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  1. Dennis Ellis

    Teach me about htpc's.

    I searched but didn't find anything too recent on the topic. I am toying around with the idea of building a htpc. First a few of the requirements I have. 1. Case - I want a case that looks more like a receiver/dvd player than a typical computer "case". I prefer black. 2. I want to be able...
  2. Dennis Ellis

    LCD extended warranties ... Y/N?

    I am hopefully buying an LCD from Best Buy tomorrow. You all make some great points about warranties. I have utilized them in the past on car stereos and as Adam R said above, I would have paid alot more in the end had I not opted for the warranty. Beepa, I am also looking at samsung...
  3. Dennis Ellis

    Few questions from an ignoramous who just bought his first HDTV.

    Stephen I guess I'm more of an ignormaus than the OP. Can I ask why you have to connect just the coax cable in order to do the Autoprogram search? Reason is, I pick up my new HDTV tonight and I already picked up an HDDVR cable box and have it hooked up (to my regualr old CRT). I already...
  4. Dennis Ellis

    New equipment suggestions?

    None taken. I had to get a new one in a pinch and it has been great so far. Believe me, I am considering it. Finally ordered the TV, Receiver, and cables/mount. SHould all be in by next thursday if the tracking info is accurate. Probably won't get a chance to mess with anything until the...
  5. Dennis Ellis

    New equipment suggestions?

    Thanks. I know it may be a hard question to answer but how do you think the dvd player will look? I know it's not gonna be BluRay but I've never seen bluray so I won't know waht I'm missing. The dvd is Insignia NS-1UCDVD.
  6. Dennis Ellis

    New equipment suggestions?

    Kevin Just decided on LCD rather than plasma. A friend of mine has both LCD and plasma and I looked at his. I don't think I can go wrong either way. 52" because I sit about 12 ft. back. And it will be higher than eye level. I have to put it over the fireplace. I've never used Denon but...
  7. Dennis Ellis

    New equipment suggestions?

    I am in the final stages of planning my new HT purchases. I think I have all the equipment picked out so I wanted to run a few questions by the experts. 1. TV Samsung 650 52" 2. Denon 1909 Receiver 3. Comcast HD cable box 4. Wii 5. Old DVD player (Insignia ???) First of all does...
  8. Dennis Ellis

    Any Onkyo TX-SR 605 Owners?

    I was thinking of getting this receiver. Since it's new, this may not be a question that most can answer but would this be a noticable upgrade to an onkyo 575x? And I have an older tv with only s-video so I am mainly concerned about sound quality, etc. thanks
  9. Dennis Ellis

    Help with Onkyo receiver . Pro Logic or 5 Ch Stereo?

    Someone asked what type of speakers. Here's a link to my speakers. http://www.800stereo.com/prods/JNN.html Brian_Wh, I'm glad you like yours. I've heard of the Polk RM6600 set. I may look it up and compare the power handling to mine. Thanks for the info on the :Polk RM6600 "test". I tried...
  10. Dennis Ellis

    mp3 connecting to receiver

    Not sure if this is what you are looking for. I have a linksys wireless media player that streams mp3 through my network. Actually, I have a file server in a closet that hold all my mp3's and other media files. Then I have the linksys in my garage hooked up to an old technics receiver. It...
  11. Dennis Ellis

    Help with Onkyo receiver . Pro Logic or 5 Ch Stereo?

    Update: Sorry, it's kinda long. I've been a little busy so I haven't had time to respond. After finally looking at it there is actually a 5-Channel button on the front. Pressing it didn't do a thing. Then one evening I pressed it and it went to 5 Channel and sounded alot better. A few days...
  12. Dennis Ellis

    Help with Onkyo receiver . Pro Logic or 5 Ch Stereo?

    Thanks for all the info everyone. DaveF, What do you mean by you recommend the Pro-logic II option? The 575x isn't Pro-logic II??? Or are you saying to purchase a Pro-logic II receiver? I'll get in there and try to find out what was changed but it seems that Dolby could be a better...
  13. Dennis Ellis

    Help with Onkyo receiver . Pro Logic or 5 Ch Stereo?

    I have been using an onkyo 575x for several years. While watching digital cable I have noticed that the front always displays "Pro Logic" instead of the normal "5 Ch Stereo". First of all, what is the difference? Which is better? I realize "better" may be subjective, just talking in general...
  14. Dennis Ellis

    Help with cable box and s-video.

