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  1. Ari

    NBA 2008-09 Regular Season Discussion Thread

    I think CP3 and Josh Smith have the best chance for the quadruple double.
  2. Ari

    Onkyo 705 or 706?

    It's time for me to upgrade my receiver and I've narrowed it down to either the Onkyo 705 or 706. Differences of the two are as follows: Onkyo 705: 3 DSP chips Audyssey MultiEQ XT 3 HDMI inputs 720p upconversion $450 Onkyo 706: 2 DSP chips Audyssey MultiEQ 4 HDMI inputs 1080p...
  3. Ari

    Need advice from the exerts on buying/building a sound system.

    I'd go for that Pioneer just because the Samsung includes a DVD player that you don't need.
  4. Ari

    Need advice from the exerts on buying/building a sound system.

    For a complete 5.1 system, you're really going to have to go with a packaged solution. OneCall has a Sony system (Sony HT-DDWG700 - In Stock at OneCall.com) for $199 that's pretty basic (small speakers, small sub, DD & DTS only). The better speaker packages start at $500 and perhaps another...
  5. Ari

    New receiver or a sub??

    The receiver does have analog in and the BD is a BD35. Sub it is then.
  6. Ari

    New receiver or a sub??

    I'm in the process of updating the HT which has remained untouched for the past almost six years. I've gotten a new Panasonic 58" plasma and two new DVD players: a Panny BluRay and an Oppo. The rest of the system has remained the same. I've got a DD/DTS HK receiver, Audio Refinement 3-channel...
  7. Ari

    Upconversion: Panny BD35 vs. Oppo 980

    I'm in the process of updating the HT and got myself an Oppo 980 to play my SD discs and was waiting for the price of a Panny 58" plasma to drop. I checked Amazon and saw it going for a good price and $300 off if I got a Panny BD35 to go with it. I jumped on the deal and now have two players...
  8. Ari

    Out of HT for ages & need a new DVD player

    I set up my HT around 5 years ago and forgot about it while raising two kids. Now my DVD player is dead and I need to replace it and I see BluRay HDMI and whatnot and am confused. My current setup consists of a Toshiba 57HDX82 RPTV that does 720p and only has composite, S-video, component and...
  9. Ari

    Extending WiFi range

    I'm thinking of going with a 15db omni at the transmit side and a 15db dish on the receive side. The reason being that it would be nice having a signal at the pool & lawn between the two houses. I'm looking at stuff from Radio Labs www.radiolabs.com. Any experience with them??
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    Extending WiFi range

    I currently have a broadband/wifi setup at home. I'd like to extend the signal over to a guest house at the other end of my property (around 200 yards away). What would be the best way to do this?? Hi-gain outdoor antennas at both the main house and at the guest house?? A bunch of bridges?? Any...
  11. Ari

    Car wax/and or polish-whats the best?

    Claying is actually very safe for your finish....it can be a lot of work but since your car is new, there shouldn't be a lot of gunk that'll need claying. After washing your car, put your hand in a sandwich bag and run it against the paint. It should be as smooth as silk...any rough patches will...
  12. Ari

    Car wax/and or polish-whats the best?

    I use a mix of Meguiar's and Mothers with a smattering of Eagle One as well. I hear Zaino's the best but only available on their website.
  13. Ari

    DVD Slideshow Software

    If you want freeware then get iPhoto..comes free with all new Macs =). For the PC, the best I've tried is ProShow Gold but it's not freeware.
  14. Ari

    Smallest Camera!

    DPReview should come out with a full review of that camera in a few weeks. In the meantime, here's what I would assume given the specs of the camera and the reputation of the manufacturer. 1. Panasonic makes great stuff and this should be no exception. Definitely one of the better...
  15. Ari

    Starbucks Chantico...wow! Now that's hot cocoa!

