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My new gear:

The preamp is a Parasound P7 with two sets of 7.1 inputs: One for the Oppo 205 multichannel and one for the Surround Master. It is a simple, elegant, analog unit that does everything I need from it.


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Driving the front channels is a Parasound A21. It puts out 400 wpc into my 4 ohm front speakers.


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Driving the center, surrounds and rears is a Parasound A52+. It puts out 255 wpc into my 4 ohm speakers. When I play quad only, it puts out 350 wpc ๐Ÿ˜ฎ given that it only handles the surrounds.

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I am very pleased with the results. I now have about 50% more power than with my previous setup along with a much purer/cleaner signal path. I achieved the purer signal path by leveraging the Oppo 205's digital processing capabilities to better utilize its Sabre DACs. Speaker distances, trims, decoding, etc, are now done 100% in the 205.

Also, by purchasing open box and used equipment, I was able to replace my old Lexicon gear at about 70 cents on the dollar. Not bad when one can spend less and yet get an upgrade.
 

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Yamaha RX-A2A (holy instant fingerprint and dust magnet, Batman!) ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Apple TV 4K (remote feels like an improvement..) ๐Ÿ’ก

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Wharfedale Diamond SW-150 (got rid of my subs as had nowhere to put them in the move, this cheapie wee chappy will have to do for now ๐Ÿค‘ ๐Ÿ˜Ž)

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KEF Q-1s (used as Atmos Front Height speakers in a 5.1.2 config., will hopefully do the job while timbre matching existing KEF Q Series speakers)

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(Atmos on the cheap, here we come...!) ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคฃ

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Yamaha RX-A2A (holy instant fingerprint and dust magnet, Batman!) ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Apple TV 4K (remote feels like an improvement..) ๐Ÿ’ก

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Wharfedale Diamond SW-150 (got rid of my subs as had nowhere to put them in the move, this cheapie wee chappy will have to do for now ๐Ÿค‘ ๐Ÿ˜Ž)

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KEF Q-1s (used as Atmos Front Height speakers in a 5.1.2 config., will hopefully do the job while timbre matching existing KEF Q Series speakers)

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(Atmos on the cheap, here we come...!) ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคฃ

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Hey Adam, just picked up an Apple 4k 2nd gen yesterday myself. I was wondering it you also have an Apple Watch? I'm having some issues with one and/or the other.
 

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Hey Adam, just picked up an Apple 4k 2nd gen yesterday myself. I was wondering it you also have an Apple Watch? I'm having some issues with one and/or the other.
hiya! ๐Ÿ˜€ nice to see you to see you nice! ๐Ÿค— how are you getting on with your Apple TV 4K? i like it so far! ๐Ÿฅณ

yes i have an Apple Watch which my Brother very kindly got me last Christmas, it seems to do some weird things like the screen disappearing, the battery life seems kinda erratic oh and it keeps on telling me what to do! sit! stand! walk! roll over! play dead! eat yer din dins! ๐Ÿคฃ ah.. still it may be a bossy bit of kit but it ain't half pretty! ๐Ÿคฉ ๐Ÿ˜‚
 

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oops! i meant to say! ๐Ÿ˜ which kinda issues are you having with them?
Ha, great to see you as well! Supposedly, I've read online (and watched a video) where you can pair your watch with the ATV. Had no issue pairing iPhone and iPad, but it won't recognize the watch at all. Spent an hour with tech support, covered the gamut on settings, WIFI, bluetooth, etc to no avail. Latest software with both. Or it may be me:p
Bill
 

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Ha, great to see you as well! Supposedly, I've read online (and watched a video) where you can pair your watch with the ATV. Had no issue pairing iPhone and iPad, but it won't recognize the watch at all. Spent an hour with tech support, covered the gamut on settings, WIFI, bluetooth, etc to no avail. Latest software with both. Or it may be me:p
Bill
ooh! that sounded fancy and i had no idea you could do it so i just gave it a go!

if you open the "Remote" app on your Watch (its the round blue thingy with the white triangular play symbol), choose the Apple TV you want to control from the list, go to settings > remotes & devices > remote app & devices and select Apple Watch, then enter the passcode that pops up on your Watch! ta-da! you're in! ๐Ÿ˜ you can't do a hell of a lot but its cool for a coupla mins!

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Bought two SVS SB-1000 subs a couple weeks ago. $399 each from the SVS outlet store. I'm not installing my home theater until november, but the price was right, it's a relatively small room, and I think they will suit my needs. I'll be listening to music 50% to 75% of the time with movies making up the balance. I'm not into dramatic and really powerful earth shattering sound effects - I think this will work okay. Several weeks prior to that I bought a Denafrips Ares II DAC R to R ladder style DAC for my primary 2 way stereo system. I'm using it with a Bluesound Node 2i streamer. It has made an absolutely astounding difference in the sound. $772 US directly from the main distributor in Hong Kong, with a 3-year warranty. I looked for one used, but people were getting as much as $750 for used ones.
 

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ooh! that sounded fancy and i had no idea you could do it so i just gave it a go!

if you open the "Remote" app on your Watch (its the round blue thingy with the white triangular play symbol), choose the Apple TV you want to control from the list, go to settings > remotes & devices > remote app & devices and select Apple Watch, then enter the passcode that pops up on your Watch! ta-da! you're in! ๐Ÿ˜ you can't do a hell of a lot but its cool for a coupla mins!

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Thanks, unfortunately I went through all that several times to no avail. When Remote is open on the watch it doesnโ€™t recognize ATV, even if I press Add Device. Same with the ATV, no watch shows as an option in remotes and devices. You can use your iPhone or watch (if connected) to control the basic functions of ATV, and dammit I need the watch to work or I may have to reach a bit further for the phone or remote:p
 

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whazzat carbeureter on the left spikker???
OH Sorry @gene_stl , I just caught your question from back in Apr. :(
That's a S&S Cycle L Series, specifically a GBL 290 from the very early 70's
It holds a close place in my heart, I ran it for a couple years on my 1949 Panhead chopper and then for around 10 years on my 1966 Shovelhead. A good carb in it's day, great for drag racing and at wide open throttle but without a accelerator pump it's tended to stumble on acceleration, the later S&S designs were improvements for street riding.
Here's a pic of my panhead with me and my first wife on it, ca. July 4th 1973, oh how I wish I still had that ride.
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Bought two SVS SB-1000 subs a couple weeks ago. $399 each from the SVS outlet store. I'm not installing my home theater until november, but the price was right, it's a relatively small room, and I think they will suit my needs.
You should be very pleased with 2 SB1000's in a small room. I have a pair of SB2000's in my place, they both use a 12 inch driver, only the 2000 has a 500 watt and and the 1000 a 300 watt amp. All things being equal that would amount to less than a 3db increase in max output. My 2000 really rock here, never got them even close to max output. Nothing to fret over. ;)
 

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I had 7 Definitive Technology speakers but had to do more downsizing to pay the damned medical bills, so now I have replaced them with 9 Mirage speakers which I managed to buy for 1/3 of what I had in the Def Techs. These should last me the last couple of years I have left, unless my unstable upstairs neighbor who "packs iron" comes down and blows my brains out because my bass is too much for him.

Pictures coming later.
What type of Mirage do you have? I am using an omd HT set. They are quite the speaker.
 
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