    Tod No HBO, Showtime, etc. Just digital cable and the high-speed internet service. Not unless the lady signed me up for HBO or something I didn't ask for. If she did I better get it for free or I'm canceling it. If it's been a while just call again. Tell them you want to get a box with the...
  15. Dennis Ellis

    Help with cable box and s-video.

    Bob Yes I am going through the receiver. I'll try your suggestion after work today. I just have an odd feeling the box is defective as you suggest. Tod I just stopped by one day and asked them if I could have one w/s-video. They told me they would have to get one from the warehouse and...
  16. Dennis Ellis

    Help with cable box and s-video.

    I had a digital cable box from Comcast. All was well. Today I switched the box out for a digital box w/s-video out. I have two problems/questions. 1. For some reason the lower channels are now fuzzy. Higher channels seem OK. Cbales all seem to be connected fine. What could have happened...
  17. Dennis Ellis

    Should I replace my Minimus 77's with a pair of JBL N24II's

    Sorry to bump in here but can anyone recommend some speaker mounts for the N24's? I do not have the mounts that came with the speakers. I've seen some mounts on different sites (best buy, etc.). Are the holes in the n24's universal sized? thanks. de
  18. Dennis Ellis

    Speaker mounts for JBL n24's?

    Looking for 4 speaker mounts for my JBL n24's. I do not have the originals that came with the speakers. One problem I have is that the wall plate for one of the front speakers is very close to the corner so I don't have alot of room. I'm hoping the speaker mounts will enable me to "tilt" the...
  19. Dennis Ellis

    Question about speaker connections for new house.

    I'm sure this has been asked before but I tried searching and couldn't find it. Wiring a new house for 5.1 surround and need to know a few things. I realize that it is not desirable to have "breaks" in the cables or at least minimize the "breaks" but I dn't see any other way to do this with...
  20. Dennis Ellis

    Natalie Merchant- Motherland

    I have been a long time fan of 10000 maniacs/Natalie merchant. You may be interested in her new album, The House Carpenter's Daughter. It is being sold on her site right now. Look here. It is not avaialable in stores yet but you can order it from there. I haven't had a chance to really...
  21. Dennis Ellis

    Need help with s-video.

    Thanks everyone. I guess to make things easier I will just go with a regular s-video cable. With that said, I have another possible issue. Choice #1. I will need two wall plates. Drill a hole in each one so I can feed the one sole s-video cable (40 ft.) from the receiver to the TV. Then I will...
  22. Dennis Ellis

    Speaker Advice (Thanks in Advance)

    lots of people have recommended AR hc6 package. Best Buy online has them for $300.00 I think.
  23. Dennis Ellis

    speaker wire included with JBL NSP??

    Don't do like I did. I went to Radio Shack for some speaker wire for my surrounds. I cut the lenghts as desired and then noticed the + and - were not labeled in any way. No black line on one, no writing, actual wire were the same color. Had to use a meter and test continuity. Even though that's...
  24. Dennis Ellis

    JBL NSP1 Owners?

    Phil Since you are the one to ask pertaining to JBL nsp1'a around here; are there any aftermarket speaker brackets that will work with the n24's? I have misplaced mine and will need to put them on the walls in the new house. I am going to call JBL tomorrow and see how much $$$ they are but I...
  25. Dennis Ellis

    Need pics of JBL n24's wall mounted.

    THanks alot Lee. I'm trying to figure out a way to mount the speaker onto a wall plate that is screwed into a stud (or screwed into one of those metal boxes that's screwed into the stud). I appreciate the pics.
  26. Dennis Ellis

    Need help with s-video.

    I will be moving into a new house in the next few months and have a dilemma with my video. I need to run an s-video cable from my reciever to my tv. Looks like it will need to be 35 - 40 feet by my estimate. Now I know they sell cheap and expensive s-video cables. Someone (on another forum)...
  27. Dennis Ellis

    Need pics of JBL n24's wall mounted.

    thanks for the offer. It will be around Novemeber or so before the new house is built so if you mount them I'd like to have a look. So these just screw into drywall? Could they mount onto a "wall plate" or similiar? Any other sources for pics are appreciated.
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