New Receiver Ordered

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  1. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Came home today and the Onkyo was dead. After 12 years and 60,000 hours no sound issues forth. Well when I was playing with it trying to see what was wrong a brief squeak was produced when I switched to CD.

    Before that it would occaisionally put a loud click through the speaks, so I think it was trying to tell me something - :)

    Ordered up a Cambridge Audio Azur 551R.

    Until it gets here, we have to suffer the TV speaks - :(
     
  2. JeffC

    JeffC Well-Known Member Donor

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    Why the Cambridge Audio over another Onkyo? Just curious.
     
  3. chad

    chad Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    Cambridge Audio is good stuff. Enjoy
     
  4. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor

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    Sorry to hear your old receiver died, but I agree with Chad, Cambridge Audio makes good equipment and I'm sure you be happy with it. Plus, you have 12 years worth of feature updates. :)
     
  5. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Yes, looking forward to it. Will be able to go HDMI the whole way and lose a few cables.

    The main reason I chose this was small size and simplicity.

    Don't weep for the Onkyo, it provided good service. At least 14 hours a day, 7 days a week for 12 years.

    This time I thought I'd try something less mainstream.
     
  6. JeffC

    JeffC Well-Known Member Donor

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    Cool. Let us know how it works out. I've never heard one.
     
  7. Bill Stratton

    Bill Stratton Active Member

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    You'll love pulling out a mound of cables. I couldn't believe how many cables I retired when I got my new receiver. Enjoy!! Oh, and we'll all be waiting for your report.
     
  8. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Ordered up a bluray player too. I haven't done anything HT related in so long, I think I am making up for lost time - :)

    A Panasonic DMP-BDT220. Which is supposed to have fast boot time.

    It was a hundred bucks. Late adopters' reward - :)
     
  9. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    I can't stop.

    Just ordered up this;

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004U5T2P0/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

    to replace the bedroom TV. Old one (CRT) was having problems with the builtin DVD player freezing.


    The bluray will go in the main HT and the old DVD (with HDMI) will go in the bedroom. The Visio has SPDIF audio out that will feed the Logitech 5.1 in the bedroom.

    I'm gonna have a nice stack of crap for the next e-garbage pickup - :)
     
  10. JeffC

    JeffC Well-Known Member Donor

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  11. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    :lol:

    Thanks, I needed that.

    I was actually looking at 50 inch plasmas and found that they would fit on my stand where the 42" is now. Smaller borders.

    But the plasma is only 3 years old and still working good. That's about 15,000 hours.

    I'll just wait 'till it dies.

    I'm patient - :)
     
  12. Tom R S 4

    Tom R S 4 Active Member

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    Holy Shit! That's well over 13 hours a day. Do you get paid to watch TV, or something?
     
  13. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Nope, it's not me, it's the family. I work for a living.

    Pops gets up at 8 and goes down at 8. That's 12 plus whenever I turn it off. Wifey used to get up at 10 and fall asleep in the couch until the sun came up.

    My HT stuff (receiver & TV & DTV box & speaks) get a lotta use.
     
  14. GHilinski

    GHilinski Well-Known Member

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    wow best of luck. My friend has the cambridge receiver and it sounds great.
     
  15. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Thanks, good to know.

    It's not real popular. Lower power, no high tech features and not cheap.

    Supposed to sound good though and that's why I bought it.
     
  16. Bill Stratton

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    Mike B is my new HTL hero. Go for it! We'll all live vicariously through your fun.

    By the way Mike, I still have a broken picture for your avatar. Is it just me?
     
  17. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    I guess. I can see mine and yours.

    Yeah, it's going to be fun. It's been a long time since I did anything HT related. Now I will upgrade both at the same time.
     
  18. Jack

    Jack Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Dang Mike, going for the gold I see. Well congrats dude, enjoy the heck out of it all.
     
  19. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Thanks.

    It should be here Tuesday. Ordered from Crutchfield open box with a 10% discount - :)

    I can use the 2 unused channels (just have 5.1) to bi-amp the mains and I dug up my old 851 pics 'cause I kinda forgot how I did the XO's.

    Yup separate. All I need to do is desolder and add another set of posts.

    Cool, I get to do some more DIY - :)

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  20. GHilinski

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    I think you will be surprised at the power output. Cambridge is like NAD who constantly under rates their output figures to surprise on the upside. My friends setup had five in wall speakers, a sub and high ceilings in a very open room and sounded great. The only advice I have is the setup menu's are a bit confusing but all of the answers are in the manual. Good luck and enjoy.
     

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