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by Dr Fager
Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

ok, i have sound but not through the card. the guy at AE told me to disable the card on my settings then run the mini-jack. i did so and i have sound from both speakers! now, ive also posted on an audiophile forum requesting help and from what ive gathered the Echo Mia requires two 1/4" plugs, somet...
by Dr Fager
Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

another update. i called AE again. they have the best customer service. on their manual it states they do support mon-fri, but the developer of the speakers has the calls patched to his cell and he picked up while running errands! very friendly guy. anyways he had me flip the rca connectors on the s...
by Dr Fager
Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

im half way there! the plugs out of the card are 1/4" so i bought a 1/4" that converts to rca at the end to plug into the speakers. i have sound. but only half of it! my left speaker is playing but not the right. ive tried reconnecting the speaker wire that connects the two speakers together but no ...
by Dr Fager
Sat Jan 19, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Chalk, The problem is the sound card does not have RCA or Mini-Jack sockets in it. I cant plug in either type of wire. If you paste into your browser the 3rd and 4th pics i provided youll see the back of the card. There are two in and out sockets but they are not RCA or Mini Jack. (they look like yo...
by Dr Fager
Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

those pictures wont link, perhaps they can be pasted into a browser if anyone cares about helping.

im going to sleep, defeated!
by Dr Fager
Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Im SOL i believe. The EchoMia card i have does NOT have a mini-jack and does not have RCA hookups. The only thing my RCA chords will hook into is some S/PDIF that is a wire attachment to the card. If someone could tell me the type of input/output connections those are id be thankful. Since there is ...
by Dr Fager
Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

HELP!!! So the Echo Mia comes in. I Install it properly, but duh, the logitech speakers i have wont plug in to it!!! Im not sure what size youd call the logitech wire, but it looks like a headphone size plug in. The connectors on the actual card are too big for the speaker plug in, and the little ex...
by Dr Fager
Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

How does that sound? Sound's right to me, if you add a Squeezebox in the Living room at a later date you will be very happy..am I correct in assuming that you play your dvd's thru the HDMI outlet to the TV and use the TV speakers...let me know...I will try to explain the Squeezebox tonight, I have ...
by Dr Fager
Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Ok, after more research this appears to be the easiest way to run speakers in both rooms while centering around my PC. Echo Mia Digital sound card Ae2's for the study Ae5's for the entertainment room $600 with money left over to start eying more fancy components. Id have to run wire from the pc to e...
by Dr Fager
Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

chalk, whats the status on the squeezebox bio? 8)
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

CD's ripped to a hard drive produce superior sound to a CD player, that much is now agreed by all the Audio Experts, you are now suggesting a compromise similar to the Slim Devices Squeezebox (which you could add at a later date...if you go this route you should consider adding a D/A converter to t...
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

What about this alternative. Audioengine A2B $199 (pair) http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31xeNWkdo%2BL._AA280_.jpg Audioengine 5 $329 (pair) http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31WdWFcB0hL._AA280_.jpg Apple AirPort Express $99 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/112NP30S58L._AA200_.jpg Her...
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

That brings me to some more questions, Chalkperson 1. What is more important, a good receiver or a good integreated amp? 2. How important is DVD Audio and SACD and how much content is issued in those formats? 3. What is a built in phono stage? 4. What is a moving magnet catridge? Also, perhaps i sho...
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

http://www.stereophile.com/images/archivesart/507rega.jpg If i was going to spend 300 on the Rega P1, why not spend $400 and get a headlamp, some glow sticks and neon clothes and buy the granddaddy of them all... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YFFP90N5L._AA280_.jpg I could scratch Shubert'...
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Here is a NAD setup... NAD - 525BEE - Compact Disc Player $349 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/2142aN5JFBL._AA280_.jpg Again no DVD-Audio or SACD capabilities NAD - C-315BEE - Integrated Amplifier $349 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31CUtazzqRL._AA280_.jpg Here is an alternative NAD - C...
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

thanks for the help guys. David, you struck down my ultimate newbie set! Im glad everyone is being frank so i dont get some garbage. Anyways i did some research on Cambridge and NAD.... Cambridge - 340C CD Player $299 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/318soGvJBtL._AA280_.jpg Cambridge - 540A v2 ...
by Dr Fager
Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

