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  • Weston1283Weston1283 Cleveland, OHPosts: 2,388
    Anyone have any advice on something to buy to control the volume?

    I just bought the Emotiva Bas-X A-300 but It doesn't seem to have any volume control. Is there anything I can hook up?
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  • steinbasteinba Posts: 110
    edited June 2016
    That's a power amplifier, which needs to be paired with (some kind of) a preamplifier that has line inputs, a source selector and as you've noticed, a volume control. The matching Emotiva product seems to be the PT-100 receiver, which is a preamp and a tuner with a built in D/A converter and phono preamp. All you need, really. ;)

    If you want a one box amplifier, you need an integrated amp.
    Post edited by steinba on
  • Has anyone heard or had experience with the hum that's been reported using the Pro-ject Carbon Debut. there's a lot of chatter on the internet about it and don't want to purchase without some advice. thanks in advice.
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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 10,047
    So those of you interested in a subwoofer, but have never made the move, Amazon Prime Days has a deal for you. It doesn't hit until 7 tonight, but if it's a good sale, then this is a steal. It's the Bic Acoustech PL-200 sub. This thing is a monster. It's rated down to 22hz and in bench testing, it just about gets there. It has a 1000 watt Bash amp and a 12 inch driver, front facing, rear ported and long throw. The cabinet is quite nice. It's high gloss piano black. Be warned.. it's friggin' big. I have had one for a few years and it will shake your house. I don't use it for music as the paired speakers are full range, but I have used it and you just have to tame it down a bit. But for movies, it will obliterate your house and impossible to bottom out. Anyway, just thought I would throw it out here. This is a highly regarded budget sub. It's not a JL, but costs about 10% of a JL and delivers 90% of the performance.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OFXV5IO/ref=gbps_img_m-2_3fbc_1e15fedf?pf_rd_p=91f3a7fa-63d3-4b36-9063-bb9391783fbc&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=14611812011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=PVYVFG81W2SHZF4AAW07
  • SVRDhand13SVRDhand13 NYCPosts: 24,224
    mrussel1 said:

    So those of you interested in a subwoofer, but have never made the move, Amazon Prime Days has a deal for you. It doesn't hit until 7 tonight, but if it's a good sale, then this is a steal. It's the Bic Acoustech PL-200 sub. This thing is a monster. It's rated down to 22hz and in bench testing, it just about gets there. It has a 1000 watt Bash amp and a 12 inch driver, front facing, rear ported and long throw. The cabinet is quite nice. It's high gloss piano black. Be warned.. it's friggin' big. I have had one for a few years and it will shake your house. I don't use it for music as the paired speakers are full range, but I have used it and you just have to tame it down a bit. But for movies, it will obliterate your house and impossible to bottom out. Anyway, just thought I would throw it out here. This is a highly regarded budget sub. It's not a JL, but costs about 10% of a JL and delivers 90% of the performance.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OFXV5IO/ref=gbps_img_m-2_3fbc_1e15fedf?pf_rd_p=91f3a7fa-63d3-4b36-9063-bb9391783fbc&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=14611812011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=PVYVFG81W2SHZF4AAW07

    And if you are looking for speakers...

    Kanto Yumis are on sale for $270 (usually $370 on amazon and $450 direct from the website)
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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 10,047

    mrussel1 said:

    So those of you interested in a subwoofer, but have never made the move, Amazon Prime Days has a deal for you. It doesn't hit until 7 tonight, but if it's a good sale, then this is a steal. It's the Bic Acoustech PL-200 sub. This thing is a monster. It's rated down to 22hz and in bench testing, it just about gets there. It has a 1000 watt Bash amp and a 12 inch driver, front facing, rear ported and long throw. The cabinet is quite nice. It's high gloss piano black. Be warned.. it's friggin' big. I have had one for a few years and it will shake your house. I don't use it for music as the paired speakers are full range, but I have used it and you just have to tame it down a bit. But for movies, it will obliterate your house and impossible to bottom out. Anyway, just thought I would throw it out here. This is a highly regarded budget sub. It's not a JL, but costs about 10% of a JL and delivers 90% of the performance.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OFXV5IO/ref=gbps_img_m-2_3fbc_1e15fedf?pf_rd_p=91f3a7fa-63d3-4b36-9063-bb9391783fbc&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=14611812011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=PVYVFG81W2SHZF4AAW07

    And if you are looking for speakers...

