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  1. Jason GT

    Why do American cars and trucks suck so bad?

    Interesting thread. Regarding reliability and such, IMO it's not a matter of country of origin or place of manufacture. As is often noted, many "Japanese" vehicles are assembled in North America. The differences in quality are more likely due to management styles and attitudes. I say this...
  2. Jason GT

    Any nasal snuff enthusiasts here?

    Nothing to add here, cept when I saw the thread title, I didn't know what "nasal snuff" was - sounded like a euphemism for uh... another... nasally applied chemical product.
  3. Jason GT

    Canada gets some good candy and potato chips

    There are more 7-11s in Japan than anywhere else in the world. I have bought and tried green tea KitKat here in Vancouver. Actually still have two sticks as the boxed package is split into two twin packages. Those in Toronto, Edmonton and I believe Calgary may be able to find Green Tea...
  4. Jason GT

    Bryston 3b, 4b and Denon

    I second the idea of using the 3B for the CC instead of the surrounds as the CC is far more important than the surrounds. In fact you may be able to bridge the 3B and not "waste" a channel of it at all.
  5. Jason GT

    Texas hold 'em question (Now WSOP 2005 - Spoilers!)

    Jon: (This coming from a pretty bad poker player) - Specifics are really hard to give. Most hands in hold 'em will in the long run lose when played against good competition. Aside from the variables you've already mentioned: 1) cash game? tournament? limit/no limit? 2) how are the...
  6. Jason GT

    Klipsch drops Tweeter; Tweeter now sells hi-end JBL?

    You know John - I've actually seen the TiK in an audio store in Edmonton Alberta. Did a double-take when I saw the JBL logo, especially since I associated JBL mostly with the black boxes with ugly drivers :) Didn't listen to them but they sure look neat ... plus for high end speakers I guess...
  7. Jason GT

    attention vanoucver/lower mainland residents!

    FS isn't the best place to go if you're looking for hardcore audio equipment. Try some of the specialty retailers in Vancouver - I can't help you out with Langley specifically though. The problem is that "high end" stands often are quite expensive - if you DIY you can probably save money...
  8. Jason GT

    Denon 3910 vs Pioneer 868i (59AVi)

    The 3910 is NOT all-region out of the box. There are very few upper-range DVD players that are region free. The Arcam HDMI player comes to mind as does the Australian version of the 59Avi.
  9. Jason GT

    Fellow Californians: do you buy earthquake insurance? Why and why not?

    Dustin: Do not assume that your fire insurance covers fire following an earthquake. There may be a specific exclusion on your coverage. As for EQ shake, potential coverages may include: - structural damage - contents - emergency accomodations The particulars will depend on your...
  10. Jason GT

    lawn mowers

    Philip - I am considering getting a reel (nonpowered) mower to replace my dad's old gasoline behemoth. Is there any difference in effort to mow the lawn? Also, it rains a lot where I live. Will this be a problem? Thanks.
  11. Jason GT

    What’s the matching Paradigm center for my Reference Studio v.2 60’s?

    The matching centre is the Studio CC (v.2). Backups? I think the v1 Studio Centre is the CC-450. You could also try the CC-470/570 (v.3).
  12. Jason GT

    My preliminary HT A/V system Proposal...

    well Marco - my opinions (btw I'll accept a permanent personal invitation to your place to watch movies as payment :D ) Audio: Other prepros ... this is a tough question because there are a lot of high-end choices out there. Once again if you're going turnkey you'll be limited to what your...
  13. Jason GT

    My preliminary HT A/V system Proposal...

    Wow. That's a lot of money, and this is a really tough question as it looks like you're looking for a turnkey solution rather than a DIY job with a list of equipment. If it is indeed turnkey, I'd at least try to find out if there will be any provision for acoustics (and calibration) in the...
  14. Jason GT

    New system in custom home by rookie help!

