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  • Re: DAC - is this the latest "snake oil" hi-fi product?

    On the subject of nuances in the audio, I occasionally listen to music via a pair of quality earphones and am always amazed by what I am now able hear compared to 'normal' loudspeaker listening. In the case of tracks/albums I have purchased and listened to quite a bit, when I then listen to the same ones with the earphones, often it's almost like I'm listening to a different recording as the differences are so marked. I think a lot of people who obsess about the technology of the
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by kokomo on Wed, Jul 18 2012
  • Re: DAC - is this the latest "snake oil" hi-fi product?

    [quote user="Hardwriter"]Just makes me wonder whether the DAC is set to become the latest hi-fi "snake oil" product![/quote] A reasonable point I think 'Hardwriter'. Like you I've seen much comment regarding how sound can be hugely improved by the addition of DACs, particularly that from the AE. Claims of improvement are backed up by quoting various technical specifications and figures. They may be all true of course and indeed probably are, but does the resultant
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by kokomo on Mon, Jul 16 2012
  • Re: DAC - is this the latest "snake oil" hi-fi product?

    [quote user="Carolpa"]And yes for me it would not be sufficient. I already have a collection of aprox 2000 24bit music files[/quote] Yes, but why do you feel the need to quote the bit-rate of the music files? Do you have this collection because they sound better than 16 bit? Or do many of the artists & their recordings you favour just happen to be recorded this way? I hope so. And what about the actual music itself? Isn't that the important element here, not just a particular bit
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by kokomo on Mon, Jul 16 2012
  • Re: Is there a B&O folly worse than the Playmaker?

    All a matter of opinion, but IMO the BV3 is and was one of the most beautiful CRT TVs ever produced.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by kokomo on Thu, Jul 12 2012
  • Re: newbie - first post - beosystem 3500

    As an owner of 8 track machines in my cars in the late 60s, I agree as to the sound quality however as playback required the head to move up & down to the next track on the tape, the mechanics of this often meant that the constant movement resulted in the head not quite being in absolute position which resulted in track leakage from the adjacent track (above or below) on the tape. My units had a screw below them so that I could manully adjust the head when it went out of alignment. A frequent
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by kokomo on Wed, Jul 11 2012
  • Re: newbie - first post - beosystem 3500

    Hi Bidston & welcome. I bought a new Beomaster 4500 & 4500 CD unit, many, many years back. It's still in daily use and always gets admiring comments even after all this time. IMO, it's still visually stunning. I say the 4500, because all that time ago I borrowed a 3500 system from my dealer and it looked, again IMO, well......nothing special really. Dull. Fortunately, I then decided to try the 4500 in my lounge and the rest is history, for me anyway. My point is, have you considered
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by kokomo on Wed, Jul 11 2012
  • Re: Beovision 10 imposter

    Never mind all the irrelevant trivia, how's the spider?
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by kokomo on Fri, Jul 6 2012
  • Re: HDMI-CEC

    As I've just been setting up my new Lintronics box (still traumatised somewhat!), I've had to create a macro just so that when I switch on my Apple TV, the correct TV input is selected. Don't believe however that CEC would help here as I don't think it's supported at all by Apple, nor by the Sky digiboxes I believe. In my naivety I thought that it wouldn't be too much of a technical hurdle for a TV manufacturer to auto detect via HDMI a newly activated device and switch TV
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by kokomo on Thu, Jul 5 2012
  • Re: HDMI-CEC

    Agree Martin. My new Toshiba TV has CEC, but branded as Redza by Toshiba. It's totally useless with anything other than Redza compatable devices. I love the set, but the most annoying feature is that when I switch on, for example my DVD player, I the have to select the TV's input connections via a button on the remote and then select the appropriate HDMI socket. I expected that simply switching on the player would do it automatically, but no. I'm seriously considering a 4 in - 1 out HDMI
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by kokomo on Thu, Jul 5 2012
  • Re: HDMI-CEC

    Thanks for that Martin, as a matter of interest what procedure is needed on your TV to change inputs? On mine I have to press the input select button on the TV's remote, arrow down or up to the number 1-4, then press 'OK'. I can't just press #2 for example on the remote and select that one, as I have to arrow up or down to it. Frustrating really. I've now set up a macro so that when I switch on my Beomaster via my Beo4, the above 3 operations are performed.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by kokomo on Thu, Jul 5 2012
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