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  1. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    Hey everyone, long time no chat. I hope all is well. Thought I'd pop-in and mention that I have 6 authentic theater seats for sale, plus spare parts for repair. $300 for everything (i.e $50/seat, though I'd rather sell them as a set). If you've been to my place in the last couple of years...
  2. Jonathan DA

    October Austin HTF meet?

    Hey Colin, To get any responses, you probably need to post in the Austin Movies Nights thread. Not many people check the forum anymore, they just subscribe to main thread and wait for email updates. I can probably make just about any date prior to Thanksgiving week. Things have gotten...
  3. Jonathan DA

    September Austin meet?

    Humphrey, Can I infer from your reply to Colin's message that Sandman is the aforementioned adult film producer? I followed his thread for a long time a year or so ago and never noticed that.
  4. Jonathan DA

    September Austin meet?

    Uh, oops! I thought the meet was today instead of yesterday! My bad guys, hope you all had fun, sorry I missed it.
  5. Jonathan DA

    September Austin meet?

    I would be interested in auditioning the effects of the Audyssey chip if anyone has a capable system. Specifically, I'd like to see if it is capable of taming "live" rooms with no acoustical treatment in them, i.e. the typical living room.
  6. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    Hey Austinites, I know a lot of you don't actively watch the forum, but are still subscribed to this thread, so I'm cross posting this here--Colin has suggested a get together in September. Anyone interested? http://hometheaterforum.com/htf/showthread.php?t=260966
  7. Jonathan DA

    September Austin meet?

    Hey Colin, long time no see. I'd be up for another meet in mid September. A few of the Austin regulars no longer frequent HTF due to a spat a while back with the admins (don't know the details). You might have better luck getting interest via an email distro.
  8. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    Leroy, If you're going for a 720P LCD, then I'd suggest the Panny, even though I haven't watched that model specifically. The reason I suggest this sight unseen is that at 720p you can still make out screen door effect easily on LCD panels from reasonable viewing distances. The Panasonic...
  9. Jonathan DA

    Austin HTF Poker Thread

    I'll check with the SO, I'm interested if we don't already have plans that I'm unaware of.
  10. Jonathan DA

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Have you modelled your room in Cara yet? I would suggest modelling it with the cabinets filled with faced cotton and without, and see which is better. My initial guesstimate would be that the room would probably perform well if they were turned into bass traps, but make sure they're absorbing...
  11. Jonathan DA

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Sticking with your current speakers will work fine for now. The Paradigms are nice little speakers. For an easy center channel fix, just take your existing speaker and turn it vertical, centering the tweeter at your ear level behind the screen. Then you're pointing the nulls at the ceiling and...
  12. Jonathan DA

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Paul, The answer is...the speaker doesn't avoid comb filtering! In order for two drivers whose centers are 12" apart to minimize comb filtering (aka lobing), the drivers would have to operate below the frequency of a 12" wavelength. A 12" wavelength is roughly 1000Hz. You will rarely find a...
  13. Jonathan DA

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    A pair of center channels would not be good, you'll end up with comb filtering effects that will create a very lumpy freq response and interfere with dialog intelligibility. If you use a center speaker that has the tweeter offset to one side, then you can push that side up against the beam such...
  14. Jonathan DA

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Hey Paul, I can help you out with acoustics measurements. I'll email you details and pricing. Acoustical treatments are a little hard to come by in Austin for some odd reason. I usually buy from Specialty Products Inc. (SPI). They carry the full line of Owens Corning products. If you want...
  15. Jonathan DA

    Where the heck is Frederick??

    I haven't talked to Frederick in a few months. Last time I talked to him he was working a lot, so he may just be too busy to spend time on HT stuff.
  16. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    Robo Elvis Baby...ooohh yeaahhh...groovy! I really missed not going to CES this year. I think I'll definitely hit CEDIA to get my tradeshow fix. Too bad there wasn't more cool stuff to see this time around. As for this weather, I've been in Texas for too long. I actually thought it was...
  17. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    So, Greg, how was CES? I read a few of the reports and it seems like there wasn't a whole lot of news in the high-end beyond a few more manufacturers getting a clue and integrating pc connectivity into their gear. The mainstream market seems to be marching forward quickly though.
  18. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    I'm staying home this year. Didn't have real compelling reason to go this time, but I think I probably will hit up CEDIA in September. Let us know all the cool new stuff. I see a lot of the audio gear is in a different location than previous years. I'm curious to hear well the new digs work out...
  19. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    Four doors! Bah-humbug! My Mini has two doors and a sunroof. I'll just drop the wee one in the from the top should the need arise in the future
  20. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    Are Atoms street legal? They don't have bumpers do they? John, Jen is doing well, I'll tell her you said hi. Glad to hear the curtains worked out with the speakers. Dipoles can be tricky beasts. Scott is still around, but I haven't seen him post in a while, I see at him poker games with Hank...
  21. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    Hey John, I'm a little delayed in responding to your question, we've been out of the country for the last couple of weeks. I don't know why Paul's message went unanswered; my best guess would be that he inferred in his note that he knew members of the group and everyone was probably expecting...
  22. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    I haven't tried to attend any of the screenings, but from what I hear you'd better line up early. I was looking at the schedule for this year and there are some screenings I'd like to attend, but I doubt I'll have time.
  23. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    Thanks for bringing the Panny and Oppo over last night Ken. It takes a huge load off knowing that I won't have to fork out another $4-500 to switch projectors. In short, here's what we found. We used two discs, Battlestar Galactica Season 2 Disc 2, episode "Home Pt 2", and Pirates of...
  24. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    Looks like we're on for the projector at 8PM at my place. Everyone's welcome. Unfortunately, I have a hard stop at 11PM, but we'll make it quality time Here's what I'd like to do. 1. Play a couple of scenes with known motion artifacts on the HTPC/InFocus 2. Repeat scenes on the...
  25. Jonathan DA

    Austin Movie Nights!

    Hey guys. I don't know if anyone's following this thread anymore, but I need a favor. Would someone who owns a Panasonic AE900 be willing to come over this week and do an A/B comparison to my InFocus IN76? I'm seeing some interesting motion effects here and there that I didn't used to notice as...
  26. Jonathan DA

    Home Theater is no longer my #1 hobby

    Ron-P, welcome (belatedly) to the world of MINI! I have a 2004 MCS and love it. Car dealerships are weird places. When I was shopping for a car in '04 prior to getting to the MCS, I test drove a number of cars and every dealer was different. The most amusing experience I had was the day I...
  27. Jonathan DA

    Hey Austin Texas Buddies? Can anyone help me out?

    Hank, If you see this message, could you elaborate please? Maybe I haven't been paying enough attention lately, but what is this all about?
  28. Jonathan DA

    Austin HD DVD vs DVD meet. Sat. Aug. 5th. Who's in?

    I'll try to be there, but we have a dinner party scheduled for the 5th, so if I can make it I'll be pretty late.
  29. Jonathan DA

    Hey Austin Texas Buddies? Can anyone help me out?

    John, your best bets for used 602's locally would be audiogon or to call around to the high end stores and see if anyone took in a pair on trade. Scott, I'm really surprised at the Fry's experience. I haven't seen Blu-Ray in a store yet, but speaking from a purely technical viewpoint, I...
  30. Jonathan DA

    [Austin Meet] The end of an era.

    From left to right in this photo http://static.flickr.com/61/18703450...d1a4bb.jpg?v=0 that's Nils, Mark, myself, and Matt (the new owner of the CRT). Somehow Hank managed to leave before the camera came out.