    Kanto Yumis are on sale for $270 (usually $370 on amazon and $450 direct from the website)
    Not familiar with them. Are they nice? I'm a little hesitant on the whole powered speaker thing.

    Amazon does have these KEF bookshelves at $250 off. These Q300 which are very nice speakers, although stuck in a very crowded market space. They are on par with the B&W 685 so at 400 a pair, a good deal https://www.amazon.com/KEF-Q300B-Bookshelf-Loudspeakers-Black/dp/B00CE3LG9U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468349887&sr=8-1&keywords=kef+q300
  • SVRDhand13SVRDhand13 NYCPosts: 24,224
    mrussel1 said:

    mrussel1 said:

    So those of you interested in a subwoofer, but have never made the move, Amazon Prime Days has a deal for you. It doesn't hit until 7 tonight, but if it's a good sale, then this is a steal. It's the Bic Acoustech PL-200 sub. This thing is a monster. It's rated down to 22hz and in bench testing, it just about gets there. It has a 1000 watt Bash amp and a 12 inch driver, front facing, rear ported and long throw. The cabinet is quite nice. It's high gloss piano black. Be warned.. it's friggin' big. I have had one for a few years and it will shake your house. I don't use it for music as the paired speakers are full range, but I have used it and you just have to tame it down a bit. But for movies, it will obliterate your house and impossible to bottom out. Anyway, just thought I would throw it out here. This is a highly regarded budget sub. It's not a JL, but costs about 10% of a JL and delivers 90% of the performance.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OFXV5IO/ref=gbps_img_m-2_3fbc_1e15fedf?pf_rd_p=91f3a7fa-63d3-4b36-9063-bb9391783fbc&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=14611812011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=PVYVFG81W2SHZF4AAW07

    And if you are looking for speakers...

    Kanto Yumis are on sale for $270 (usually $370 on amazon and $450 direct from the website)
    Not familiar with them. Are they nice? I'm a little hesitant on the whole powered speaker thing.

    Amazon does have these KEF bookshelves at $250 off. These Q300 which are very nice speakers, although stuck in a very crowded market space. They are on par with the B&W 685 so at 400 a pair, a good deal https://www.amazon.com/KEF-Q300B-Bookshelf-Loudspeakers-Black/dp/B00CE3LG9U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468349887&sr=8-1&keywords=kef+q300
    Kanto yumis sound really good to me and have Bluetooth support which is an added bonus. They are not audiophile quality but they are a great band for your buck, especially when connected to a subwoofer.
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  • I just purchased the Pioneer Hpm 100 x 200w speakers. These are going to be paired with my Pioneer 8500-II amp and tuner. I know that these speakers were made specifically for this set up and these speakers are heralded as "wonderful".

    I'm looking forward to hearing the pairing and will report back.

    I am currently running Martin Logan 15 speakers so lets see how this goes. I was told to use the ML's as rears so we will see!
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  • TikiTiki USAPosts: 6,206
    Those Pio's look amaze.

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  • dudemandudeman Posts: 1,782
    I've said it before. .....there is just no substitute for big ass speakers.

    Congrats!
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  • TikiTiki USAPosts: 6,206
    dudeman said:

    I've said it before. .....there is just no substitute for big ass speakers.

    properly amplified big ass speakers...
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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 10,047
    Tiki said:

    dudeman said:

    I've said it before. .....there is just no substitute for big ass speakers.

    properly amplified big ass speakers...
    Truer words have never been spoken. Lack of power is the 8th deadly sin.
  • mrussel1 said:

    Tiki said:

    dudeman said:

    I've said it before. .....there is just no substitute for big ass speakers.

    properly amplified big ass speakers...
    Truer words have never been spoken. Lack of power is the 8th deadly sin.
    I'm well equipped to push these 30lbs 200w speakers, lol!

    Pioneer 8500ii amp is accompanying.

