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Is there anything as good as an Onkyo P-304 anymore?

Where to find a new (or used) preamp that is like an Onkyo Integra P-304, P-306, P-308, P-309, or P-3030? [more inside]
posted by bengarland on Apr 26, 2010 - 1 answer

Please recommend a car stereo with a USB input jack.

I want to buy a car stereo with a USB input. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Single source sound

What's the best sounding home cinema system or What hi-fi plays DVDs? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Mar 15, 2010 - 1 answer

our open-house party needs my perfectly calibrated MP3 mix

How to play MP3s from my 2nd floor computer on my 1st floor stereo? [more inside]
posted by the bricabrac man on Mar 10, 2010 - 10 answers

cdchanger + adapter = auxin?

My older panasonic car stereo/cd player has rca cd-changer inputs but no aux in, is there some way to trick it to use the cd-changer input for an ipod? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Mar 8, 2010 - 13 answers

Cheap power amplifier recommendations?

Based on their good reviews and cheap price, I bought a pair of JBL Control 1 Pros for my DJ setup at home without realizing they were passive speakers. Any recommendations for a cheap amplifier? I just need some basic reference monitors for my turntables/mixer so I'm a little out of my depth when it comes to wading though reviews on audiophile websites.
posted by cosmic osmo on Jan 30, 2010 - 4 answers

How to get an iPod to work in my 2007 non-Sport Honda Fit?

I have a non-Sport 2007 Honda Fit with a factory radio. It has an Auxiliary-in button on the controls, but no physical aux-input (unlike the Sport, which does). How can I best get my iPod to play through my Honda stereo (with an FM Modulator as a last resort)? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Jan 21, 2010 - 14 answers

So my kids hear only music.

I'd like to put a system in our master bedroom (<400 sqf) and I'm overwelmed. Receiver/amp, speakers, and my ipod is all I need. I'd like the speakers to be small and wall mounted. I have a recommendation for Paradigm Reference Mini Monitors. Any comparables? Is that a good direction to go in, or should I go the "ceiling can" route? How'bout the receiver? Any and all recommendations are welcome.
posted by Mr.Me on Jan 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Need stereo system advice

Please help me figure out the best stereo equipment setup to hook up to in-ceiling speakers. [more inside]
posted by Mid on Jan 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Out, Out, damn sound!

Why can't I get Digital Out (5.1) from my PC to work with my Sony receiver? [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller on Dec 11, 2009 - 11 answers

New stereo amp to replace my broken one.

My amplifier/receiver died. I need something inexpensive (~$200) but powerful to replace it. I am not an audiophile but like my music to sound good. Should I get a simple amplifier and an HD radio tuner or troll eBay for a used receiver? I have two sets of speakers plus woofer and need about 100W per channel. Need three or four inputs. Don't need fancy 5.1 or anything. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by misterpatrick on Dec 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Getting equipped to groove

Please help me choose an inexpensive home stereo for a teenager. I'm overwhelmed! [more inside]
posted by notashroom on Dec 3, 2009 - 10 answers

My stubby amplifier...

Home amp filter: Shallow cabinet, 5.1-channel, three-input-HDMI, two-zone, good-quality amplifier-receiver -- does it exist? [more inside]
posted by rleamon on Nov 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Sounds Good...

[Hi-Fi / HT filter] Help me find the right front speakers for my receiver, so that both music and movies sound good ! [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly on Oct 14, 2009 - 6 answers

I need an iPod stereo with some special requirements. Help?!

I'm getting married in 3 weeks, and I need some sort of stereo for the wedding ceremony to play music from my iPod. It will not be amplified, so it needs to be able to play loud enough to play outdoors for about 60 people, without a massive amount of distortion. Oh, and as a pipe dream, it would be optionally battery operated. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by suburbanrobot on Oct 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Unpolarized cord used in a device that expected polarized cord; is it doomed?

Unpolarized cord used in a device that expects a polarized cord. Device no longer works. Doomed? [more inside]
posted by medpt on Sep 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Boombox Cinema

By 1989 the boombox had established a fairly stable place in the pantheon of pop culture cinema, with the releases of both Do the Right Thing and Say Anything. Can you remember seeing (and hearing!) the machine in earlier films? I'm especially interested to learn its earliest appearances.
posted by billtron on Sep 26, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me hook up a new HDTV to an old(ish) stereo receiver?