    I don't have anything to add about the install itself, but it appears that nobody has mentioned a CRITICAL ingredient for a non-enthusiast user: a good remote that isn't too complex and doesn't require too much HT knowlege to use. Scott, obviously it's impossible for this job but have you...
  15. Jason GT

    2005 Formula 1 - Australian GP

    Hope it's okay to discuss Malaysia race results now ... How about those Renaults? I don't believe how effortless Alonso's win was - fastest in d1 qualifying, fastest in d2 qualifying, fastest in the end by a huge margin. Then there was Fisichella who was merely fastest into Webber's side ;)...
  16. Jason GT

    Survivor Palau: Season 10

    The intensely physical challenges certainly make for interesting viewing (and are also consistent with the history of the island). That seems to be a pretty big change from the previous survivors - the puzzle element has been less apparent. I'm glad that Kim's gone. Of course everything is...
  17. Jason GT

    Good price on a 6B SST?

    Consider buying it used - this is Bryston gear after all so it's like buying a used car with no "milage" and an incredible warranty. You may also end up saving sales tax, depending on how your jurisdiction handles these things. If you're looking to buy used I might be able to help you out...
  18. Jason GT

    Paradigm Reference and Signature

    There is IMO a definite difference between the two series of speakers. However what I hear may not be the same as what you hear - so as always the best solution is to listen for yourself. The same thing applies to the question of value - for someone making six figures, it probably isn't too...
  19. Jason GT

    Can I lift the ground on a Parasound HCA855

    Hey guys - that's pretty pricey. Is this not the same thing (rf cable isolation transformer)? http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...ID=16262&DID=7
  20. Jason GT

    The Roulette Wheel (probability) question

    Lew, That explanation makes a heckuva lot of sense. Cees: I think I saw that in a movie once ;). Those crazy Europeans....
  21. Jason GT

    The Roulette Wheel (probability) question

    Thanks, Joseph, for bringing up "memory" (or the lack thereof). It falls apart because on any given spin the odds are against you winning. Over a sufficiently large number of spins, you'll lose 51% of the time. Over a sufficiently large number of spins, you will trend towards losing...
  22. Jason GT

    The Roulette Wheel (probability) question

    I thought that someone was gonna reply with a factual post that would have obviated mine (which I didn't end up posting). Anyways... All casino games are tilted in favour of the house. For your original question, Anthony, of I'll answer the "red won't come up just once" part. From some...
  23. Jason GT

    Tax returns. What are you spending it on?

    Moe, If you contribute regularly to an RSP there's a way to have the tax credit applied to each paycheque. You basically fill out some forms which declare how large an RSP contribution you make per period and that contribution is credited immediately rather than at the end of the year...
  24. Jason GT

    avm30 question

    No. The upgrade for the AVM30 has not come out yet.
  25. Jason GT

    What the **** was up with the Orange bowl halftime show?(even more about Ashlee.....)

    I was watching the game with a buddy - and we definitely got a laugh out of the booing. Simpson was horrible and we were saying "WTF"... then came the boos. As for Simpson, no sympathy is coming from me. An earlier poster said pretty much that she's damned if she does and damned if she...
  26. Jason GT

    Which DVD players under $500 have no macroblocking issues?

    Dave, I'm not sure why *you're* pissed (or for that matter took my response the wrong way), but you asked for "Which DVD players under $500 have no macroblocking issues?" Any player under $500 that does not have the FLI 23** will not have MB. What part of your question did I not answer? In...
  27. Jason GT

    Which DVD players under $500 have no macroblocking issues?

    Have you ever seen MB? It's worth finding out if it really is that horrible (for yourself). Some people don't even see it on their displays; for others it's acceptable. MB is problem with upscaling players using the Faroudja 23** chips. It is not a problem with the vast majority of DVDPs out...
  28. Jason GT

    Rumble in the Bronx question

    The majority if not all of the older HK movies were not shot with sync sound. IOW the entire soundtrack is redubbed and laid over the film.
  29. Jason GT

    How do I get more HP???

    I can't resist so... Stickers. Lots of 'em. TRD is probably the best bang for your buck. Big spoiler helps too :D
  30. Jason GT

    *** Official HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS Discussion Thread

    Ugh. Didn't enjoy this movie too much - IMO it definitely starts out quite strongly but starts to drag and the last act is utterly laughable. The initial scenes are definitely filmed in grand style and elegance. Not only is the narrative at this point coherent and sensible but it is...