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Re: Listened to Spiffnme's M60s today....
tomtuttle #238107 01/04/09 10:57 PM
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No, you wouldn't be disappointed with the M60s, it is just a matter of preference and getting all that you can for the money paid, the M60s and M80s offer both, I just feel the M80s offer a little more and are worth it.

For an avr, the 3808 is the defacto standard around here to drive the M80s. For seperates, you have a number of choices including Emotiva as there are few on their forum running XPA's with no problems. I have my eye on the Outlaw series of products, in particular the M2200 a pair of them to drive the M80s and leave the Denon to deal with the rest, or possibly a trio of them for the front.


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Re: Listened to Spiffnme's M60s today....
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 Originally Posted By: RickF
I have half a mind to drag my 105w Sherwood RX-4103 stereo receiver out of the garage or even the 50w Onkyo TX-8211 from the den and connect them up to the 80s and see how well they do. Even prior to hookup I'd be almost ready to bet the 80s won't shut either receiver down at comfortable levels.



Get to it then.


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Re: Listened to Spiffnme's M60s today....
RickF #238114 01/05/09 01:06 AM
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 Originally Posted By: RickF
I have half a mind to drag my 105w Sherwood RX-4103 stereo receiver out of the garage or even the 50w Onkyo TX-8211 from the den and connect them up to the 80s and see how well they do. Even prior to hookup I'd be almost ready to bet the 80s won't shut either receiver down at comfortable levels.



I can go one better...er, worse, my 14 year old Sony STRD-915(?) dolby prologic receiver. I ran the M80s off of it for the duration of my M22 Ninja XO comparisons when I had the 3808 all tied up with them. The Sony worked very well.


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Re: Listened to Spiffnme's M60s today....
jakewash #238119 01/05/09 01:21 AM
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Jim - I did the exact same thing you did. Auditioned the 60s, loved them and figured that for the "little" extra money, why not go all in? Knowing myself, I knew I'd always ask "what if" if I didn't get the best floorstander in Axiom's line up.

Since you've heard the 60s, you know you'll be happy with them, so it comes down to knowing yourself and considering whether you'll have the upgrade bug in the near future or not. If you don't have the same addiction that many of us do, go for the 60s and you'll never look back (and you'll still impress all of your friends with how amazing your setup sounds for what you paid). If you don't have that level of self-control, you're not alone, and it's easier to go for the 80s now than to upgrade in the near future.

Either way, I'm glad you enjoyed the audition and are on the path to joining the Axiom club. \:\)

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Re: Listened to Spiffnme's M60s today....
myrison #238137 01/05/09 02:46 AM
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We had a blast (or at least I did!)

For aesthetic reasons, we'd moved the TV and equipment into a corner. Granted it does look a bit better, but with Jim's visit, I moved it back out of the corner to really hear what the difference was. It's staying out of the corner, aesthetics be damned. \:\)

I've not had much time to focus on getting everything setup properly, but most everything is pretty good now. I think I may need to play with the surround settings, but at least everything else is working nicely now.

Jim's visit prompted me to finally get off my duff and figure out the media sharing features of the PS3. I have had it working so-so for awhile, but it always had some bugs. I downloaded Twonky and moved the hard drive that held all of our music into my newest PC, and bam! It's all working. Now I not only have my mp3's working out in the living room, I've got all of our pictures, and video files as well. Yeah, that means all the downloaded porn works in the living room as well! Who could ask for more? PS3 rocks!

Next up...figuring out how to rip my entire DVD collection so I can use the PS3 to view all my movies as well. \:\)

Anyway...thanks for stopping by Jim! I'm glad I could help you out!

Oh...and from the room size you described to me, I think the M60's are your best bet. If it were me, I'd get the M60's and pay a bit extra for a custom real wood finish. \:\)







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Re: Listened to Spiffnme's M60s today....
spiffnme #238211 01/05/09 05:35 PM
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Yea, It was the highlight of my week by far... We need to do it again when I am not so sleep deprived.

