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Sound bar in a box . . . can't understand dialog.
So I did a quick check and no ports, at least not available to mess with (could be under the glued on fabric). However, I pulled the soundbar out of where it sits inside the armoire (box) and set it about a foot in front of the armoire on a stool.... 
Sound bar in a box . . . can't understand dialog.
elevickThanks. The soundbar is currently connected to the Vizio via the optical link. The Vizio speakers are turned off.  Setup works fine as far as getting signal to soundbar and the soundbar is working. I'm pretty sure I'm dealing with box reson... 
KEF LS50 vs Dynaudio Contour 1.3 MkII vs Thiel 1.6
I thought so, NJ wouldn't work for me as I go to NYC by mass transit. More importantly, it's not an issue at the moment since I've just invested in the bigger Bryston (my third) and won't be doing anything else major until I've "digested" what I h... 
KEF LS50 vs Dynaudio Contour 1.3 MkII vs Thiel 1.6
ctsooner  Looks like we're destined to be "ships passing in the night".  Is  Audio Connection in NYC or NJ?  I get to NYC to see kids regularly so will give you a heads up then.  Still need to find a Penaudio dealer closer than Ontario...or buy... 
KEF LS50 vs Dynaudio Contour 1.3 MkII vs Thiel 1.6
Well - and this is nod to soix - I just happened to find an amp that's more powerful than my B60 nearby (OK...two hours near) and it's now installed. Bryston 4B SST.   So I've gone from 60w/channel to 300w/channel into 8 ohms.  My Thiels are 4 ohm... 
KEF LS50 vs Dynaudio Contour 1.3 MkII vs Thiel 1.6
yyzsantabarbara  - I had my 1.6 Theils in a near field set up before changing my room and they really worked well. However, it's my home office and listening room and they don't exactly fit on my desk. With my latest rearrangement the space work... 
KEF LS50 vs Dynaudio Contour 1.3 MkII vs Thiel 1.6
ctsooner - heck, I was about 20 minutes away from Berlin last weekend...:8(  Not in Boston, north near Portsmouth, NH...last stop going north on NH's vast 12 mile coast line.  I go to NYC to see kids from time to time...may check in with you then.... 
KEF LS50 vs Dynaudio Contour 1.3 MkII vs Thiel 1.6
A quick follow up on my rambling last night. The speakers were Penaudio Sara Signatures, a "2.5 way" from Finnland. At 86 dBw/m, they were being driven by pretty light weight tubes (30w?). I'm confused that they could perform with such poise while... 
KEF LS50 vs Dynaudio Contour 1.3 MkII vs Thiel 1.6
Well, lots of great feedback.  Thanks. I just returned from auditioning the  Dynaudio Contours and learned a couple things.  They sounded as good or slightly better than my Thiels...sound stage a tiny bit wider and precise, sound balance maybe be... 
KEF LS50 vs Dynaudio Contour 1.3 MkII vs Thiel 1.6
Thanks soix.  I did try the 1.6s with a couple 100w amps but they were not as resolving as the B60.  OTOH, they were older and probably mid-fi types (Adcom). While I'll probably go listen to the Dynaudios (they're local and used), sounds like I'd ... 
KEF LS50 vs Dynaudio Contour 1.3 MkII vs Thiel 1.6
soix & schubertThanks for the quick responses!soixYes, I currently own the 1.6s after owning 1.5s.  The passive preamp was one of those "itches" that I needed to scratch.  Much to my surprise, it is way more to my liking than the internal one ... 
Best female vocal recording on CD?
Siris Svale - Blackbird (Norwegian jazz singer with a beautifully twisted sense of songs - excellent recording and great music)Mariza - Fado (originally from Mozambique of African & Portuguese ancestry, she's brought the ancient sound of Fado ... 
Turntable Advice
While TTs are back in vogue, you still see lots of them kickin around the used market. If you enjoy 'tinkering', pick one of the older high popularity / high availability / highly mod-able ones and go exploring the after market mods. Great fun and... 
Truly weird Rega transport issue.
Just to put closure on this...longer cable was the answer. I tried everything from 1' to 20'. Everything below 8' would not be seen by the DAC, irrespective of quality. In fact, an ancient very thin RadioShack 20'er seems to work as well as my nic... 
Truly weird Rega transport issue.
Al, several people suggested using longer cables but you're the first one who's explained why. Than you! I'll try both suggestions ASAP.