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  1. I guess in short it's really the means of a dedicated product that translates content true to its identity. No buffering, additional compression or limited bandwidth, no data loss or degradation. And to some that's definitely still worth a price, whether a $400 player or a $2,000 player with increased audio or video capability For me - absolutely worth it! But it's not cheap... Discs cost a lot more than a monthly subscription
  2. My primary suspicion here is Chromecast is not the way. It's a Google and Android device and you're attempting to stream Disney content, which typically has Apple device affiliation, from my knowledge. A Chromecast will send either your screen, subject to copyright content, or a Google app specifically, such as YouTube. Therefore I'd suggest using your Apple TV. It has HDMI to run straight into your TV. Then use the optical audio out and feed it into your AV receiver.
  3. In terms of what the actual electrical limitations are it's basically all circuitry based. Without getting specific to any one brand or model refer instead to any electrical appliance and therefore it's intended purpose. The manufacturers have no need to design every electrical thing to consume the absolute power that can be sucked from a 240v outlet as your household will just sag and fail to meet the demand, as would the nation. And to store power takes larger power supplies which imply more weight which = more materials and more import/export costs. So a lot of 'general' companies make a product to meet a success criteria - only. E.g. I'm a big brand home theatre company part owned by xx multi national mega company and I see the ability for market share in the home theatre realm . Now, what do my market potentials need? Features.. Ah yes, lots of those! Atmos? Of course.. But I don't know how to make that. I know! I'll buy the rights via an OEM to make it.. Room correction? Ah yeah, they all want that these days, pointless having manual EQ only as then everyone things it's not intuitive enough and newbies will get stuck.. Video? Oh no...we don't touch that.. That's OK let's just pay another OEM to handle that. Oh - but we also need tonnes of power output!!! How much money is left. And then there's the choice - do I put in a massive, well engineered power supply and have great amp output but take up 4 or 6RU of space just for an AVR, and have to charge way above the typical client I'm trying to reach..? Maybe, so let's take this idea to the board of my mega business. No, they want number of sales and market cap, not a few people buying them. OK smaller power supply and capability it is. This is why companies, like Elektra, etc specialise in amps and the quality that goes into it because that is their go to market - only
  4. Good topic to open up, Snoopy. As I think you've concluded, no, AVRs and amps cannot smartly allocate power to dorment channels. However I would draw attention to the idea that what amplification power can be hard comes not from the channels, or on a per channel basis, but back to the source of the power supply. It's like the pool of which each lane (channel) draws its water from. So, if you have an amp that claims say 100w per channel, all channels driven, yes; you probably can score a good 120 or 130w out of it as a single channel or just listening to two channel stereo. In a way, it is reallocating the power, if you want to view it that way. However, each channel will have electrical limitations that prohibit a single channel at a time being able to extract all of the power supply. E.g a 7 channel 100w x 7 RMS capable amp will not lend you 700w down just a single channel. As the circuity itself will hold limitation to be able to cope will the level of amps and voltage. And one should take some time to assess the measurements manufacturers claim about their output. I mean, some phones now claim to have Atmos.... Really... Sure, maybe it supports the format itself but that is primarily a marketing initiative to get you on board. Same with AVRs and amps... Also ALWAYS, ALWAYS find out the THD % of the rated RMS value under 20hz-20khz load, all channels driven. THD is often overlooked, particularly by AVRs, which can be claiming power with multiple digit distortion values - which can break speaker drivers
  5. Finally took the opportunity today to calibrate my set-up with the AVM 50v at 00dB for reference level. Previously I'd level calibrated for 75dB for all channels but the main volume sat anywhere from low -30's to -21dB or so. Wow. Such a difference having it sit fully open at 00dB. I'll have to read more into why this is... Is following a traditional analogue signal path of unity gain and therefore no resistance on the signal at level? 🤔 Anyway, super clear low mids and crispy mids on vocals. Mad Max absolutely rips with dynamics & motorbikes in some of those scenes come so alive! Sound stage feels opened up in a big way.. Also positively proved to me I have a tonne of headroom in my theatre.. Had to wind speakers back 15dB of level trim on each channel and still at 00dB volume pink noise is about 77dB.. 😬 😁 Anyway, that meant a super awesome gain for only some time and fun!! Be curious to hear other people's thoughts on how /why this would affect the tone so notably
  6. Very good price for a new owner. Congrats on the sale and to the buyer to obtain such a great and now rare product
  7. The thinking of starting with a Cyclonix sub (or two) to potentially be open to adding Pix later is a safer way to hedge your bets too if you want to save for the bigger 3 way brothers in the Series X family. FYI the Cyclonix are completely passive - so you'll need an amp, and preferably one with soft clipping or limiting capability, and some form of full DSP capability for LPF and HPF in addition to any EQ As other have said, test and test is the best way. Particularly scenes or movies you knew well. And definitely with subs try and audition in different places/stores/homes
  8. It's very true and definitely worth taking some time to digest and consider all aspects of the factors that will contribute to the end resulting sound. Acoustics is physics.. And speakers, EQ cannot defeat the laws of that. Room treatment is critical to spend money on Amps and processor also critical. It's insanity to feed a sports car E10 fuel... If in Bris I'd happily demo for you and spend some time walking through the elements I've taken into account to achieve my personal rig
  9. You could compare from what frequency range do Klipsch horn load from vs Krix (and others) In the Theatrix, which the MX40 will be similar, horn loading is from 350hz onward. So all the 'glowing' sound is quite a limited spectrum but massively handled by the 15 inch. And you have constant directivity all the way to 16khz+ Which = great control of room introduced nodes, etc as there's less spatter
  10. All the best! Keen to hear how you go 👍
  11. If you have the money, a Trinnov, Storm Audio or Lyngdorf processor. I am currently using a pro cinema QSC DCM 10D processor (after my Anthem AVM50). As it has crossovers, EQ, delay and all necessary configurables. It's limitation is 7.1 though... Hoping to get a much better processor later on!
  12. Literally just 1 to 2cm between. They are absolutely butted up.. The MX40 is the modular equivalent to Theatrix and is probably overall cheaper / similar pricing... Just need bi-amp and active crossover capabilities (easier said than done)
  13. FWIW Mick I run a 133" 2.37:1 AT screen and it just, JUST covers my LCR Theatrix and 2 x Cyclonix. However I run a drape from foot of screen down to ground to cover the shortfall in height. MX30, if considering Krix, sounds on the money for the budget. Also I'd note that due to the sensitivity of the Krix Series X and MX stuff I bet some places over process them (as in Audyssey and other correction SW) ... Meaning they can lose some of their natural tone and dynamics (maybe your second experience when hearing). Try a few places, less colorised the better, and see how you feel about them 👍
  14. Yes, there is a sound quality variance that comes into it as the RCAs are then using the 32bit DACs... You may have to use some of the bass management and speaker settings in the Oppo Audio menu if your AVR doesn't have the ability to account for it. Essentially RCA out is raw audio
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