I'm glad you were able to get the computer hooked up to the PS3, That Rocks... POrn on the big screen huh? LOL...

Right now I am seriously considering doing some reconstruction in my basement to enlarge my HT area to accommodate the M80s but you did have a great idea of custom cabinets on the M60s, that would be so sweet.

Man audiophiles are cool people.... Thanks again for having me over, It was a blast.

Jim

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Re: Listened to Spiffnme's M60s today....
spiffnme #238220 01/05/09 06:29 PM
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 Originally Posted By: spiffnme
We had a blast (or at least I did!)

For aesthetic reasons, we'd moved the TV and equipment into a corner. Granted it does look a bit better, but with Jim's visit, I moved it back out of the corner to really hear what the difference was. It's staying out of the corner, aesthetics be damned. \:\)

I've not had much time to focus on getting everything setup properly, but most everything is pretty good now. I think I may need to play with the surround settings, but at least everything else is working nicely now.

Jim's visit prompted me to finally get off my duff and figure out the media sharing features of the PS3. I have had it working so-so for awhile, but it always had some bugs. I downloaded Twonky and moved the hard drive that held all of our music into my newest PC, and bam! It's all working. Now I not only have my mp3's working out in the living room, I've got all of our pictures, and video files as well. Yeah, that means all the downloaded porn works in the living room as well! Who could ask for more? PS3 rocks!

Next up...figuring out how to rip my entire DVD collection so I can use the PS3 to view all my movies as well. \:\)

Anyway...thanks for stopping by Jim! I'm glad I could help you out!

Oh...and from the room size you described to me, I think the M60's are your best bet. If it were me, I'd get the M60's and pay a bit extra for a custom real wood finish. \:\)



Craig - glad you are enjoying the PS3!

Couple of thoughts (this may be redundant to another posts I have done).
1) I got a D-Link (powered) 8 port USB hub and plugged it into a port on the PS3. Moved my pics and music to a 320GB external drive. Works a treat and gets the PC (and the aggravation of Twonky/Tversity and network issues out of the mix.)

2) Along the same lines, I am in the process of moving my DVDs to an external 750GB. This thread is the best one I found and goes into substantial detail on the process of moving DVDs to a hard drive.

NOTE: Once you get the DVDs onto an external drive, you need to allow everything to set itself up for a few minutes after you turn it on. The DVDs won't show up instantly.

Final suggestion. While it's a little pricey, this PS31r-PRO is a great solution. You can use your IR remote to operate your equipment. Your remote will use PS2 commands to operate the PS3 throught the Shmartz unit and the Shmartz unit includes ON and OFF commands in it's software. Wonderful stuff.

Ray

Re: Listened to Spiffnme's M60s today....
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i would recommend the A1400-8. I love that amp. had it for 3 months so far. very nice power.


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Re: Listened to Spiffnme's M60s today....
Family Man #238295 01/06/09 01:23 AM
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The USB hub and an external drive is a great idea...I may go that route.

I still need to figure out how to turn the native VOB file from the DVD into a file the PS3 can playback though. I'm still working on that.


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Re: Listened to Spiffnme's M60s today....
spiffnme #238394 01/06/09 03:21 PM
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Most times all you need to do is trick the PS3 by renaming the .VOB file to .MPG.

The only other issue that you run into when running them directly from a hard drive, is that the PS3 will only read hard drives formatted using FAT. This limits your file sizes to 4 GB. When you rip your DVDs, you just have to make sure it is compressed to under 4GB. A single VOB file is best also. It gets complicated when you rip it into several vob files, as the defaults usually specify.

Start by removing all the extras, menus and extra sound formats. That will get you most of the way there. If you use too much compression, you will notice a difference in the video quality. If you want to view an extra, you can always dig up the disk again.

You can avoid the size limitation by streaming the movies from your PC with an NTFS drive instead of FAT. However, that is a whole other can of worms. A portable drive, plugged in directly, is a lot easier.

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