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  1. Kevin Alexander

    Singapore, Taiwan, or Hong Kong - Which should I visit, and why?

    Greetings fellow HTF'ers. It's been a long time. I still lurk, but don't post as much. Anyway, I will be in the Philippines next month and have an opportunity for a mini excursion to either Singapore, Taiwan, or Hong Kong. Has any of the members here been to any of these places? I'd appreciate...
  2. Kevin Alexander

    What is the fascination with being the owner of a "bad dog"?

    Let me preface my rant by saying that there are alot of good dog owners of many breeds, BUT, there is a particular type of owner I'm starting to see more and more. The jackass a few houses down from me is the latest. It's becoming more and more fashionable for people to not just own, but train...
  3. Kevin Alexander

    Southland (Season 1 and 2)

    Anyone catch the pilot episode for this? Outside of "The Shield", I'm usually not into cop dramas, but I liked the edginess of the show. It reminds me of a cross between "The Shield" and "Training Day". If this show makes it, I'm all in.
  4. Kevin Alexander

    HDMI STB Issue. Is there a work-around possible???

    I think I'm in the right place for this question, anyway..... Can someone let me know if there is a workable solution for this? My Comcast DVR has a DVI and component output, when I used a DVI to HDMI cable run through the receiver, it won't work (HDCP issues). But when I run it the DVI-HDMI...
  5. Kevin Alexander

    Why do we celebrate holidays like Halloween?

    Let me preface my comments by cautioning everyone against turning this thread into a religious discussion as that is not the purpose of my post here. Anyway, as I drive around through the city and around the different neighboorhoods including my own, I can't help but to notice all around us...
  6. Kevin Alexander

    Help needed........How do I calculate in-room response for my new PB10-NSD?

    I'm trying to optimize my new PB10-NSD for my 25X11X8 (2200 cubic ft.) room. I have Avia and a RS SPL meter and used them to calibrate the sub. However, I need to find out what is happening in my room so as to decide whether I need to upgrade to the PB12-NSD. Is there some type of idiot's thread...
  7. Kevin Alexander

    I'm finally gonna get an SVS, but I need help picking one.......

    Business was VERY good for me this year, so I'm gonna finally get an SVS to see what I've been missing. I've heard very good things about HSU subs as well, but as far as brand recognition goes, my mind seems to connect more w/ SVS. Anyway, my room dimensions are easy: Imagine a small to medium...
  8. Kevin Alexander

    What's up with the price of cereal?

    I don't shop for spice enough to notice the price, but I do eat alot of breakfast cereal (whole grain, not the sugary stuff) and the prices that are being charged by General Mills, Kelloggs, and Post seem to be at least $2.00 overpriced. My local grocery store's (Publix) regular price for a 20...
  9. Kevin Alexander

    Mail-In Rebates......

    I've been buying alot of junk this year...some necessary, and some not so necessary. Several purchases lured me in because of a nice rebate(s) involved. But in my experiences with the rebates so far, I get the feeling that some of the fulfillment houses don't really like to live up to their end...
  10. Kevin Alexander

    HDMI/DVI Retrofit Possible???

    I don't know if this has been covered before in the threads (if so, I apologize), I tried doing a search but didn't find the answer I was looking for. Anyway, I have a Panasonic PT-53WX42 HDTV w/ component inputs that I bought around 2002 before the inclusion of HDMI/DVI and was wondering if...
  11. Kevin Alexander

    FS: Dell Inspiron 1100 w/ Wireless Card

    I purchased this laptop brand new from Dell for my wife and I to watch DVDs while on vacation, and some light duty from time to time around the house. The physical appearance of the computer is of excellent condition w/ no scratches or gouges. Please be informed that the battery has difficulty...
  12. Kevin Alexander

    If I buy a Gillette Fusion Razor, will they stop showing the commercials?

    This commercial is EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME! I'm thinking about springing for one to see if I'm missing something, but I'm a little timid about letting anything w/ 5 battery-powered razors touch my face.
  13. Kevin Alexander

    Why do American cars and trucks suck so bad?

    Now don't get mad, and yes, I admit that there are some American vehicle models that seem to hold their own. To be honest though, there are only a handful of American vehicles that I would really want to make a 5 year investment in. IMO, the worst of the big 3 automakers is Chrysler/Dodge. They...
  14. Kevin Alexander

    Is it illegal for auto repair shops to do this?.....

    To make a short story even shorter, I had my 2000 Dodge Dakota 5-speed towed to a transmission local shop that I'll keep unnamed for now for a free diagnostic of shifting problems (which turned out to be a bad clutch, so they say). Anyway, instead of receiving a call telling me what the problem...
  15. Kevin Alexander

    FS: Harman Kardon AVR-235 **Brand New, Unopened**

    7-Channel Receiver w/ all the bells and whistles purchased from an authorized dealer. Click HERE for a list of specs and features. Price: $325 shipped.
  16. Kevin Alexander

    Motorcycles - How long does it take to learn to ride and get my license?

