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« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2008, 20:37 »
If you are into smaller speakers, standmounts can be a lovely investment to get great sound in smaller spaces.

But if you spend thousands on super speakers, remembers to put at least a few hundred into stands. Using chairs, ikea stuff just does not cut it. And bookshelves are not meant for anything more than mini compo speakers.

Why spend?

Well the transducers in your speakers need a stable platform to perform well. Isolation of the speakers from the floor and even the stands with cones, blu tack etc adds to the solid image.

How about sand-filling?

The more solid and vibration free, the more solid and well defined the bass, but it also cuts on the amount too. It is arbitary and requires some experimentation on the amount of sand to fill each stand. And btw, the stuff from Changi beach is defintitely bad unless you like rust...

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Questions about pre-amps

1. If I already have a HT receiver, would getting a tube pre-amp give me "tube-like" sound?

2. Since the HT receiver is actually an integrated amp, can I use it as a power amp? Any particular inputs I should connect a tube pre-amp to?




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you can use the receiver as a power amp - use the AUX input (actually any input will work)

because the Panny digital amp does not have "pre-in" that bypasses its own preamp section, you will need to control the volume at both the preamp and Panny. could get a bit tricky balancing volume between stereo listening and movie tracks :)
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Hi,

sorry just so that I understand you correctly.

We can add a Tube-Preamp between the CD player and the HT receiver (any inputs), right?



you can use the receiver as a power amp - use the AUX input (actually any input will work)

because the Panny digital amp does not have "pre-in" that bypasses its own preamp section, you will need to control the volume at both the preamp and Panny. could get a bit tricky balancing volume between stereo listening and movie tracks :)


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You are right, you can use any input on the HT except the phono.

You don't need a preamp for cd player. It ended up as a input selector. To improve the CD sound, you should put in a "tube" DAC if you prefer "tube" sound. That will ready make a different.

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wow.. that's interesting...

if the TUBE DAC does not cost a bomb, i don't mind try.. any idea how much and where I can try to get other than EBAY and that PA place at Adelphi that has that really unfriendly sales person...

Thanks

You are right, you can use any input on the HT except the phono.

You don't need a preamp for cd player. It ended up as a input selector. To improve the CD sound, you should put in a "tube" DAC if you prefer "tube" sound. That will ready make a different.

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I'm wondering if I can start a thread on suggestions to upgrade my set-up? I'm a very new beginner, saw all the big jargons and was quite intimidated.  :)

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« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2009, 22:19 »
A can of Philip contact cleaner can be bought at Sim Lim Square level 2 - one of the shops at the back which sells RCA connectors, switches, soldering and DIY equipment.

Philips Contact Cleaner

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« Reply #27 on: February 08, 2009, 14:45 »
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Re: Marrying your HT and stereo system
« Reply #29 on: May 27, 2009, 08:48 »
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1: Receiver + Stereo integrated Amp



Pro
stereo integrated amps are a dime a dozen (well almost, and even older ones are quite good sounding)

Con
two pre-amp stages will mess with the signal upredictably
controlling volume between CD and DVD listening will be a challenge

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