    I tried Carlo's recipe and it was very good considering I skimped on the ingredients. Being a diabetic, I had to use Splenda...and the only milk we had at home was 1%. Next time, I'll probably go with whole milk and perhaps use the whole bar (it was 70%).
  16. Ari

    Need to find a very nice hotel in New York for this weekend

    Yeah...I heard that the new owners of the Plaza were transforming part of it into luxury apartments. I didn't know that they had already started.....I'm curious what it'll look (and feel) like when they're done......
  17. Ari

    Need to find a very nice hotel in New York for this weekend

    I'm partial to the Carlyle since I had my wedding reception there. Smaller than the Plaza but at least as classy. It's in a quiter part of town (Yorkville) but just a block away from Central Park. Every room has a grand piano and lots of celebs stay there (Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger were...
  18. Ari

    Does speaker wire honestly make a difference?

    Boy...that question will get you in a raging debate. Here is what I tell most people: Speaker wire will make a difference only if you can hear it. Some people can tell the difference, some can't. Some systems will sound different, and some won't. If it does make a difference to you, then...
  19. Ari

    *** Official *** XBox 360 Hardware DISCUSSION Thread

    I was finally able to place an order for a Premium unit on walmart.com. In anticipation of good times to come, I'm going to get some stuff to properly hook it up. Since it's a Premium unit, it'll come with the component hd cable. I've checked my HDTV and I've got a free Component jack so the...
  20. Ari

    *** Official *** XBox 360 Hardware DISCUSSION Thread

    Arrgghh.... I'm currently based abroad so I'm trying to bribe friends and family (free use for a week) to get me a 360 to ship to me but no luck. None of them can be bothered waking up early to look around for one. I guess I'm stuck to buying online when and where they become readily...
  21. Ari

    Beach wedding slideshow music

    Around 5-7 minutes. I downloaded some music by Jake Shimabukuro (ukulele instrumentalist) and will probably use it if nothing else comes up. Another option is some stuff by Sevara Nazarkhan.
  22. Ari

    Beach wedding slideshow music

    I'm putting together a slideshow for a friend's beach wedding. I'm looking for suggestions that are elegant, stylish and exotic. Any suggestions??
  23. Ari

    Sony sued over copy-protected CDs

    Jane Monheit's "The Season" also has it. Popped it in my PC and the warning pops up....put it in my iBook and no problems!!
  24. Ari

    Treo 650 anyone use one ?

    The Treo 650 did have a problem with low handset volume but they released new firmware for it a few months back. It solved the volume issue and it doesn't hang nearly as much now. You guys should try installing it...
  25. Ari

    Treo 650 anyone use one ?

    I have one and I love that I don't have to carry a phone and a PDA separately. There are lots of useful applications available and that's a big plus. I added a Vaja case and it looks sharp!! It doesn't have WiFi built in so you can't hook up to a hotspot out of the box (there are WiFi sleds...
  26. Ari

    Stopping XP from trying to connect

    Everyone, Thanks for the tips although for some strange reason they didn't work. I beleive I've finally found the solution though. I went Control Panel> Performance and Maintenance> Administrative Tools> Services > Remote Access Auto Connection Manager> Disable. I don't understand why...
  27. Ari

    Stopping XP from trying to connect

    I used to have a wired ethernet connection going to my PC running XP Pro. I had to move things around so I now use a wireless USB adaptor instead. One annoyance is that XP keeps on thinking I don't have an internet connection and the dialer keeps on popping up when I'm surfing (I use...
  28. Ari

    Networking help

    I took the Vonage box out of the network and connected the desktop directly to the Linksys router and was up and networking in no time. The Vonage box can't be configured to not create its own subnet and its subnet can't be changed from the default .102. With the way my network is laid out...
  29. Ari

    Networking help

    That was my first suspect but the iBook still can't ping my desktop even with ZoneAlarm switched off. The iBook and the desktop share the Linksys router and the iBook connects to the internet with no problem.
  30. Ari

    Networking help

    I'm trying to get file sharing to work between my desktop PC (wired ethernet) and iBook (wireless). I've managed to build myself a pretty convoluted network and no one from tech support of the different products that I'm using can seem to figure out a solution. I'm on DSL and my DSL modem is...
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