    They sound wonderful. I'll do a comparison soon with the Martin Logan's.
  • TikiTiki USAPosts: 6,206
    edited September 2016
    I'm a fan of the period correct, or better yet matched set, amp and speaker combos.
    I had a pair of early 60s Acoustic Research AR-2 hooked to a Fisher 500C amp that made my late 80s cassettes sound like in room, 3D immersive experiences. Sadly gone now, and when released both in need of restoration, but sold for way more than I paid, which was about 50 dollars.
    It makes me feel sorta sorry for those kids raised on ear buds.
    Post edited by Tiki on
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  • Tiki said:

    I'm a fan of the period correct, or better yet matched set, amp and speaker combos.
    I had pair of early 60s Acoustic Research AR-2 and a Fisher 500C amp that made my late 80s cassettes sound like in room, 3D immersive experiences. Sadly gone now, and when released both in need of restoration, but sold for way more than I paid, which was about 50 dollars.
    It makes me feel sorta sorry for those kids raised on ear buds.

    I did a ton of research when I was looking into a vintage setup. There are better components out there but with the 8500ii amp and tuner hooked up to speakers specifically designed for them I was sold.

    I'm glad too. They have plenty of power and the sound is great.

    I've never thought about doing a cassette again though. I don't think anything will ever be truly analog unless it's a TMR direct to acetate.
  • TikiTiki USAPosts: 6,206
    I think this has a playing weight of about 25 pounds.

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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 10,047
    Tiki said:

    I'm a fan of the period correct, or better yet matched set, amp and speaker combos.
    I had a pair of early 60s Acoustic Research AR-2 hooked to a Fisher 500C amp that made my late 80s cassettes sound like in room, 3D immersive experiences. Sadly gone now, and when released both in need of restoration, but sold for way more than I paid, which was about 50 dollars.
    It makes me feel sorta sorry for those kids raised on ear buds.

    AR 2's are classics. Too bad you sold them. How did you like them?
  • TikiTiki USAPosts: 6,206
    mrussel1 said:

    Tiki said:

    I'm a fan of the period correct, or better yet matched set, amp and speaker combos.
    I had a pair of early 60s Acoustic Research AR-2 hooked to a Fisher 500C amp that made my late 80s cassettes sound like in room, 3D immersive experiences. Sadly gone now, and when released both in need of restoration, but sold for way more than I paid, which was about 50 dollars.
    It makes me feel sorta sorry for those kids raised on ear buds.

    AR 2's are classics. Too bad you sold them. How did you like them?
    These were original AR-2 not the AR-2-a, ax, etc. They looked great. The cabinets veneer had been refinished, and someone did a real nice job on them. One of them was sonically perfect, the other one got dropped and after that one was not so good. The dropped one actually never sounded as good as the other one even before the drop. The had the serial number paper still attached and although the numbers were not consecutive, they were 3 numbers apart. I liked getting the money for them better than seeing them and hearing them not work properly.

    I have some Pioneer components spread out over my various lineups so I'm down with the PIO.
    Elite DV-37 DVD that I use mostly for CDs, an Elite 42 inch Plasma, and a Pio 510A turntable.

    I replaced the AR-2s with some got on the cheep Pioneers from the early 70s CS77A.

    I play and record my cassettes on a Nakamichi DR-8.

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  • Tiki said:

    mrussel1 said:

    Tiki said:

    I'm a fan of the period correct, or better yet matched set, amp and speaker combos.
    I had a pair of early 60s Acoustic Research AR-2 hooked to a Fisher 500C amp that made my late 80s cassettes sound like in room, 3D immersive experiences. Sadly gone now, and when released both in need of restoration, but sold for way more than I paid, which was about 50 dollars.
    It makes me feel sorta sorry for those kids raised on ear buds.

    AR 2's are classics. Too bad you sold them. How did you like them?
    These were original AR-2 not the AR-2-a, ax, etc. They looked great. The cabinets veneer had been refinished, and someone did a real nice job on them. One of them was sonically perfect, the other one got dropped and after that one was not so good. The dropped one actually never sounded as good as the other one even before the drop. The had the serial number paper still attached and although the numbers were not consecutive, they were 3 numbers apart. I liked getting the money for them better than seeing them and hearing them not work properly.

    I have some Pioneer components spread out over my various lineups so I'm down with the PIO.
    Elite DV-37 DVD that I use mostly for CDs, an Elite 42 inch Plasma, and a Pio 510A turntable.

    I replaced the AR-2s with some got on the cheep Pioneers from the early 70s CS77A.

    I play and record my cassettes on a Nakamichi DR-8.

    image


    You actually record music to tape still?!?

