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  1. Mark C.

    Win a copy of The Ten Commandments Special Edition Blu-ray Digibook

    Yes! I would like this great package.
  2. Mark C.

    Chuck season 2

    I'd actually like to see less of Ellie and Awesome. Have Chuck move out on his own, or have Morgan as his roommate. IMO there are too many characters, leading to a scatter-shot approach. Occasional Ellie and Awesome (every other episode, every two episodes) would be an improvement.
  3. Mark C.

    Need advice on 5 channel amp

    I can tell you about Rotel, since I have the 1095's lesser powered cousin, the RMB 1075. I've used the 1075 in my home theater going on seven years without a hiccup. I power B&W Nautilus 805 mains, matching center and 601 rears. Even at 120 wpc, this thing rocks. The 1095 is just that much more...
  4. Mark C.

    Replacing B&W's

    Why change for change sake? I have 601s from that era that I still use as my surrounds.
  5. Mark C.

    Pink Floyd reissues

    I think we're all, unfortunately, in for a long wait for an SACD of Wish You Were Here. Considering the length of time that has passed, there must be a bean-counter somewhere asking whether such a release will even make back the money spent for the work to create it.
  6. Mark C.

    I know it's only a rumor, but.....Genesis reformed??

    No mention of Steve Hackett??? It's just an '80s lite nostalgia tour!
  7. Mark C.

    Best place to buy Anthem 20 or 30 ??

    If your question is meant regarding internet direct sales, Anthem doesn't want its dealers selling on the net. Look for an authorized Anthem dealer in your area. The Anthem web site should have a list of dealers. There's also audiogon, where new and nearly new pieces are sold. I'm sure there are...
  8. Mark C.

    Is the "Pulse" DVD still coming out this month?

    September 18, to be precise: http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/ And, according to recent David Gilmour interview in Rolling Stone, no reunion tour is planned. Gilmour is touring most of spring in support of his new solo album. That's not to say PF won't do some type of benefit concert later...
  9. Mark C.

    What's the deal with HDCD?

    I've had HDCD available in my home theater system for several years, and I have never been able to tell a difference between HDCD and redbook CDs. Even switching between analog and digital connections, there doesn't seem to be a difference (and I'm listening through Rotel gear with B&W Nautilus...
  10. Mark C.

    Queen+ Paul Rodgers announce 2006 USA tour

    I'm sorry, but there's something kind of ewwwww!!! about this.
  11. Mark C.

    Live 8 DVD?

    Four-disc set listed at Amazon for $37. And no, most of the bands didn't suck. For every one performer that stunk up the place, two did great sets.
  12. Mark C.

    My Dish/Cable TV saga (Basic Cable includes HDTV??)

    That's great--for you, Bob. I only wish my cable company (Charter) would get around to offering HD in my area. I'll be a grandparent before Charter gets its as* in gear. The pickings on the satellite services are too slim to bother until the mpeg4 conversion. So, I sit with two HD-ready sets in...
  13. Mark C.

    How is Fleetwood Mac "The Dance" DVD?

    A must buy. I've watched it numerous times and always enjoy it.
  14. Mark C.

    Pink Floyd said to reunite for Live 8....Really!

    How about they set up the concert like this: Pink Floyd all of one day, everybody else the next day. Or, everybody else gets two songs, and then Floyd goes on at dusk. Can you imagine the rehearsals? I'd love to be a fly on "the wall'' when they first get together. They haven't played as a...
  15. Mark C.

    Pink Floyd said to reunite for Live 8....Really!

    I want to hear from Roger's mouth that Pink Floyd is reuniting. If that's the case, let's hope it's a one-time effort. I think all the band members are of the opinion that you can't go home again. That is, they can't go back permanently to being Pink Floyd. A special event like this is worth it...
  16. Mark C.

    upgrade to b&w 601

    Why not go find a place where you can listen for yourself. We can say this is better than that forever on end, but it's still your purchase. Go listen to them using music you're familiar with to decide if the sound is for you. I can tell that the 600 series has a tremendous following, but so do...
  17. Mark C.

    genesis - concert albums and 5.1 remix of foxtrot

    I, too, believe Seconds Out is one of the best live albums from that era. Didn't know it was crappy. The only criticism I've ever had with the album is the (possibly deliberate?) muting of Hackett's lead guitar.
  18. Mark C.

    My Experiences (So Far) Shopping for a New Receiver

    Gary: There are product manuals on the Rotel site under "support.'' To use Zone 2 on the 1056, you need to connect the preouts on the rear of the 1056 to a two-channel outboard amp. I have the RSP 1066 pre/pro. I use a Rotel RB-1050 amp to power my zone 2 outdoor speakers.
  19. Mark C.

    My Experiences (So Far) Shopping for a New Receiver

    Forget the Pioneer "flavor of the month,'' Rotel is superior to the mass market receivers. The 1056 is not overkill. In fact, you could at some point in the future make your 602s your rears and add new mains. (I have B&W Nautilus 805s for the fronts and 601s for rears and have never been...
  20. Mark C.

    How do you program a VCR with cable???

    I still use a VCR with Dish Network. I set to record channel 3 and just make sure the Dish receiver is set to the proper channel. Fortunately, I have two sets, so I can record on one and watch something else on the other. Ahh, the good old days.
  21. Mark C.

    House, M.D. ongoing thread

    It is the evil profit first hospital owner cliche that adds an extra (and unneeded) layer of conflict. The writers (or producer) couldn't leave well enough alone.
  22. Mark C.

    B&W 800 series

    Figure around $12,000 US for a pair of 802Ds and about another $5,000 for decent amplification. Yikes!
  23. Mark C.

    Your Favorite Tracks on Hell Freezes Over

    Stevie Ray: Try hitting the stop button first, then open the drawer. That may wipe out the player's memory. If that doesn't work, literally swap the disc for another and then back again. If that doesn't do it, nothing will.
  24. Mark C.

    Your Favorite Tracks on Hell Freezes Over

    The only way to get the DTS selection button is to reopen and then close the drawer so the disc cycles to the very beginning. Strange, I know, and hundreds of thousands have been confused ever since this disc came out.
  25. Mark C.

    What's all the **BUZZ** about?

    The prime suspect is your satellite connection. It seems that every other install is not properly grounded. Disconnect the satellite from your system and maybe that buzz goes away. If it does, you need a ground isolator (or something like that. Someone help me here). I believe Radio Shack sells...
  26. Mark C.

    Johnny Carson dies

    Don't forget one of best moments of Carson and McMahon with the giggles: A: sis boom bah Q: The sound a sheep when it explodes.
  27. Mark C.

    Simpson lip sync on SNL

    Golly! They didn't mean anything by it, Mr. Simpson...er...Matt.
  28. Mark C.

    What's the best 5 disc cd player?

    For redbook CDs, the Rotel RCC-1055. Pricey at $600-$700 new, but probably the best 5-disc changer out there. The discontinued Sony ES SACD/CD changers are also excellent (222ES, 333ES and 555ES). You can find them used from around $250 to $500.
  29. Mark C.

    DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 - what is is the best??

    Personal preference, really. Do a search here and find literally years of debate on the topic.
  30. Mark C.

    $3k budget, please review my compenents before i buy.

    My Sony C222ES plays two-channel SACD through analog outputs separate from the multi-channel outputs.