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  1. Tim Hoover

    Weekly RoundUp 4-24-2012

    Just a heads-up: I was out browsing my local BB today and found the Forgetting Sarah Marshall combo pack for $4.99...
  2. Tim Hoover

    Weekly RoundUp 6-14-2011

    I think I'll finally break down and pick up the Avatar 3-disc BD now that the price is slightly more realistic..
  3. Tim Hoover

    Weekly RoundUp 5-17-2011

    Well, now I'm kind of annoyed. The Dark Knight BD is part of Best Buy's Trade & Save program, which would bring the price down to $9.99-$5=$4.99. I paid five dollars more last week. I wonder if they'll give me a price adjustment...
  4. Tim Hoover

    Weekly RoundUp 5-10-2011

    You can mix and match...
  5. Tim Hoover

    Weekly RoundUp 5-10-2011

    I just traded in four old titles from my big stack of DVDs I haven't watched in years and years. I picked up The Dark Knight at $14.99-$5= $9.99, Predators at $19.99-$5=$14.99, Matrix Reloaded at $14.99-$5=$9.99, and Book of Eli at $14.99-$5=$9.99. In response to the questions regarding...
  6. Tim Hoover

    FUTURE SHOCK: Where Is Home Theater Headed?

    This is an absolutely great thread... I'm not sure where everything is headed because, honestly, I've really removed myself from the HT world the past several years. I would hope that, as others have expressed, we move video towards an experience more like current audio, i.e. inexpensive...
  7. Tim Hoover

    Weekly RoundUp 5-10-2011

    Mike, thanks for the heads-up on the BB Trade & Save program. Amazingly enough, everything went completely smoothly at the store!
  8. Tim Hoover

    Panasonic BD65 DTS audio problem?

    I'll only be able to afford the Oppo if one of the company's kind folks sent me one gratis. Until then, I have what I have...
  9. Tim Hoover

    Panasonic BD65 DTS audio problem?

    Ed, I certainly appreciate the thought, but the 5.1 direct in on my pre/pro is currently occupied by a Pioneer 563 universal disc player, and that thing definitely stays. I'm not necessarily replacing the Sig 2.0 so fast...after all, it's been in service here for ten years and I'll have a...
  10. Tim Hoover

    Panasonic BD65 DTS audio problem?

    Todd, I've done some additional research and I'm thinking that's EXACTLY what the problem is. I swapped for a different BD player today (Sony S370) and still had the problem, even with a different cable. The good news is that I found a workaround on the net that alleviates the problem to almost...
  11. Tim Hoover

    Panasonic BD65 DTS audio problem?

    It's definitely an odd problem. The optical cable is the same one I've been using on my regular DVD player for years with no problems. As far as a wrong setting goes, well, that's definitely a possibility. I have DD and DTS set to bitstream which, according to Panny, will convert them down to...
  12. Tim Hoover

    Panasonic BD65 DTS audio problem?

    A few days ago, I purchased a Panasonic BD65 Bluray player. Audio is running via the optical out into a Harmon Kardon Signature 2.0 pre/pro, which only supports DD and DTS 5.1. With discs with a DTS audio track, I'm getting a lot of distortion in the center channel on louder dialog passages. Has...
  13. Tim Hoover

    Tips for smoothest DVD upconversion on Panasonic BD65?

    Yes, Jim, I have definitely turned the sharpness way down to alleviate EE symptoms. I've also been testing DVDs that are relatively clean of this. I guess my main gripe is that I expected DVD upconversion to look a bit better than it does, and am wondering if there's something I'm doing wrong...
  14. Tim Hoover

    Tips for smoothest DVD upconversion on Panasonic BD65?

    Hey everyone, I recently delved into the HD arena with a new HDTV and a Panasonic BD65 bluray player. I'm pretty much out of the loop when it comes to HD, so I thought I'd ask for a few setup tips. Bluray discs look great going into the TV at 1080p through HDMI. Regular DVDs look okay, but...
  15. Tim Hoover

    So I just got taken by the "Wahldorf Home Theater" scam.