I would stay away from six disc changers that are not turntables, you will soon get frustrated with the kind that you are looking at Why so? I didnt think the amount of discs it could hold would matter since i could only listen to one at a time anyway but it seems hard to find single players. I lik...
by Dr Fager
Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Ive been searching through the AVSforum, whom are supposed to be the biggest audio snobs on the interwebs and this is a system that has been pieced together from several threads asking for entry level advice. the cd and record players were of my own doing though.... Receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 146 $2...
by Dr Fager
Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

any update on stereo equipment? ive been looking around online. here is my checklist.... tuner cd player record player should i get a preamp or will it be overkill for a small system? also, i know i need a sub woofer, if im only trying to play music in a room 20x20, would a 10" sub be enough or shou...
by Dr Fager
Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Ok, i went on a classical music shopping adventure and was met with mixed results. Of the list i had i could only find two exact versions i was looking for. Holst - The Planets - Charles Dutoit Mozart - Piano Concertos 21 & 24 - Szell and Casadesus I also got Brahms Sym #1 - Szell despite it not bei...
by Dr Fager
Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Any thoughts on stereo equipment? Yes, but it will take me a day to check it out for you... Questions... PC or Mac Do you live in the US Do you play discs from your computer. Do you have an i-Pod How many cd's do you have... Do you have a DVD Player... What piece of Jewelery does your wife want... ...
by Dr Fager
Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

You could use existing guides, such as the Classical Music Guide http://www.classicalcdguide.com/composers/index.htm These open-ended questions are particularly hard to answer when one does not know the other individual's tastes. For example, do you enjoy string quartets, piano music, vocal works, ...
by Dr Fager
Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

I didnt have anything in mind selecting these. By austro-german do you mean by composer or conducters or both? lol I mean composers from Austria, the regions that formed into Germany, and even the old Austrian Empire: Bach, Mozart, Haydn (you need to try some Haydn symphonies), Mozart, Beethoven, S...
by Dr Fager
Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

---What types of stereo setups do you use to listen to the music? ive been using a pair of computer speakers as my default sound system at the house, i suppose it is time to get something to listen to the music properly. any rec's on nice setups for this music? What's your budget? It's possible to ...
by Dr Fager
Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

---Where do you guys buy classical music online? is there a better place then something like amazon? You should always check Berkshire Record Outlet first - they do cutouts at a fraction of the sticker price. I always buy used from Amazon, with only a couple of disappointments out of thousands of p...
by Dr Fager
Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Oh, my, you're going to get bombarded with everyone's particular "essential" works! :lol: Excellent! Actually what i have so far is based 80% on this forums suggestions last year when i joined and 20% from my grandfather who is the only soul i know that likes classical music. Note, however, that yo...
by Dr Fager
Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Here is my current collection guys. Sorry for the format, i transferred it from Excel (pardon me in a nerd creating lists!). Any comments on my newbie collection? What should i look for better versions of, what are the good versions i have etc... Any comments on where i should be going from here is ...
by Dr Fager
Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

---Where do you guys buy classical music online? is there a better place then something like amazon? i ---What types of stereo setups do you use to listen to the music? ive been using a pair of computer speakers as my default sound system at the house, i suppose it is time to get something to listen...
by Dr Fager
Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Others have tackled some of your questions. I'll give #3 a shot: You bet there are some great composers living and working these days. Three I've no hesitation in recommending are John Adams, Einojuhani Rautavaara, & Arvo Pärt, all of whom I believe will be regarded more favorably a century from no...
by Dr Fager
Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Commissions represent the 20th century equivalent to royal or aristocratic patrons and matrons of the arts, in previous centuries. In its informal version, 20th century commission providers were simply wealthy individuals, such as the marquise de Polignac, (the parvenu daughter of an American indus...
by Dr Fager
Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

in a nutshell - admission to orchestras is on an audition basis - for major orchestras the process is lengthy and arduous, consisting of several rounds thru which candidates must advance. for smaller orchestras, one comes and plays an audition for the conductor, with perhaps the section leader[s] p...
by Dr Fager
Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Good morning everyone. I listened to La Valse again last night. That has proved to be one terrific find. What a fabulous piece of music. Thanks. 1. I hear about composers being commissioned to write music, how often is that why a composer writes a particular piece? Is that how composers make their l...
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

La Valse is fantastic!!! Great recommendation. Its an intriguing work. The opening and quiet parts are dark and eery, but it opens into a fantastic waltz-type section that is beautiful but kind of haunting. Its a weird mesh of happy and sad. Im going to listen to this all day! I downloaded it so i d...
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

BTW Ricordanza i gave Enigma Variations a run through and it was fantastic! Beautiful piece of music. I was not able to give it my undivided attention as i have the United game on mute (fighting life and death against Birmingham, come on!) but im going to re listen to it this afternoon as a New Year...
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Bolero is glitzier and more direct than most of Ravel's music. It was an exercise in orchestration--and Ravel was a master at that. You may be referring to the trombones glissandi at the end--should be really rasty! The piece was written as a ballet during the Twenties, when all of Paris was infatu...
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

