Recent content by David_Rivshin

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    Bookshelf Speaker Hunt

    I own Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1 mains, which I'm very happy with, and are in the range of your budget ($850-950, depending on finish). http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/SRM1/srm1.html I'm not sure if this might be important to you, but one nice (and unusual) thing about...
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    Del Toro's PACIFIC RIM (Plot Details)

    I so want this to be good. Too often I'll see a trailer or preview of an upcoming film and thing "that could be really cool if it's done right", only to have it turn out to, shall we say, not be done right. If this was a Bay film I would not have my hopes up, but given del Toro's track record my...
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    Gladiator BD exchange

    I think you're fine. The definitive way to tell is to look at the disc itself. On the hub of the data side there will be a long identification number. It's hard to see, but if you hold it up to a light at the right angle you should be able to read it. If it ends in "B1R1" it's the original...
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    Feedback on Sierra-1s? Hsu Enthusiast? Others?

    I have Sierra-1 (in the "natural" finish) for my LCR, so I obviously think they're a good value for their price. My side and rear surrounds are CBM-170's, which blend well with the Sierra-1's. Part of my decision do go with Ascend speakers was due to it being a relatively small and personal...
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    Pre/Pro suggestions - forced upgrade

    Honestly, if the 4311CI had been $1150 at the time, I would probably have gotten that instead of the NR3008. There are a few ways in which the 4311CI seemed better in my research: No worries about relays clicking being annoying Has an easy way to use the Audyssey "flat" EQ target, vs the...
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    Pre/Pro suggestions - forced upgrade

    Sorry to hear about your misfortune. I was recently in the market for a pre/pro myself, and I ended up getting an Onkyo TX-NR3008. The main reason for me was that I wanted Audyssey XT32, and very few AVRs or pre/pro's have that right now. The nr3008 happened to be the least expensive of those...
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    Spyder Colormeter

    I believe the EyeOne Display LT sensor (same sensor is sold in alot of other packages/brands as well) is considered more accorate than the spyder. The software that comes with such devices is geared towards auto-calibrating a PC monitor (by modifying the LUT), but the sensors can be used for...
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    NEW Panasonic blu-ray BD60 & BD80 for pre-order at Crutchfield

    I notice that the panasonic remotes still lack a dedicated subtitle button, which seemed to be a concern for many with the previous models. It's strange they wouldn't add that, as I'd think it'd be a pretty simple thing to do. FYI, Crutchfield also has the new Samsung BD-P1600 and BD-P3600 up...
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    LeRoi Moore - More details about his death

    Ever since I heard the news, I couldn't listen to any DMB, still somewhat in denial. Just a few minutes ago I went and put in my Live at Piedmont Park DVD, going straight to track 11 - The Dreaming Tree. Besides being one of my very favorite songs (by anyone), and seeming appropriate for so many...
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    RIP LeRoi Moore

    This is very sad news indeed. LeRoi was part of what made DMB so unique, and some of my favorite moments were when his sax took center stage. He will certainly be missed by me, and I'm sure many, many, others. My condolences go out to all who knew him. I do hope they release an official...
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    Speaker stands or mounts for rear speakers

    I've recently been looking for some tall stands for rears as well. These are currently at the top of my list: MS-45B2 Studio Monitor Stand Although at $200 street price, I'm considering just building my own stands out of MDF instead. Some other options you might be interested in: SMS-6000...
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    what to replace CD changer with?

    There's a couple of ways these types of devices work. Most of them can pull music (or video) files off a computer you have in the same or other room via the network (wired or wireless) connection. Some of them can have music (or video) pushed to them via software running on a computer, using the...
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    what to replace CD changer with?

    There are a number of networked "media players" available these days, although most seem to focus more on the video rather than the audio side. Even still, they should do fine with audio if you use a digital connection to your preamp/receiver. And for me, personally, support for FLAC is a...
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    OLED and Laser Displays

    I seem to recall reading something about an OLED factory being built that should enable monitor or TV sized display production. I haven't located that info, but when searching around for it I did run across this: OLED history | OLED-Info If a 14" display is $3K in 2008, I'm almost afraid to ask...
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    OLED and Laser Displays

    There were a few displays of OLED screens I saw at CES, and I have to say I'm looking forward to the day a OLED TV's are available (and affordable). Samsung had the largest one I saw, at 31 inches, but they were not allowing anyone to take pictures. They were also not giving any type of a...