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    $3000 budget for projector and screen

    Thanks, again. I lived with an occasional rainbow effect when I had my HT1000. I don't expect perfection at this price point, but I appreciate the warnings. It's unlikely that I'll have a chance to compare the two.
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    $3000 budget for projector and screen

    Thanks, guys. Honestly, I'm so amazed by the quality of projector that can now be had for $1,500, I don't have a strong preference for one technology over another. The more I read, the more I'm leaning toward the BenQ.
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    $3000 budget for projector and screen

    I'm a long-time member of this forum but only visit occasionally these days -- usually in moments like this, when I'm seeking feedback on hardware purchases. Nine years ago I outfitted my home theater with an NEC HT-1000 projector (4:3 native) and an 80"x60" Da-Lite motorized, tensioned screen...
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    Recommend an internal DVD drive (for desktop)?

    Thanks for the help, guys. I'm thinking about ordering an NEC ND-3520A, and the best price I've found is $64.50 from ZipZoomFly.com. Any other advice (about drives or etailers) before I make the plunge? Thanks.
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    Recommend an internal DVD drive (for desktop)?

    The DVD drive in my desktop has been giving me fits for a couple months now, and I think it's finally crapped out. Any suggestions for a relatively inexpensive DVD+/-RW drive? - Windows XP Home - Pentium 4 - 2.8GHz - 512 MB RAM Thanks, Darren
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    Midi / keyboard / recording advice

    Let's pretend that I have a total budget between $2000-$3000. (I'm not sure if I can justify spending that much, but let's use that figure for now.) How would each of you spend it? Again, I'm limited to a PC, and if I do this I will definitely want to buy a gig-able keyboard. Thanks...
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    Midi / keyboard / recording advice

    For the immediate future, at least, everything will be PC. My main goal right now is to find a keyboard that could be used for occasional playing out but mostly for home recording. So, for the keyboard, my main priorities are: - piano-like weighted keys - at least five octaves (I doubt 88...
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    Midi / keyboard / recording advice

    Thanks for the links. Looks like I have a lot of reading to do.
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    Midi / keyboard / recording advice

    It's been more than a decade since I was last in the market for a keyboard and midi hardware/software. Can anyone point me to good online resources and discussion forums? I'm hoping to put together a small home studio for scoring films and am eager to begin research and auditioning. Thanks.
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    Some pics of my (almost) finished HT

    I considered the 5900 as well but finally decided that the money I could save with the 2200 would add a bigger bang elsewhere (the motorized screen). I did use the autocalibration feature and have been very pleased with the results. The microphone identified distances to each speaker within an...
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    Some pics of my (almost) finished HT

    BAM! is right. ;) The dropdown screen ended up costing nearly as much as the projector, but we decided to go ahead with it precisely because we wanted the room to be multi-functional. Plus, I figured that, with the rapid advancements in projector technology, the screen will outlast the HT1000...
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    Some pics of my (almost) finished HT

    The installation was completed about two weeks ago. There's still quite a bit of painting to do, but, otherwise, I'm thrilled with how everything has turned out. http://www.longpauses.com/house/ht.htm
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    Hummer H2

    Thanks, guys. From looking through GM's various websites, it looks like the H2 and the 3/4-ton Suburban share the same Vortec 6000 V8. Is that accurate? For the record, I'm not much of a car guy, but I'm writing an article in which I *need* to get this information correct.
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    Hummer H2

    Is it true that the H2 is essentially a Suburban -- same frame, same engine -- with a different body? I remember hearing that once, but can't seem to track down a reliable source.
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    My May 25 deadline

    Someone just reminded me that I had created this thread and wanted to know if I met my deadline. The short answer is "yes and no." My projector (NEC HT1000) arrived in time for Return of the King, and so we were able to watch the DVD projected at nearly 7' wide. The HT1000 is an amazing piece of...
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