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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?

    Point well taken, Elinor... I'm just getting fed up with all the clutter behind my system. Two mono's, an HCA-2, 2 DVD players, a receiver, CD player, Van Alstine T7, ATSC HDTV tuner, and DVR cable box. Imagine all the cables connecting all of the above, and 2 cats that like to trampse around...
  3. Ron S

    Best Pre/Pro for music and HT with iLink?

    Unfortunately, none seem to offer a firewire link :frowning: I might have to go with some combination of receiver and pre/pro... Sigh...
  4. 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...
  5. Ron S

    Queensryche reissues, Yeah!!!

    Ack, was hoping to see some hint of either remastering or hi-res possibilities. No mention of it on the link :frowning: Mindcrime is an amazing album. I've heard many concept albums, but I've never heard one put together better than this one. Seamless and interesting throughout. With Empire...
  6. Ron S

    BMG's Big DVD-A Announcement!

    Surfacing is a must have hi-res format title! Listening to my redbook copy, I always wondered how much better it would sound in hi-res. Guess I'll get my wish! Woohoo! Supernatural may make my second-copy purchase list as well... Still early in the year, so that leaves a lot of room for...
  7. Ron S

    I believe that music prices are grossly inflated to support bribery

    defamatory De*fam"a*to*ry, a. Containing defamation; injurious to reputation; calumnious; slanderous; as, defamatory words; defamatory writings. Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc. While the defamatory statement can be untrue, it does not have...
  8. Ron S

    HDTV reception with an indoor antenna?

    AAAUUUGGGHHH!!!!! I feel like Charlie Brown with the football swiped from under him! Got home to a message on my answering machine that Cablevision has canceled my service call for Wednesday :frowning: After a (long) call to Cablevision customer "service", they say that HD boxes are NOT...
  9. Ron S

    HDTV reception with an indoor antenna?

    There's more than hope, Doug! There's HDTV in them thar hills! Watching CBS right now :) I've read over at AVS that there are ppl in central NJ getting lots of Philly stations. Makes me want to try it :) When I was picking up the Radio Shack antenna to try out, there was a customer telling...
  10. Ron S

    HDTV reception with an indoor antenna?

    Update 2:! Bought a fish tape reel from Home Depot, and installed a line to the attic! Was a bit tricky, but time well spent. Can now get another (less desirable to me) station (FET). Still no PBS :frowning: Using a Silver Sensor in the attic, unamplified, the signal from CBS and FOX are...
  11. Ron S

    HDTV reception with an indoor antenna?

    Update: My Sammy T165 arrived today! Was very excited plugging everything in. I'd invested in both the silver sensor and an amplified RS model (15-1890). Was hoping against hope that the starts would somehow align in my basement HT room, and I'd get a decent reception without much tweaking. I...
  12. Ron S

    Will DVD-Audio Survive

    Hmm, I have to agree with Phil. There has been some very good technical discussion on this thread, which has been very educational. Unfortunately, there has also been a fair amount of argumentative discussion. If this continues, this thread will end up longer than the upgraded Anthem thread...
  13. Ron S

    HDTV reception with an indoor antenna?

    Brian Kaz, Thanks for the tip on possible discrete mounting of the antenna. I may have to go this route in the end, but hopefully things will work out ok without resorting to that. Brian L, I appreciate the sharing of your experience. From all the info I've been able to gather, it does...
  14. Ron S

    HDTV reception with an indoor antenna?

    Thanks Patrick! That was mighty helpful of ya. Nice to know someone pretty close to my distance is doing it indoors. Of course, things like terrain, etc., play a part, I've read. But there are no really large hills near me. Guess I just have to go ahead and do it. No more procrastinating...
  15. Ron S

    HDTV reception with an indoor antenna?

    Shameless bump :) Actually, there is some additional info. Found that the distance between me and the Empire state building is only 22 miles as the crow flies... Anyone else? Before I plonk down for a receiver?
  16. Ron S

    HDTV reception with an indoor antenna?

    Thanks for the words of encouragement, Dustin :emoji_thumbsup: Twice the distance, but with a stronger antenna and preamp, maybe I'd be ok. Actually, the antenna and run of RG-6 wouldn't be the expensive part. Maybe I should just go ahead and give it a try... IF I can return the box, it'd be...
  17. 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...
  18. Ron S

    Elvis 30 #1 Hits "only" sold 15.000 copies!

    Thanks, Jesper! I will definately pick this up today, woohoo! I've got VMPS RM40's for mains, and am still using nOrh 4.0's for surrounds. The VMPS LRC is a great center, but underpowered by my receiver (and not yet completely broken in). The mains are driven by a PSaudio HCA-2, and it does...
  19. Ron S

    Elvis 30 #1 Hits "only" sold 15.000 copies!

    Jesper, are you sure there are Stereo tracks as well as 5.1 tracks? The only reason I ask is that I SAW this disc while browsing the hi-res formats sections in 2 different stores near me. The outside had nothing about stereo tracks (and all DVD-A titles I have so far take pains to mention the...
  20. Ron S

    Simultaneous DVD-A and SACD hookup

    Or you *could* just connect the SACD player via two channel analog to the receiver, and reserve the DVD-A player for the multichannel inputs. Or vice-versa. You'd give up multichannel SACD with the first option. For my own tastes, I find I rarely listen to the multichannel portion of SACD's...
  21. Ron S

    calibration

    Gerald, I'm not familiar with your specific model, but can offer some general advice. RPTV's come "out of the box" with relatively inaccurate color and grayscale levels. Why that is is a topic for another thread :) I have a Pioneer 533-HD5, which to my eyes seemed to have the best picture...
  22. 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...
  23. Ron S

    PS Audio HCA-2

    Thanks for the input, gentlemen :) I know that this amp has some "measurement" issues, and the noise floor is not truly silent. I am willing to overlook these findings, though, in favor of what every reviewer has, without exception, found in the area of performance and *sound*. All good...
  24. 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...
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