loomisjohnson

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Considering a DAC and need advise
as the other respondents have opined, there's no compelling need to get a separate dac if you're buying a rega planet, which has a superior inboard dac. if you like the idea of more gear (and who doesn't)you might consider getting a cheaper player... 
Speaker recommendations
you can find used martin logan aerius or focal cobalts at that 1k price point; both are open and airy up the yin yang, though not the last work in low-end grunt. the monitor rs8 or rs6 are alos quite exceptional for the price and will produce more... 
which dvd for under 1k
while the oppo that everyone raves about is great for video, at your price range i don't think you can touch denon or arcam universal players for audio. if you don't need blu-ray, you can get great deals on a used denon 5910/3910 or arcam dv-135/1... 
First Plasma/LCD purchase ever - a few questions..
best buy makes the lion share of its profits from warranties and services; consequently they're incentivized to sell you calibration, extended warranties, etc. if it were my money i'd go online to newegg, buydig or that ilk and buy a top brand (sa... 
New DAc for old CDP?
the cambridge dacmagic is good and cheap--you could probably find one for around $300-350. 
Help in building a KEF surround system
the conventional wisdom is to match your speakers as closely as possible in a surround set-up--ideally you should use seven identical speakers. aesthetics aside,then, you'd probably get the most seamless sound from seven 104.2s; alternatively use ... 
How far, how much?
sounds like you're in the 1k range--the monitor rs6 is the giant killer at that price (also the larger rs8, which you should find used for a grand). i'm also partial to the von schweikert vr2, which is easily available used for $1200-1300 or used ... 
Good Toslink Cable From Squeezebox Receiver To DAC
lots of snakeoil sold in the interconnect trealm, esp. with respect to digital. any well-made cable will sound the same--either it delivers the signal or it doesn't. purveyors of these pseudo scientific $1000 toslink cables are pounding you betwee... 
Recommendation for a New HT AVR?
HDMI IS FOR BEDWETTERS. KEEP YOUR Bk AND RUN DIRECTLY TO YOUR MONITOR--IT'LL SOUND BETTER THAN THE ONKYO/DENON STUFF OTHERS WILL TOUT 
amp for ONKYO receiver
amc makes a perfecetly serviceable 2/3/4 bridgeable amp you can find on ebay for as little as $200--noce well made product 
Speaker recommendations for death metal...
i agree with the cerwin vegas guy--they have death metal written all over them. alternatively, try to find some of the powered polk series rt-4000p or rt-2000p--which are easily available used for $500 or so and have a more refined top end than th...