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Looking for integrated solid state amp for daily usage
Marantz Model 40 if you want an all-in-one, do anything streaming amp. If you want to keep it strictly analog, the Model 30. Both of these are high end Marantz offerings, and it shows on both close examination of their build and close listening. T... 
New Streamer, DAC or Let it Be
The BlueSound Node is the Honda Accord of streamers. Affordable, works and sounds better than most give it credit for, and about as reliable as any piece of hardware gets. I won’t trash your Marantz because most of the criticisms are either specu... 
Suggested Power Cable for Streamer
@jhnnrrs With you completely.  I challenge anyone who claims a cable makes their system quieter (a quantitative claim) to produce a spectrum analysis showing that to be the case. Likewise 'improved dynamics', another quantitative claim that requ... 
on the cheap
@jastralfu This stuff doesn’t come particularly easy. I spent a long time getting comfortable with how all pieces fit. And that was working with it every day, professionally. So check the diagram. Layer 1 is the physical media - copper, fiber, rad... 
Need Guidance for Next/Last Pair of Speakers
Any of the JBL speakers in the sub $10K range will very much be in the Altec/JBL tradition, with the benefit of advancements in driver and HF horn design as well asLF alignment. Personally, I would go for a pair of S3900s, dual 10" woofers, horn m... 
Seeking Honest Opinions: Your Experience with McIntosh Audio Gear
With over 50 years in this hobby, the only piece of equipment I truly regret selling was my MC240 power amp, which I sold to finance my first home theater. I'm now at least 5 upgrades past that in my theater, and would love to still have that MC24... 
Dedicated 20 amp circuit. 10/2 or 10/3?
For most folks, a 12/2+G or 10/2+G run from the 'quiet' side of the panel is perfectly adequate. If you have big power hungry monoblocks, then a 10/3+G providing 2 circuits is still more than adequate.  In an existing house you may not have panel... 
on the cheap
The Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model breaks down data transmission standards, processes, and protocols into seven layers. Layer 1, the Physical Layer, is where the differences between Coax, Twisted Pair, Fiber and Wireless all lie. Etherne... 
on the cheap
@mahler123 @knock1 I am not confused. I've only been working with Ethernet for 40 years, longer than Wikipedia (founded in 2001) or Tech Target have even existed. I started working with WiFi (wireless Ethernet) in 2000 when I created the wireless ... 
Preamp advice
  @redlenses03 "Could you expand a bit on this. More specifically, maybe provide an example for a good match vs. a bad match WRT gain matching a pre and amp (stereo or monos)" Amplifiers provide gain, either in voltage (typically preamps) or in ... 
on the cheap
@mahler123  WiFi IS Ethernet, 100%. it simply uses a different Layer 1 Transport. Regardless if it is coax, twisted pair, fiber optic, or wireless, if it uses the Ethernet protocols for the other Layers 2 and 3 of the stack, it's Ethernet.  
on the cheap
"that would not have to be hooked up to the internet but would work via wi-fi or bluetooth" Not sure how or what you would be streaming without an internet connection. Did you you mean a hardwire connection? You have to get your content from some... 
Annoying newbie CD/SACD player question
You are correct that the Marantz is the better built piece. Many people don't realize just how well done any of the higher end Marantz pieces are - CD,SACD, or amplifiers. They are anything but mid-fi. And because they are a manufacturer, not a re... 
Preamp advice
The lower the power amp gain, the higher the preamp voltage required for a given output. The higher the preamp voltage, the farther it is above the noise floor, and that equals improved signal to noise ratio for the system overall. This is called ... 
How does bi-wiring work?
Let me make it simple. Biwiring is nonsense. It is exactly as effective as the gauge of the combined cables. Nothing more. Biwiring sends the exact same signal down both sets of cables. Any field effects are equal in both cables. Single wired spea...