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[#] Sat Feb 09 2002 23:18:04 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, our new surround sound system is installed, and it sure sounds good!
For those of you following along at home, I finally settled on a Denon AVR-1602 amplifier and Polk RM-6000 speakers. (Spent about $800 total, which is more than the $250 I had originally talked about but some extra money appeared in the interim, which went into the audio budget.)

My good friend Ford II dropped by and helped haul the cable through the walls for the rear channel speakers. We mounted the four satellites in each corner of the room, hanging from brackets on the ceiling.
The center channel speaker is on top of the television cabinet, and the subwoofer is on the floor.

What amazed me was what a big difference the speaker placement made. After mounting the rear surrounds, we just threw the front speakers on top of the television cabinet for a quick sound check. I thought I was going to be permanently disappointed with these speakers. But after mounting the front satellites in the front corners of the ceiling and properly aiming them, they really sounded nice! Lesson learned: proper speaker placement and aiming is crucial to a surround sound system, especially when not using tower speakers in the front. I thought that the midrange of this system would be less emphasized, but it's quite good.

Denon makes a nice amplifier. Even at the bottom of their product line, the digital processing is very clear. The ability to simulate a surround effect where there is none already in the recording is a nice touch. I found the controls a bit awkward, though. Some of the functions have a slight delay on them, and there's an unpleasant gap in the sound when you change surround modes. Aside from that, I'm very pleased with it.

Now where did I put that popcorn...?

[#] Mon Feb 11 2002 17:36:17 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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My only guess is that it does that to avoid a loud "pop" when you switch modes, but if it's all being done by a DSP then the gap really could be a tenth of a second instead of a full second.

[#] Tue Feb 12 2002 12:37:31 EST from Campagnolo @ Uncensored

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I'm going to be looking for a computer system that can handle audio mixing from a number of inputs such as midi, mic, line-in, etc, plus be able to fade from one line-in source to another, or from one digitaly stored file to another on the fly w/ radio quality output. (not cd-quality).
Can anyone sugest a good package? Cost is not a factor.. (yet) I'd like to see what's available on the high end, then let reality sink in. :) If there is an audio mix board that can pull mp3's over ethernet, that'd be fine... I just haven't seen on yet. The unit needs to be useable in a small radio studio environment.

[#] Tue Feb 12 2002 12:38:32 EST from Campagnolo @ Uncensored

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Oh, and IG.. sounds cool... when is the amp warming party? heh

[#] Tue Feb 12 2002 14:07:20 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I dunno, I can do all that shit with my pc and cakewalk 9 and a soundblaster. But it's not really meant for live stuff.

[#] Tue Feb 12 2002 14:43:22 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm going to be looking for a computer system that can handle audio

I would recommend a quad-processor Altos server. :)

[#] Tue Feb 12 2002 17:38:33 EST from Campagnolo @ Uncensored

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IG, funny... The server is going to house all of my mp3's and the database to cross referance everything. :)

[#] Sat Feb 16 2002 00:31:27 EST from flynn @ Uncensored

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Spell Binder: Thanks for the info. I'll be definetely checking more into it.

[#] Sat Feb 23 2002 21:03:42 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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A while back, someone was interested in getting high quality audio into their laptop for not too much money. Well, the Tascam US-224 looks pretty nice.

[#] Wed Feb 27 2002 13:33:29 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Speaking of laptops. Can anyone recommend a good PCMCIA audio card?

[#] Sat Apr 13 2002 00:39:00 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Had some fun tonight. I plugged my electric guitar into the surround sound system to see what kind of effects I could get. Now I don't have active pickups so I had to turn up the volume fairly high to get sound, but once I did that it was still crystal clear.

I dialed up the "rock arena" surround mode and started playing. It was really cool. It sounded like a stadium concert with reflected sounds coming from every direction.

Next time I'll run it through a pre-amp so I don't have to worry about burning out the amp with a mismatched input.

[#] Sat Apr 13 2002 09:35:51 EDT from setho @ Uncensored

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I've got a little zoom box that is fun for that kind of stuff. It can attach right to a guitar strap, and has a slew of effects...... It makes a fun little DI box as well, but I've used it mostly to play where I shouldn't be.

Now all you need is a Heil Talk Box and you too can do Frampton impressions.

[#] Mon Apr 15 2002 16:35:13 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Consider though the effects in a guitar box are different than what anybody is going to put into a stereo reciever. I hadn't thought of that, I'll have to try it. Soon as I get me a nice stereo.

[#] Mon Apr 15 2002 17:30:33 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The (cool) difference here is that a surround sound system plays through six or more speakers. It's like having a chorus pedal, except the effects are spatialized front to back in addition to being spatialized left to right.

[#] Fri May 24 2002 10:37:34 EDT from Ygorl @ Uncensored

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Looking to pick up a new pair of headphones. Want something reasonably inexpensive (under $100), portable/lightweight, good sound, and must be comfortable when worn with glasses.

Any suggestions?

[#] Fri May 24 2002 12:53:17 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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Sony MDR-7502 or -7506, depending on budget. The '06's are a big bigger, but worth it IMO. I carry them in my backpack.

[#] Fri May 24 2002 13:46:25 EDT from Ygorl @ Uncensored

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And you can still hear them okay when they're in your backpack? :/

I'll have to check 'em out. I'd heard Sony's were okay but I'm leaning toward a Sennheiser, those seem to get really high marks for sound and comfort.

[#] Fri May 24 2002 18:43:31 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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i don't reccomend most of the sony's (there are probably a few exceptions to this rule of thumb) as they tend to have poor headband design (structurally speaking) which makes them break a little too easily.

i have a pair of panasonic rp-ht355's which are a little bulky but they won't pinch your ear into your glasses (which is specifically why i got them). if the glasses/ear thing has been a problem for you in the past what you choulod basically look for is a headphone that doesn't have a solid foam (or whatever) ear piece so that it doesn't apply pressure to your ear. my ears fit inside these panasonics so they're no pinching whatsoever.

[#] Sat May 25 2002 02:24:25 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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I've had several pairs of Sennheisers and found them to be both sonically fatiguing and no glasses-compatible.

[#] Tue May 28 2002 10:16:44 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I have a cheap pair of Sennheisers (like <$30) for my walkman.. I break headphones too often to carry around nice ones... ANyway, I think they sould pretty good for cheap headphones.. but they aren't as good as Sennheisers "real" headphones, which I really like.

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