Can you help me connect my optical-out DVD players to my new HDMI-in HDTV? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Sep 22, 2009 - 12 answers

What receiver and speakers should I purchase for under $400?

I'm on a budget and want to upgrade my audio system. What receiver/speakers I should purchase to get the most for my money? [more inside]
posted by vmrob on Sep 22, 2009 - 24 answers

bluetooth headset options

Is there a bluetooth receiver that will function as a mic but allow me to use my own earbuds? [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Sep 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Converting vinyl records to digital files using an existing turntable...

I like my vinyl records. I want to make digital files out of them. What are my options ... which don't include a new turntable and, preferably but not absolutely, don't require my computer and stereo to be in the same room? I'm on a Mac.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Sep 2, 2009 - 19 answers

I love my headphones, but....

How do I best leverage my mp3 device, considering it is not an iPod? [more inside]
posted by Tbola on Aug 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Wiring up an old radiogram

I found a radiogram on the street. There are two short wires out the back, both stripped about 1/4" bare, and no plug. With regard to polarity, does it matter how I attach a new lead and plug? I'm in the US and will be plugging it in to 110V. [more inside]
posted by carter on Aug 14, 2009 - 12 answers

I'm not sure what it's supposed to do, but I'm pretty sure it works

What is this mystery spindle that came with the turntable I just got? [more inside]
posted by kid_dynamite on Aug 8, 2009 - 10 answers

Table Hockey in the dark?

Table Hockey in the dark? [more inside]
posted by DrAlbin on Aug 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Listening to my mp3s on my stereo via the magic of wireless technology....

Sending my music across the room... So I have a 25 year old amp (Technics if it matters) and a record player on the ground floor of one end of my apartment. On the other end, on the second floor, is my computer, which has all my non-vinyl music on it. The music is on an external drive. The computer is an aluminum iMac. Is there a way to get my mp3s to play out of the stereo? Note that at present I have no wireless stuff except a d-link modem and whatever wireless is built into the computer. There are no walls between the computer and the stereo. Please explain it to me as if I was an idiot. A bit more info inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jul 27, 2009 - 24 answers

"Seasoning" headphones?

Is the practice of "seasoning" headphones just supersition? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Jun 15, 2009 - 47 answers

ipod to stereo

How does one achieve the best sound quality when connecting ipod/iphone directly to stereo? [more inside]
posted by cookie googleman on Jun 2, 2009 - 15 answers

Noise canceling technology for a whole apartment?

Any good solutions for canceling out my neighbor's bass from their stereo without headphones? Headphones aren't an option all the time if I need to sleep. Are their nose canceling stereos? How well do they work? What else could I try? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on May 25, 2009 - 13 answers

Should the NuForce Be With Me?

Thinking of buying the NuForce Icon Desktop Amplifier. Opinions, direct experience, alternative recommendations welcome. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Apr 17, 2009 - 2 answers

Convertible with top - Lock the doors, or leave them unlocked?

Loss prevention in a convertible with soft top - Lock the doors, or leave them unlocked? [more inside]
posted by rinogo on Mar 30, 2009 - 22 answers

AC adapter making my speakers buzz -- and it's not a ground loop.

New, generic AC adapter is causing my computer speaker system to hum. I thought it was a ground loop, but a cheater plug (fitted on the jack of the AC adapter) didn't help. (The speaker system itself is not grounded.) I know it's the AC adapter, because if I run my laptop on battery power, the hum disappears. Anything I can do, short of forking out $70 for an original adapter? This adapter has been working fine otherwise. [more inside]
posted by ori on Mar 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Wireless music

I have a computer hooked up to my entertainment system, and I'd like to stream music to it from my laptop. Help! [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Mar 22, 2009 - 11 answers

