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Surround setup problem
I bought the cable from Poland.  The cable I'm using has endpoints that look very like those of the Nordost cables,  It's got some sort of greenish material on the outside, and it's fairly thick. 
Surround setup problem
I’ve listened many times to a Blu-ray (Thielemann with the Wiener Philharmoniker) of the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th symphony, both in stereo and surround. I always prefer surround. That was as true with my previous setup of Parasound J2 by-pa... 
Anyone compared the Cary 303-200 CDP with the Ayre C-5xe? Also C-5xe transport failures?
My C-5xeMP has played without fault for years.  I had been using a Sony 5400ES and an Esoteric before the Ayre won me over.  I use balanced connection to a preamp, currently an Ayre A7e integrated.  Although I now mostly listen to Roon files via e... 
Surround setup problem
I don't know what specifically the HDMI cable is, except it seems much more substantial than the cable it replaces.  The sound with Blue-rays, both music and cinema, is superb.  I was surprised that a setup aimed at the reproduction of music, Ayre... 
Surround setup problem
auxinput - The problem was a faulty HDMI cable.  HDMI from the Ayre DX-5 DSD disc player to the Bryston SP3 processor that outputs balanced analog to the Ayre KX-5/20 preamp seems to be flawless.  The setup awaits only connecting the NAD amps for ... 
Surround setup problem
I mostly listen to stereo from Roon via ethernet to an Ayre QX-5/20 digital hub.I'll try another HDMI cable.If it's OK to have both the balanced and single-ended inputs to the amp connected, switching between them might be an easy way to select th... 
Is it better to have two matched subs or one
big_greg -- I agree the Ref 1s image splendidly.  I use mine mostly for Roon via ethernet to an Ayre QX-5/20 digital hub with balanced analog to a KX-5/20 preamp and VX-5/20 amp.  For surround and movies I add a DX-5 DSD disc player, Bryston SP3 p... 
Is it better to have two matched subs or one
The Velodyne SMS-1 bass manager shows the in-room response of my KEF Reference 1s to be pretty flat to 30 Hz before sharp roll-off, so it's no surprise the location of jazz bass players is well imaged even without the subs.  But the location of ja... 
Is it better to have two matched subs or one
aubreybobb - By full range do you mean essentially flat to 20 Hz or below? 
Is it better to have two matched subs or one
unsound/duke, how does it subtract some bass signals?I use single-end stereo out from an Ayre preamp to a Velodyne SMS-1 bass manager that presumably sums the channels into one balanced channel that I split between two HGS-15s subs.There are at le... 
C-5xe through outboard DAC?
I wouldn’t mess with it, but a QB-9 DSD might provide slightly better sound. Someone at Ayre once told me that the order of audio merit was the C-5exMP, DX-5 DSD, then QX-5 Twenty. I think the QB-9 DSD is nestled close to the QX-5. My experience i... 
Bass Driver Size - how much better is an extra inch?
I've been using a pair of Velodyne HGS-15s crossed at 40 Hz with KEF Reference 1s.  Today I raised the crossover to 80 Hz, still using a 24 dB/octave slope, and ran acoustic room correction.  I was surprised how much that enlarged the sound stage.... 
Setting up a Mac mini as a music server, and other digital music questions
Mac Mini on Google MESH runs Roon with Qobuz & Tidal.  UpTone LPS 1.2 powers Senore ultraRendu with USB through an Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC and balanced analog to an Ayre A7e integrated amp driving KEF LS50s.  Sounds very good to me.db 
Does speaker-level input to sub by pass its electronics?
Bob, I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't see the post was a quote and when I checked out the link I discovered the extensive coverage of using an A7e with high-level inputs.  Also I was sorry to learn that Al is no longer with us.  I have valued his... 
Does speaker-level input to sub by pass its electronics?
Al, I think you warned me about that once before but I forgot. Given I mostly listen to jazz and baroque in the living room, and the unaided LS50s do a nice job of the bass, I’ll satisfy my lust for pipe organ music and Mahler in the media room wh...