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  1. John Stone

    My Home Theater and Lobby are finally up and running!

    Trust me, the image is crystal clear on the projector. I'll grant you that most standard def DVDs don't look that great blown up to 110" (even upconverted with my XA2), but HD material is jaw-dropping. Here are a few screenshots I took with a crappy handheld digital camera (which is...
  2. John Stone

    My Home Theater and Lobby are finally up and running!

    Thanks! I'm trying to obtain a pinball machine for the lobby right now, so that'll probably be next.
  3. John Stone

    My Home Theater and Lobby are finally up and running!

    I've got a 20-39 CS downstairs in the family room. That was my first SVS, and it's flat-out awesome. I'll bet two of them sound insane! :eek:
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    My Home Theater and Lobby are finally up and running!

    I love it--the image is fantastic (note: I had it ISF calibrated). The blacks are deep and very detailed, and the colors are vivid and bright without looking unnatural. I have two complaints about the 1080 UB, but they are fairly minor: The convergence is a tiny bit off. This is only...
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    My Home Theater and Lobby are finally up and running!

    Thanks, Don. There is still a lot more that I want to do (both in the lobby and in the theater), but the idea is to build on what I have without getting too opulent. I don't have the budget to place form over function (at least not too much!)
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    My Home Theater and Lobby are finally up and running!

    Pretty small, actually: The theater is just 15'4" long by 12'1" wide, and the lobby is roughly 12'10"x15'1".
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    My Home Theater and Lobby are finally up and running!

    I've wanted a dedicated home theater and lobby area for almost a decade, but never had the space to make it happen. My wife and I recently had a new home built, and my long-time dream having a dedicated home theater and lobby has finally be realized. Everything is functional, but I plan to...
  8. John Stone

    What's the Deal with the HD Audio Tracks?

    I've also read that, but this past weekend I played around with the 5.1 analog out and did not experience the same thing. Bass was also where it should be (verified all with an analog SLM). After a lot of testing, I ultimately switched back to a digital connection. I really enjoy the added...
  9. John Stone

    NEW HD-DVD owners: Please post your reviews here for members considering purchase!

    Up until yesterday I have been using the Samsung HD960 (a standard def 1080p up-converting player), which I purchased about 6 weeks ago. The HD960's up-conversion to 1080p was very, very disappointing. I've also had problems with brief picture freezes and terrible amounts of macroblocking/noise...
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    What's the Deal with the HD Audio Tracks?

    Until this week I've remained on the outskirts of HD/BD format war. I've been casually watching the drama unfold, all the while promising myself that I would not invest in either technology until there was a clear victor. The positive reviews of the HD-XA2 finally knocked me off the fence...
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    please say it ain't so! Possible, probable, burn-in.

    :frowning: It sure sounds like it. I have a 53" Panasonic RPTV that's about 4 years old and I just noticed the exact same thing a couple of weeks ago while watching "Ice Age 2", which has a lot of white in it. My wife and I have always been careful to never leave the TV on a...
  12. John Stone

    Photos of yourself

    Don't forget cheep beer. I was trying to get my beloved Schlitz beer can pyramid on the floor to show up in the picture, but me and my wife-sister couldn't figure out how to make the dang camera take a bigger picture. :confused: Anyway, back to my pornos....
  13. John Stone

    Photos of yourself

    I guess I fall into: "4) Holding a baby Photos" :D
  14. John Stone

    Post your Theater for Simon Cowell

    :frowning: I blame my wonderful wife, Lisa, for that horrible color. She did that about 8 years ago, and we both agree it's time for a change. Now it's just a matter of clearing out the room and doing it. Since we are the only people who go in there, it's been a very low priority. I get made fun...
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    Post your Theater for Simon Cowell

    To the best of my knowledge those were both purchased before there even was a HT Market; however, as you probably noticed, I'll be needing a third unit sometime in the near future. I'll buy it through the HT Market for sure. :emoji_thumbsup: They say each wall unit will hold 702 DVDs, but...
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