    I feel that I've made a somewhat important decision in my life to get a motorcycle. The only thing preventing me right now is the fact that I don't know how to operate one. I've driven mopeds and motorized mini bikes in my younger days, but I'll have to learn the gears/shifting of a motorcycle...
  17. Kevin Alexander

    FS: Harman Kardon AVR-325 7.1 HT Receiver.....UNUSED

    I just got this unit from the Harman warehouse and I don't need it because I currently purchased the H/K AVR-635. It is a factory refurbished unit from the H/K stock that was just delivered to my house last week and is still shrink wrapped in the H/K carton. This receiver weighs 40lbs. which...
  18. Kevin Alexander

    I have a bad habit (or disorder) at the gas pump that needs to stop...

    With gas prices at record highs, now is the worst time to waste money, and that's exactly what I do everytime I fill up. When I pump gas, I've gotten into the habit of rounding off my gas purchase to an even amount. Meaning, if I want to put $20 in gas in my truck and the price gague stops at...
  19. Kevin Alexander

    Wanna keep out burglars?...Stop 'em with a Schlage!

    After a recent break in at our home, my wife and I decided to get an alarm system installed along w/ new doors and locks. After picking out the new doors we had several choices for locks to choose from at Home Depot. We've heard so much advertising for Schlage Locks being the "Cadillac" of home...
  20. Kevin Alexander

    Did Athena drop the ball w/ their new line of speakers?

    All of us know the old addage, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.' Someone forgot to tell the people who design Athena speakers this. I am demoing the new Athena speakers (WX floorstanders) in my house, and to me they just don't have that special something that the AS-F2s did when I first heard...
  21. Kevin Alexander

    Will Whey Protein make you fat?

    I have a friend who told me not to use Whey Protein because it will make you fat. So that got me worried and I stopped using it after a brief try. He recommended a "regular" protein powder instead. Also, when people talk about "weight gains" w/ certain proteins, are they referring to muscle or fat?
  22. Kevin Alexander

    F/S Panasonic SA-XR50 Digital Receiver

    The receiver is in mint condition, around 6 months old, and rarely used as I spend most of my time working and sleeping. The unit is silver in color and comes with original packaging, box, manual, remote and other hardware. It powered my Athenas beautifully. $150 + shipping I accept Paypal (no...
  23. Kevin Alexander

    BEHOLD!!! I give you the 7-channel Panasonic SA-XR55 Digital Receiver...

    ...OK, Panasonic brings it to you. Here is a pic I got from the Japanese press release. Estimated street date is about 2 weeks according to unconfirmed reports from Panasonic. Aside from 7 channels of amplification and 3 component inputs, it has some other interesting features such as...
  24. Kevin Alexander

    I know I said I'd never go back to analog receivers, but.....

    ...I was hasty, and I spoke prematurely. There, I said it.:b It's not that I don't still love my Panny XR50 in my main system, it's just that when I attempted pairing another Panny XR50 w/ my new satellites, the results were less than stellar. So I'll have to revert back to analog to power the...
  25. Kevin Alexander

    WTB: Used and cheap 5.1 DD/DTS Receiver w/ PLII

    I'm contemplating a bedroom system and was interested in a receiver that fits the description in the title. I'd like to snag a cheap Sherwood RD-6108 or something similar. Let me know what you have. Thanks.
  26. Kevin Alexander

    Do those fuel injector cleaning additives really work? And if so, which one?

    I'm looking to regain a little fuel and engine performance w/ my 2000 Dodge Dakota V6. It has only 25,000 miles on it, but the engine seems a little lethargic at times, and the gas mileage seems as if it's taken a nose dive lately. Has anyone had any positive experiences w/ those fuel injector...
  27. Kevin Alexander

    Directors Name some actresses who didn't age very well at all......

    Here's my three: Farah Fawcett Madonna (she will be a hideous older woman) Jasmine Guy
  28. Kevin Alexander

    Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

    Did anyone catch this on PBS? It was a very well done documentary based on the life and times of the first black heavyweight boxing champion. As I was watching it, I was amazed at how some aspects of history can be totally forgotten. I had never heard of Jack Johnson before, but I'm glad I know...
  29. Kevin Alexander

    My dentist recommends Deep Cleaning.... Will I cry like a newborn baby?

    Has anyone ever had deep cleaning from their dentist to treat early periodontal disease? When my dentist recommended this today, I was a little surprised as I take good care of my teeth (obviously not good enough). My wife said that it was painful which scares me. From those of you who have had...
  30. Kevin Alexander

    Can I install Microsoft XP disc that came w/ my laptop onto my desktop?

    ...or do I have to buy a completely new XP disc for my desktop? Also, if it works, will this erase all of my saved data and programs? I'd rather not have to pony up more money for another operating system. Thanks.
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