    No, Bill, they are definitely white van speakers...can't remember the exact brand name of them, but they were Acoustic-something. At the time, they were one of the more common white van brands. Edit: just Googled and found the brand: Acoustic Response. They were a carpet-covered 3-way...
  16. Tim Hoover

    Stepping Down

    Wow...I come back to the forum and Packy leaves. Coincidence? In all honesty, Parker, you've been a big help over the past decade and I certainly appreciate it.
  17. Tim Hoover

    XLR and TRS for patch cords?

    The jack that DavidJ posted is a combo XLR-1/4" jack. You can hook both types of connections into it. I'm not sure why your speaker would have such an input, though. If it'll accept a 1/4" TS connection (no ring connection), to wire it you'll simply need to purchase some mono TS plugs and...
  18. Tim Hoover

    So I just got taken by the "Wahldorf Home Theater" scam.

    I know a guy who owns a restaurant/bar here in Paducah, and he swears by them for his house PA system...and honestly, his house PA actually sounds rather good!
  19. Tim Hoover

    Learning to play guitar

    Hmm...I actually manage a guitar store, so here are a couple of recommendations based on customer feedback: Hal Leonard's Play Guitar Today book/CD/DVD combo http://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.do?itemid=699544&seriesfeature=PLYTDY&menuid=3019&subsiteid=67& This set runs about...
  20. Tim Hoover

    Are you a "two spacer"?

    I strangely find myself reading this sentence aloud in a Christopher Walken voice...although William Shatner would work as well.
  21. Tim Hoover

    Non-videophile finally moving into HD...

    Yeah, I'm thinking next year might be time for a new pre/pro...one that includes plenty of HDMI connections (that would negate the need for analog outputs on a BD player) and lossless surround processing. I've lived with 5.1 DD for so long that I can last another year :)
  22. Tim Hoover

    Best Rock/Pop Subwoofer music?

    Well, since you already have U2's Achtung Baby album, I'd go with "So Cruel" for bass goodness.
  23. Tim Hoover

    Non-videophile finally moving into HD...

    Yes, the Sig 2.0 has 5.1 analog inputs, but they're currently occupied with a Pioneer 563 universal player for hi-rez audio. Is the step-up to lossless surround really that big compared to full-bitrate DD and DTS?
  24. Tim Hoover

    Non-videophile finally moving into HD...

    Okay, I used to be a regular poster way back in the day, but due to starting a family and having my nice job outsourced, I've taken a hiatus from the HT world. With that being said... I've gotten permission to finally replace my old 32" CRT set with a new HD set. I figured I might as well...
  25. Tim Hoover

    Some older HT gear collecting dust

    Sony AC-3 demodulator sold
  26. Tim Hoover

    Some older HT gear collecting dust

    It's spring cleaning time, so we're clearing out the attic... Denon LA-2300 laserdisc player AC-3 RF output. Looks and works great. Includes manual and remote. $100 shipped. Pioneer CLD-505 laserdisc player AC-3 output, also looks and works great. It includes the remote but no manual...
  27. Tim Hoover

    Ripping CDs illegal???

    Here's the part of the whole CD-copying thing I don't get: The RIAA allows the sale of music-only CD-Rs that have a price premium to supposedly cover lost royalties on new disc sales. Who's to say that a person who uses these discs still won't get sued for copying?
  28. Tim Hoover

    U2 "The Joshua Tree" - 20th Anniversary Edition

    I'd love a hi-rez version myself, although with the Eno/Lanois murky production job on it, we might not notice much difference...lol I'm rather mystified why we haven't gotten a Best of 1980-1990 DVD. There are plenty of videos from this time period that would justify a release (including the...
  29. Tim Hoover

    Equipment reviews in magazines

    Yes, of course...however, the OP's post seemed to address the frequency RANGE of the product, not its frequency response.
  30. Tim Hoover

    Equipment reviews in magazines

    I'm not disagreeing with the crux of your argument by any stretch of the imagination, but the above quote confused me. How would the frequency response of a piece have anything to do with how the power output was measured?