    Also isn't Metal tapes better for sound and longevity?
  • TikiTiki USAPosts: 6,206
    edited September 2016
    yeah I'm old and stuck in my ways....I love metal but CrO2's are just fine and cheaper. Normal tapes are super cheap, and decent enough on a good deck. I have a stash. When I see unopened ones, I buy 'em. I even will buy someone else's recorded over metals or chromes if they're priced right.
    in a blind test...I'm pretty sure most people would have a hard time telling which was the vinyl and which was the tape.
    Post edited by Tiki on
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  • TikiTiki USAPosts: 6,206
    edited September 2016
    mrussel1 said:

    Tiki said:

    I'm a fan of the period correct, or better yet matched set, amp and speaker combos.
    I had a pair of early 60s Acoustic Research AR-2 hooked to a Fisher 500C amp that made my late 80s cassettes sound like in room, 3D immersive experiences. Sadly gone now, and when released both in need of restoration, but sold for way more than I paid, which was about 50 dollars.
    It makes me feel sorta sorry for those kids raised on ear buds.

    AR 2's are classics. Too bad you sold them. How did you like them?
    I miss the Fisher 500C more.
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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 10,047
    Tiki said:

    mrussel1 said:

    Tiki said:

    I'm a fan of the period correct, or better yet matched set, amp and speaker combos.
    I had a pair of early 60s Acoustic Research AR-2 hooked to a Fisher 500C amp that made my late 80s cassettes sound like in room, 3D immersive experiences. Sadly gone now, and when released both in need of restoration, but sold for way more than I paid, which was about 50 dollars.
    It makes me feel sorta sorry for those kids raised on ear buds.

    AR 2's are classics. Too bad you sold them. How did you like them?
    I miss the Fisher 500C more.
    It's interesting that Fisher's from that era are about as good as McIntosh yet the price difference today on that vintage equipment are far apart. Maybe it's the aesthetic or that Mc has continued to make great equipment.
  • TikiTiki USAPosts: 6,206
    before my wife left the Fish on for 3 weeks, it was the most engaging piece of stereo equipment I've ever encountered. all original.
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  • BF89905BF89905 Posts: 1,018
    Sonos system as part of a multi-room setup ..... they're real, and they're fantastic!
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 10,047
    BF89905 said:

    Sonos system as part of a multi-room setup ..... they're real, and they're fantastic!

    Does Sonos support HD flac yet? That has been the knock on it.
  • BF89905BF89905 Posts: 1,018
    mrussel1 said:

    BF89905 said:

    Sonos system as part of a multi-room setup ..... they're real, and they're fantastic!

    Does Sonos support HD flac yet? That has been the knock on it.
    I don't think it does yet - FLAC files are definitely supported as those are the PJ bootleg file types I typically buy (Vault 3 - being my favourite, but the Fenway 1 show is probably 1A now). However, I've never purchased HD FLAC PJ bootlegs or any other HD FLAC tracks, so I don't know for certain.
  • AceCoolAceCool TexasPosts: 453
    Sonos is such a cool concept. I love that it supports not only the music that you have stored locally but just about about every streaming service there is not to mention pretty much every terrestrial radio station in the world. I have a few of the wireless speakers spread around the house as well as the module that you can use to turn your regular stereo into a Sonos streamed set up. I can control any and all of it either separately, in zones or all together from the computer or the apps that I have installed on my iPhone and iPad.

    This should answer the question about FLAC.
    https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/80/~/supported-audio-formats
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 10,047
    AceCool said:

    Sonos is such a cool concept. I love that it supports not only the music that you have stored locally but just about about every streaming service there is not to mention pretty much every terrestrial radio station in the world. I have a few of the wireless speakers spread around the house as well as the module that you can use to turn your regular stereo into a Sonos streamed set up. I can control any and all of it either separately, in zones or all together from the computer or the apps that I have installed on my iPhone and iPad.

    This should answer the question about FLAC.
    https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/80/~/supported-audio-formats

    It doesn't support 24/96 audio. That's disappointing today considering the prevalence of that quality. I have Squeezebox Touch which is basically the same thing except it supports up to192. It's an excellent wireless DAC. The bummer is that it is out of production so a used one today goes for the same or more than a new one was. I want a second one because my SB duet is acting quirky but can't justify it yet. Sonos lack of HD support is a deal breaker for me. It's too bad because the DAC is well regarded.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 25,312
    Sonos? FLAC? You guys are leaving me in the dust.
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