherboard vs a cheap external soundcard and the sound on the cheap external soundcard was MUCH better. This could mean that a) motherbord sound was broken b) I'm hearing things or c) there is a difference. Now I think it's c). Now does a 100 dollar...
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    Post your Speaker setup PICS!!!!!!

    So here is my setup, PC is offscreen, but is plugged in via HIS 4670 card (HDMI) and sound is going though optical (motherboard). I noticed a drop in quality from the Soundblaster Audigy 2NX optical output (the latter died for some reason...) Acoustic Zen Adagios (Speakers) Quad 909 Power...
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    Best soundcard for optical out to DAC?

    Hey all, I just inherited my dad's Quad CD-P CD player, which has 3 optical inputs as well as 3 coaxial digital inputs. I'm thinking of using the CD-P as my pre-amp, instead of my Roksan Kandy MkIII. I also inherited a Quad 909 Power Amp, which in my tests have proven to be better than...
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    Post your Speaker setup PICS!!!!!!

    I still have a long way before getting to the madness you've acheived :D but with time it will come :P My system could definitely use an upgrade in terms of source/amplification, but speakers IMO are always what makes the most difference in terms of sound... it wasn't like my amp and CD were...
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    Post your Speaker setup PICS!!!!!!

    Just a quick comment about CD players: you can EASILY hear a diffrence between diffrent brands and diffrent quality players. For a little while I was playing around with 3 diffrent cd players at diffrent price points: the Cambridge 540C (mine), the Quad CD-P (fathers) and the Moon Supernova...
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    Post your Speaker setup PICS!!!!!!

    Here are some pictures of my brand new speakers (also seen on AVSForum): Not in their "official" setup, as I was planning on running them in in my basement... there presently right next to me :D I figured, might as well enjoy them, even if they're not sounding "optimal" yet.
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    Post your Speaker setup PICS!!!!!!

    My dad had to take back the Elacs, so he set me up with his Quads: Mmmm.... glossy :) I should be getting my new speakers (Acoustic Zen Adagios) sometime next week ( probably week after :mad: ) It's given me the chance to try a few speakers though, I prefer the Elacs (shown one or 2...
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    Looking for an mp3 player other then ipod

    Try the Samsung YP-P2 (also known simply as the "P2"). I use mine in conjunction with Napster music service, and it's great... but if you do format all the time, you loose the "rights", which can be a pain... you get to re-download again for free, but you have to re-download... I expect that...
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    Post your Speaker setup PICS!!!!!!

    So I had to box up my old speakers (Dynaudio Audience 62s) as I will be trading up soon! However, I just couldn't take it anymore without speakers... so I stole some off my dad's home theater :D Pictures! ... pictures of NEW setup to arrive when I make my purchase (this time...
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    Help!!!! My daughter pushed in my speaker :-(

    Sometimes it's outright shocking the cost of these components... we had a tweeter fail on one of our Floorstanders, and the part only cost 40 dollars. The speakers MSRP for 1500-2000. I'm sure I don't want to know the cost of the speaker.
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    I want to start a stereo system.

    If I were you I'd focus on getting a quality amp and good set of speakers, and ditch the sub... of course it all depends on what you're looking for. The Roksan is a little more than what you're looking at; it retailed for around 1500 dollars when I bought it some time ago. That being...
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    Getting the hair on the back of your neck to stand up...

    I was at the Montreal hifi expo (Festival Son & Image - FSI) and I was stuck by the number of people who put boring stictly acoustic music (no vocals). I did come across ONE artist that blew me away in terms of quality, and it has vocal (spanish/english though). Bebel Gilberto - Azul...
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    I want to start a stereo system.

    I'd go with a balanced system, make sure you go for high value products. For example, I have a Roksan Kandy MkIII amplifier, which at the time was considered to be one of the best mid-market stereo integrated amps... not only is it built like a tank, but the sound quality is amazing and it had...
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    I want to start a stereo system.

    Cambridge Audio make some of the best hi-fi budget amps available... pair that with your choice of some Tannoy Mercury F1s, Monitor Audio B2s, Wharfedale Diamonds... heck, you could probably even get better speakers... Lots of choice other than internet direct and stuff you find at...
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