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  1. To be honest, I'd get a 2:1 subwoofer cable and take that from the integrated to one of the inputs on the MiniDSP. https://www.cablechick.com.au/cables/pro-series-3m-1-rca-to-2-rca-subwoofer-y-cable.html The other input on the MiniDSP would be the AVR sub out. In the MiniDSP app, just set your routing up so that Output 1 plays with both inputs 1 and 2 lit up.
  2. Look up if your arcam can support home theatre bypass (fixed level inputs from the Marantz L/R Pre out. Then you could put a MiniDSP 2x4 on the sub outs of both the arcam and the marantz, sending the output of the Mini DSP to the sub as a sort of signal multiplexer. when watching movies, the signal from the LR channels on the marantz would go through the Arcam. might get you close to where you want to be
  3. Specs don't look much of an upgrade from the P5, same DAC etc. I'd hold out for a used P5. Set up some alerts on HifiShark and sit back and wait. They have sold under $1k on gumtrees in recent times and a few here for near $1k.
  4. Chase a used Parasound P5. It will tick all the boxes and more. https://www.parasound.com/p5.php They have gone for sale used here on SNA for circa the money you are talking.
  5. Or if you’re keen and willing to experiment, get a Raspberry Pi, a DAC HAT and roll your own BlueSound Node or Sonos Connect with 24 bit 192 kHz audio for about $200 delivered including the case. some options: http://hifiberry.com/ https://allo.com/ compatible with roon to create a multi room setup.
  6. Lots of us run multiple subs and of varying sizes. Depending on your processor you might be able to do room correction on both subs independent of another, but many AV processors just treat them like a single sub which isn’t great. I don’t know your sub model, but can you do treatment on it using the Paradigm Perfect Bass Kit? I have a sub1 and a sub12 in my setup that have had PBK applied. Many here have gone down the path of multi sub optimisation using a mini dsp 2x4. Read: https://www.minidsp.com/applications/home-theater-tuning/tuning-multiple-subs and https://www.andyc.diy-audio-engineering.org/mso/html/index.html Getting it right is important. You can easily end up with a mushy sub range that sounds awful, so don’t just think a little work on crossovers and phase settings on your subs will get you the best result. Picking the right sub locations is crucial too: https://www.aperionaudio.com/blogs/aperion-audio-blog/dual-subwoofer-placement-for-your-home ...and don’t be afraid to do a search here on SNA. There are a laundry list of threads related to multi sub setups in here.
  7. What file format on the HDD? Maybe the Node doesn't like the file system?
  8. Old Brash's speaker from memory. Digital Reference was one of their in house brands before they went under.
  9. If you're curious as to how MQA works, this is a good reference: https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/application_notes/163302855-is-mqa-doa The important bit:
  10. I don’t know why you’d use the internal sound card or DAC in a Mac Pro. These were designed to have external audio interfaces used on them with FireWire 800 interfaces (4 of them) available. There are no shortage of used top shelf FireWire audio interfaces out there. Take a look on reverb.com. I can see FireWire interfaces from apogee, digidesign and motu all sub $200aud which are studio quality, reliable brands with high quality internals and reference level performance. re: upgrading the Mac, the RAM and the cpu are fairy easy to do. I found the model just under the fastest cpus it would take to be about half the price for a minor difference in clock speed. a video card should be the next investment however. Something that is natively supported in Mojave or Later like the amd Radeon rx580
  11. The Mac Pro you have can run FireWire. There are lots of studio quality FireWire sound cards out there that you could snag used that would excel at what you’re seeking to do. Have a look for an old MOTU ultralite (gen 1 will set you back about $200) or similar for a 10 channel sound card with great ADC and DAC as well as headphone output. The Mac Pro is a beast for upgrades too. I’m still running one of your same vintage which has had CPU, video and memory upgrades as well as SSD HDD upgrades and it’s running the latest OS with its eyes closed. take a look here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xkq8k/mac-pro-upgrade-community
  12. B&W 703's: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1055079294863842/
  13. I was never a super crazy fan of GPO, but he was a big part of the creation of Industrial music and later had a fair part to play with respect to the creation of acid house (something he used to want on endlessly about). The book Wreckers Of Civilisation by Simon Ford is a great read on Coum Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle and the breakdown of TG. Well recommended: https://www.booktopia.com.au/wreckers-of-civilisation-simon-ford/book/9781911164739.html Personally, I was more a fan of Coil and Chris & Cosey after TG fell on its face.
  14. I think the early software wasn't complete (no dirac) and unstable (lots of bugs) so it didn't endear itself on many early adopters. I wonder if that's changed?
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