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  1. Ron S

    Need advice on a large screen (75+)

    Sooo, my 82" Mitsubishi LED is finally dying. It was a good set for the price, but it has ruined me in terms of tv size. It sits in a large well lit room, and now needs to be replaced. What are my options? I can spend the money for a good display. Is the new 86" LG any good? I've read there are...
  2. Ron S

    Best Pre/Pro for music and HT with iLink?

    Okay, budget is in the range of 10,000. I'd really like an ilink to connect up my Pioneer elite DVD, freeing up the 5.1 analog inputs. Not particularly interested in 7.1 for now, 5.1 seems to do the trick nicely in my HT. The one thing I *don't* wish to sacrifice is 2 channel audio. HT is routed...
  3. Ron S

    HDTV reception with an indoor antenna?

    I've looked all over the place, but can't seem to find an answer to this question I live in a condo complex, and outdoor antennas are not allowed on the roof. They don't prohibit placement on a deck, but my deck faces North. Hence DirecTV is out, and a small outdoor antenna wouldn't reach...
  4. Ron S

    Where to see TTT in NJ?

    I'm really looking forward to seeing this film! Unfortunately, I live in Morris county NJ, and the theaters in this area, err, leave something to be desired. They cram 12 theaters into one building, with small screens, few stadium seating options, and mostly mediocre sound. :frowning: There...
  5. Ron S

    PS Audio HCA-2

    This amp has gotten some pretty good press lately. And from multiple sources, which makes me want to audition it, as I am in the market for a good 2 channel amp for mains. It seems a bargain, too, for its capabilities... At a discounted price. Not looking to have them *give* it away, but a...
  6. Ron S

    B&K amp differences?

    Am trying to find info on the differences between the ref7250, 7270. With the new ref200.5's and .7's coming out, good deals are to be had on these older amps. Is anyone aware of the differences? Can't seem to find info anywhere :frowning: And how hot *does* the B&K line get? Prefer not to...
  7. Ron S

    Multichannel inputs - More than one?

    Hi all. Have been *seriously* bitten by the SACD abd DVD-A virus ;) Mu Onkyo 696 only offers a single set of multichannel inputs. I've got it connected to the Pioneer 47Ai, and the sound is great! So great, in fact, that I'd like to upgrade my CA70ES to a 555ES. Would be much more convenient...
  8. Ron S

    Mains upgrade in a nOrh 4.0 system?

    I'm currently running 5 nOrh 4.0's in an HT setup with an Onkyo 696 and SVS 20-39 cylinder/Samson 700 package. This has opened my ears to how good speakers can really sound, having had off the shelf "systems" until this point. After upgrading my DVD player to a new Pioneer universal unit, I am...
  9. Ron S

    Suggestions to test the SACD ability of the 47Ai?

    Hi all! Just got the 47Ai, and am quite happy with it. DVD-A sounds outstanding. SACD was quite ugly until I enabled multichannel output for it in the menu (geez). The only SACD I have is Alice In Chains' hits, which I understand is possibly not the best SACD to reference to? Any suggestions...
  10. Ron S

    Pioneer 47Ai first impressions

    Woohoo! Was poking around onecall's web site and noticed they had the Pioneer 47Ai in "low stock" status. Called my local authorized dealer, and they had them in stock! In fact, they were still at the warehouse (20 mins away). Scott (Sound City in Denville) was nice enough to take a special...
  11. Ron S

    Can analog inputs be shared for DVD-A and SACD?

    Is there any (easy) way to connect two sets of analog outputs to the receiver for separate DVD-A and SACD? Would like to set up two separate units to achieve the best performance for these newer formats, as none seem to get it right on all 3 (DVD-A and SACD) The video quality of the rp82 is...
  12. Ron S

    Panny rp56 frozen

    I know this model isn't the top of the line, and better units are coming available in the very near future, but it serves my purposes well. Great progressive picture, no bugs. Until now. Well, technically, it's not a bug. It's a downright disaster! Popped in the new copy of LOTR, sat back to...
  13. Ron S

    Audio CD changer suggestions?

    I'm thinking of getting a new CD player, preferrably in the 300 price range. Changer capabilities would be nice. No plans yet for SACD or DVD-A. I just need a simple audio CD changer with 200 or so capacity. But I would really like above all else for it to be a "quality" component. Running with...
  14. Ron S

    Help with speaker stand size/placement?

    Am eagerly anticipating the arrival of my nOrh 4.0's (ugh, waiting 2 months already). But just about everythng else is in place. Except for the speaker stans, that is. The temporary Axiom m3ti's are sitting on the floor. I have a Pioneer sd533, and it stands 49-50 inches tall. I plan on...
  15. Ron S

    Pioneer sd533hd5 settings? Service manual?

    Woohoo, just got my new rptv yesterday, and it's beautiful! Did the 72 pt convergence, and the color is spot on. However, looking at the AVIA test pattern, i notice that the overscan is a little too much to the left of the screen, about 7%, while the others are at 4. How do I adjust this? Is...
  16. Ron S

    Panasonic RP56 and SVCD?

    Darn! Got this unit based on lots of good reviews and features for the price. I neglected to inquire as to wether it reads SVCD's. Aparrently, it does not. Does anyone know a way around this? Or am I stuck with plain old vcd's? WHY not include SVCD if you are going to include VCD? Sigh... Is...
  17. Ron S

    Out of the frying pan, into the fire?

    Well, last Sunday, ordered a Pioneer sd533hd5 from Best Buy. Was told to wait, let us see if it's in stock. Good news! It IS in stock! Yippee! Since I'm on vacation this week, I needed delivery asap. BB said they would deliver on Tuesday (omg!), and I would get a call Mon night confirming a...
  18. Ron S

    Panasonic pt-56wxf95 - Old model?

    I'm about to buy a rptv, and all the reviews I've read seem to indicate this to be an exceptional performer. I've demo'd it in stores, and the picture blows all the other sets away. My problem is, this set is not listed on Panny's site, and I'm wondering if it is a discontinued model? If so...
  19. Ron S

    Approx wait time for a set of black ceramic Norh 4.0's?

    Dang. Finally decided on the speaker system and color, only to find out that recent posts bemoan the fact that the shippin time is substantial (8 weeks to 6 months, depending on the story. Anyone have an approx order to delivery time on these?
  20. Ron S

    Home theater on a budget of 1500$

    HI all! Am moving soon, and want to take advantage of the newly acquired space to buid an HT. TV issues aside, I'm more than a little confused about the choices available for receivers and speakers. Would prefer to include an SVS 20-39PC in the mix. Do I need a receiver AND an AMP, or would the...
  21. Ron S

    Fitting a Rear-Proj TV into basement

    Hi all. I have recently bought a condo, and am looking into making most of the finished basement into a home theater. It really is the only place practical, space-wise. The problem is, access to the basement is limited by a 90 degree turn in the stairs, with full walls on all sides. No walk-out...
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