My computer's audio output keeps blowing out my external audio amplifier

I just blew out an old Nakamichi stereo receiver because the signal from my computer's audio output seemed to overload the machine. The receiver clicked a couple of times (reverting to silence each time before resuming normal volume), then quite literally heated up and died. I don't think it's the receiver's fault necessarily, since something similar happened with my previous stereo receiver--in terms of its getting overloaded from the computer's audio signal and shutting down with a loud click. I'm just using the sound card that came with my 3 year old Dell desktop--and I want to make sure this doesn't happen again to the next receiver (I'm using a receiver because I need to drive some old ADS speakers). Any suggestions? I tried using different inputs on the receiver (video, tape, CD, even phono) thinking it might be an issue of too strong a signal coming into the machine. But regardless of the input selection, the same problem would occur--whenever volume got too loud (and I did try lowering the volume on the computer itself) there would be a loud click, then silence. Should I just forget using an external amplifier at all and just use the horrible computer speakers that came with the machine? Thanks
posted by quintno on Mar 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Do I really need two or three separate boxes for just-OK computer audio?

Do I really need two or three separate boxes for just-OK computer audio? I need some kind of speaker to hook up to my laptop-used-as-a-desktop, but having three or even two separate components is cumbersome. I also don't think I really need an expensive, fancy system. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Mar 12, 2009 - 12 answers

Convert my tunes

Is there any way to play music on my external hard drive through a stereo receiver? That is, is there any sort of device that could play middleman between the two? My home computer is busted and all my music is trapped in my little Maxtor. Is this even possible?
posted by auralcoral on Mar 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Can I put an aftermarket stereo in a new Nissan Frontier?

Can I put an aftermarket stereo in a new Nissan Frontier? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek on Feb 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Through the luminiferous aether

RFInterferenceFilter: This is a continuation of this question. Summarizing: I'm experiencing a loud buzzing noise in my stereo, accompanied by interference from local FM radio stations. I've done more investigation and have eliminated my power as a (direct) cause of the noise. [more inside]
posted by strangecargo on Jan 26, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I stop my surround sound system cutting out?

My surround sound system keeps cutting out at higher volumes. Please help me find a way to stop it happening. [more inside]
posted by Beep on Jan 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Do I have to choose functional over pretty?

What's so special about speaker cloth? Can I replace it with regular fabric? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne on Jan 16, 2009 - 12 answers

Lite Rock, Less Talk? I'd like neither, please.

(Electronics|Stereo)filter: What is causing this infuriating noise in my preamp and how do I fix it? Links to sound files and long list of symptoms in extended. [more inside]
posted by strangecargo on Jan 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Playing tunes.

Can the standard (type II, I think) stereo/CD system in a 2007 Toyota Corolla play MP3 CDs? Or what are my options? [more inside]
posted by Science! on Jan 7, 2009 - 5 answers

How to place a good speaker in a bad corner?

How to place a good speaker in a corner? After investing in some decent audio gear, I find that I cannot avoid placing the left speaker in a corner due to space constraints. As expected, this emphasizes low the frequencies on that side and makes the sound stage a bit wonky. Short of moving the speaker, is there any way to mitigate this somewhat?
posted by aladfar on Jan 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Recommend a budget phono preamp

Which budget phono preamp (less than $50) should I buy? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The on Dec 31, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me find an album from the 70s that was never released

Once upon a time (the seventies), there existed a Lincoln Majorca live album that stores used to sell stereo equipment. Help me figure out what it was and where it can be found (on CD or mp3). [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Where can I find a specific stereo speaker to replace my old one?

Where can I find the correct speaker for my Panasonic CD Stereo System, model number SC-AK600? It still works quite well except for the left surround speaker. I need to find a replacement speaker. Any websites out there that sell these?
posted by Beep on Dec 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Playing records and listening to my iMac through one system

I would like to set up a system where my turntable and my iMac all flow out of a nice set of speakers. I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Dec 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Is this a good stereo?

I'm thinking of upgrading my car's stereo; I still have a tape deck in there! I've located a Sony unit that seems to fit all of my requirements, Sony MEXBT2600. It has built in Bluetooth. Has anyone had any experience with such units? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Dec 8, 2008 - 1 answer

What's up with my speakers?

My stereo is off, unplugged even. I am not using my cell phone, neither is my adjacent roommate.. why do I occasionally hear loud conversation, almost sounding like walkie talkie two way radio communication, coming from my speakers? [more inside]
posted by mediocre on Nov 29, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me hack my car's stereo!

I need tunes! Please help me hack* my car's stereo. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 25, 2008 - 5 answers

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