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Dear all, here are my initial experiences and a few questions about the AVP-18.The situation was: I listen in stereo, and my amplifier combo was a vintage yet refurbished (new capacitors, better opamps) Quad 44 & 405-2 set. DIY speakers based on Beyma (European brand, similar to professional JBL etc) coaxial drivers. The system is used for both music and video, and music quality is important. The 44 pre-amp, while I love it dearly, was getting really geriatric with a channel regularly dropping. And it was getting annoying to connect all those digital sources. It was not easy to find a reasonably priced pre-amplifier that could handle all the digital sources and still sound very good for music. The AVP-18 provided exactly that. My sources are the Oppo BDP-103D, bought together with the NuForce, it is a great one box solution; and also the Apple TV. Cabling in HDMI. Only analog cable is a stereo cable towards the Quad power amp.It sounds really good. I tried a few high resolution music files and they sound pristine, not the electronic sound of affordable AV gear. Compared to my old Quad 44 pre-amp, it is as if a curtain has been lifted.Now my questions:- Is there a list of exact improvements with in all the firmware updates? MyNuforce came with 1.52.something and it is for me a huge pain to update the firmware: my computer is a desktop mac without windows emulation and my work laptop is locked down. Meaning, I will have to ask someone else's pc for the upgrade process. Hence it would be good to see if an upgrade would matter. A recommendation is to make it possible to have simple usb memory stick upgrades, like it is possible with many devices.- Is there an audible difference between hdmi and optical or coaxial? I read that hdmi introduces more jitter, but I am not sure if there would be any audible difference. It sounds awesome as is.- For stereo, I selected large front speakers and all the other speakers off. Still the autoeq obviously searched the other channels during set up. Did I do it right? I also notice that the autoeq result is quite subtle, maximum resulting corrections are around 1.5 db. Years ago I borrowed a Behringer digital eq to experiment with and it made a bigger (too big in fact) impact on the sound. Still I would expect more than 1.5 db required at some frequencies. So, here again, did I do it right?cheers and looking forward to any insights!
- Is there an audible difference between hdmi and optical or coaxial? I read that hdmi introduces more jitter, but I am not sure if there would be any audible difference. It sounds awesome as is.
I have a quesiton for AVP-18 users, does anyone else have the dim function defeated when changing volume? It appears to happen only on the HDMI inputs (tried HDMI 1, 2 &3), but I can set the dim level for the front display, but if I change the volume (or anything else) it defaults to a brighter setting. Strangly enough it doesn't seem to happen on the Coax input (only tried Coax 1).Also, is there any way to defeat the on screen volume display? Don't mind it when playing games, but its frustrating when watching a movie. I know you can adjust the volume then hit exit to quickly make it dissapear, but still. Not sure if theres a way that I just am not seeing, or perhaps this could be an option with future firmware....and just realized I never posted my impressions of the AVP-18. Will do so tonight.
If you install the latest firmware, the onscreen display of volume can be completely defeated if you turn off OSD (On Screen Display) in the setup.
Does this turn off just the OSD for volume, or everything including setup? I have a USB cable coming from Monoprice, should be here in a couple days, will be sure to install the new firmware and report back.
All the OSD is turned off, because the front VFD display is active, it will show the volume bar etc...
Thanks. Have another question, Do you have to download all of the updates or just the latest update? Also when I did the update I had an Error OSD Flash not match! on the unit. Ken
Potential solution was introduction of NuForce AVP-18 with following logic:- Sony BDP-S790 (via HDMI) used for bluray and playing audio files over network even if it currently won't play FLAC. CD is still the main source. Question: solution for FLAC over network?- Marantz CD6000 was due an upgrade for a long time now. Question: Would using AVP-18 as a DAC qualify (I have no chance of testing before purchase)?
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