I haven't seen the Met's "War and Peace" production but I've heard a lot of good things. I don't believe any opera is per se the wrong one to first enjoy the Met and a live opera performance but some are better than others. Definitely, you should see a Verdi or Puccini opera when one is on offer. T...
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Thanks for the response Ricordanza. I am downloading La Valse and the Enigma Variations. Will give thoughts once i get a chance to listen. Bolero is interesting. I just listened to the London Symphony version and it was identical to that i heard last night. Im not sure what the instrument is but at ...
by Dr Fager
Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newbie Questions Pt2
Replies: 111
Views: 10829

Newbie Questions Pt2

Hello everyone. I started a thread year almost a year and a half ago about getting into classical music and i was going to post questions there but the thread is locked. Anyways im still at it with this new music and though i havent progressed as much as id hoped I try to remind myself this is a mar...
by Dr Fager
Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favorite 5 pieces
Replies: 78
Views: 20440

Being a complete nerd for the music now and wanting to compile a better list of works to buy ive done some data crunching on the results of this thread thus far. Here is the top 5 selections listed thus far with the amount of times it has been selected in parenthesis.... 1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9...
by Dr Fager
Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Explain the Emerson String Quartet
Replies: 8
Views: 2256

Explain the Emerson String Quartet

So ive been looking around to find my first classical music concert to go to, and i ran over the Emerson String Quartet, who will be playing a list of Mozart, Mendlesson amoungst others. I just bought an emerson string quartet cd, but it was from the 60's. My question being is it a group that update...
by Dr Fager
Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Essential reading for newbie
Replies: 34
Views: 38524

You should try the NPR Curious Listeners Guide to Classical Music. For one its not "heavy" reading. Its a great book to read in passing. I have mine in the restroom 8) It has a brief synopsis of music history, the great composers, conducters, top 50 works, top 50 cds, and a defintion list of need to...
by Dr Fager
Mon Apr 17, 2006 7:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Essential Listening for Newbies
Replies: 65
Views: 19735

Hello everyone. Sorry ive been away for a while. Had a nice little vacation and actually built my collection up substantially. I told my grandad i was into classical music now and he responded by taking me to the local bookstore and throwing a few cd's in my direction. He got me... Essential Rossini...
by Dr Fager
Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Essential Listening for Newbies
Replies: 65
Views: 19735

Ive been listening to Mozarts 41st and 40th at work the last couple days. Its just brilliant. I need to find more mozart. What are some of his other great symphonies i should look for next? Don't limit yourself to his symphonies. You know in your heart that you want to listen to: Piano Concerto No....
by Dr Fager
Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Essential Listening for Newbies
Replies: 65
Views: 19735

Hey guys. Spent yesterday relistening to The Four Seasons. Great, great work. On my cd each season is divided into three peices, and i kept repeating the third part of summer over and over again. Lovethe violin work there, and the melody is just excellent. Ive also started to appreciate the second h...
by Dr Fager
Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Essential Listening for Newbies
Replies: 65
Views: 19735

Ive been listening to Mozarts 41st and 40th at work the last couple days. Its just brilliant. I need to find more mozart. What are some of his other great symphonies i should look for next?

Im going to give the Bach Suites 2/3 a full listen this afternoon.
by Dr Fager
Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Beginner Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 3735

As an old record collector going back to the acoustical recording era I am rather envious of our young friends journey into a land we all so delight in, the land of recorded music. I no longer find the search for something new to be so inviting; I have more than enough recordings to satisfy the mos...
by Dr Fager
Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classical Music and Movies
Replies: 18
Views: 4161

Classical Music and Movies

Guys what is your opinion of some great classical works being identified by movies? Paul McCartney had problems with the Beatles song "Revolution" being used by Nike selling shoes. He said it defeated the purpose and meaning of the song when they wrote it. Then you have Led Zepplin songs being used ...
by Dr Fager
Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:25 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Essential Listening for Newbies
Replies: 65
Views: 19735

If you liked the two violins, you would probably enjoy the violin/oboe concerti like BWV 1060R and 1053R and 1059R. (BWV is the universally recognized list of Bach's works which is useful because he was so prolific and there are only so many keys. They are Rs because they are reconstructions using ...
by Dr Fager
Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Essential Listening for Newbies
Replies: 65
Views: 19735

Beethoven: Symphony #5 in C Minor "Allegro con brio" The opening is classic, but i was more impressed with the way he works off it. "Andante con moto" The slow peice is a nice break from the first. When it builds up it starts to feel like a march. Feels very grand. Ive been more impressed with the ...
by Dr Fager
Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Essential Listening for Newbies
Replies: 65
Views: 19735

Only 7? :cry: Well, never mind. You're in luck, Doc. Vivaldi wrote a gazillion violin concerti. You can pig out. Yes 7 seems low. An 8 would probably be more proper. I think the problem was that my high maintenance show pony was jawing nonstop about floor rugs for a large portion of the work 8) Ill...