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  1. Daniel Becker

    Nervous Breakdown...

    Thats the right philosphy Neil. If something is going to happen to you it's just going to happen to you. You can't prevent it and you can't make it happen. Just live your life with the understanding that you can't control everything and you are not in control of the world. When you realize that...
  2. Daniel Becker

    Nervous Breakdown...

    I've suffered from generalized anxiety for years now. I've always been an anti med person but I have used Xanex on occasion which works very well. Some of your descriptions of Psychological disorders are very accurate and I know your pain. I have one thing for you think about today: Do you...
  3. Daniel Becker

    I'm beginning to become a "DTS GUY".

    Josh brought up some good points. I guess i'd like to make this statement. If all Dolby Digital tracks were handled with the type of care and attention that the Star Wars DVDs have I wouldn't mind if DTS disappeared all together. Thats a big if but if it was the case this discussion...
  4. Daniel Becker

    Progressive Scan vs Component

    If your not going to buy a progressive scan tv I highly recommend you get a set with the anamorphic squeeze. At the very least you'll be able to watch your movies in the highest resolution possible when using a component cable. The new Sony sets just shipped and they feature 2 component cables...
  5. Daniel Becker

    progressive scan can be done on the dvd player of the xbox

    What makes NO sense to me is that Microsoft would not have made the Xbox progressive scan able from day one. Why wouldn't they want that as another feature to sell to people when marketing their system? It just doesn't make any sense to me. I also think it's funny that companies will make up...
  6. Daniel Becker

    Getting my new tv today!

    Congratualtions! I know the fun of getting a new set as I recently got one myself. Have fun and hopefully your new one is perfect! Dan.B
  7. Daniel Becker

    Question about returning my 36" Toshiba TV back to Sears!!

    I can't remember where I read it but just recently (maybe within a week) some Sears employee was talking about this and he told a story about returning a pair of shoes some woman had bought a year prior. He said they gave her a full cash refund and all! It might have been on an after hours...
  8. Daniel Becker

    Has anyone seen a review of the "new" PS2 model with progressive scan playback?

    I'm wondering about the image quality of the new DVD drivers in progressive scan. Thanks for any help. Dan.B
  9. Daniel Becker

    What are you cleaning your screen with?

    I've use those Endust mittens that they sell in packs. They say they have NO chemicals or anything on them and they do a great job of picking up dust. Dan.B
  10. Daniel Becker

    Recommend PS2 racing games

    Yeah big thumbs up to Ace Combat 4! Best flight combat action game available. As for racing I think Burnout 2 could be the most amazing racer ever made. Seriously, if you want to play a game that makes you feel like your in the movie Fast and the Furious this is it. Just make sure to pickup...
  11. Daniel Becker

    Witnessing Mother Nature's fury

    There is no such thing as "karma". There is however a God. Just to clarify. dan.b
  12. Daniel Becker

    I'm beginning to become a "DTS GUY".

    I've already asked this question earlier in the thread but it's worth asking again. If the DTS folks are "cooking" their mixes why wouldn't Dolby counter and do the same with their mix? If there are inherantly things people like in a good mix than why not give the people that great mix in...
  13. Daniel Becker

    I'm beginning to become a "DTS GUY".

    I've got a question about this "cooked" expression thats being thrown around. Does the word "cooked" translate into "the DTS track sounds much better than the Dolby Digital track" on this board? Just wondering because that seems to be the "excuse" term when these debates flare up. Many seem to...
  14. Daniel Becker

    Question about returning my 36" Toshiba TV back to Sears!!

    I'm not saying anyone should expect the store to return the tv. I'm just saying why not try? More often than not you'll be suprised at what stores are willing to do for you. Dan.B
  15. Daniel Becker

    Question about returning my 36" Toshiba TV back to Sears!!

    I'd still try the store Kurt. Sears is usually very customer friendly and they generally want to make you happy at all costs. If you just request a new tv i'll bet they do it for you. Just be a little persistant and you'll get it done. Dan.B
  16. Daniel Becker

    I'm beginning to become a "DTS GUY".

    Recently i've aquired two dvds that gave me a very clear example of this "spaciousness" that everyone keeps mentioning in regards to DTS vs. DD. Road to Perdition and Apollo 13 are both movies with quiet as well as loud scenes and for me the difference was dramatic when comparing the DD to...
  17. Daniel Becker

    Anyone have some tips for apartment soundproofing?

    Ok, well I headed to the hardware store this weekend to find some sort of cushioning to put under my sub-woofer and I think I found the perfect thing. That didn't have any kind of rubber mat (which was my first choice) in the size I needed. However, I found a piece foam like material that they...
  18. Daniel Becker

    rptv vs. tube tv

    I agree. RPTVs can look amazing if they're calibrated, if the lighting is perfect, and if the viewer is seated in the perfect position. Of course the trade-off is you get a much bigger screen for less money. A tough choice for sure but I chose to go with a nice sized tube screen at 36" and I get...
  19. Daniel Becker

    Avia Pro $400

    Yeah, thats certainly not what you would call a "consumer friendly" price point. I hope they release some sort of mass market version that costs $50 or less. At $400 they're going to see some very low sales numbers. Dan.B
  20. Daniel Becker

    I'm beginning to become a "DTS GUY".

    Thanks Dave. I guess it just comes down to Dolby's big "strength" being that it can be very compressed and therefore take up little space on the disk. I know it's compressed and therefore sounds weakened but thats the whole benefit of DTS then. It's not as compressed! Dan.B
  21. Daniel Becker

    I'm beginning to become a "DTS GUY".

    In regards to me "contradicting myself". I'm basically saying I don't want this to become a heated debate. Yes, i'm looking for opinions but I want people to keep it civilized. I've heard previous debates have been less than civilized. It seems that whenever DD vs DTS debates arise you...
  22. Daniel Becker

    Anyone have some tips for apartment soundproofing?

    Thanks again for helpful info guys. I'm going to try to find a rubber mat of some kind this weekend. The base of my sub is probably 12X8 so it isn't too big. I also think that keeping the sub right next to the couch helps get the most "bump" out of it. So, even if it's turned down in the big...
  23. Daniel Becker

    I'm beginning to become a "DTS GUY".

    I guess I wasn't giving enough information Mark. Road to Perdition certainly isn't the first DTS disk i've heard. In fact, out of the 60+ DVDs I own I would estimate that about 20 of them have DTS tracks. So, my opinion on the DTS Vs DD debate has slowly developed. I guess I just used Road...
  24. Daniel Becker

    Can someone tell me if the PS2 version of NCAA 2004 has a widescreen option?

    I was only talking about Madden 2003 on the PS2. The PS2 version did not have a widescreen mode. I think the addition of the online play took to much processor power and they couldn't do the widescreen mode. This year they've clearly got more out of the PS2 as I picked up NCAA 2004 last night...
  25. Daniel Becker

    I'm beginning to become a "DTS GUY".

    The more DTS disks I acquire the more i'm beginning to wonder how there is any debate that DTS is better than Dolby Digital. I've only been on this board for 6-9 months now but i'm beginning to wonder just how anyone could honestly believe that DTS and DD are equals. I found a copy of Road...
  26. Daniel Becker

    Anyone have some tips for apartment soundproofing?

    Thanks for the info Terry! That sounds like a simple and great idea. The only thing that i'm concerned with though is the loss of low end if I elevate the sub from the floor. I thought i've heard the floor and room itself help to amplify the bass. Is this true? On the other hand I may be...
  27. Daniel Becker

    One more question for those who own NCAA 2004.....

    Well Paul, I do recall last years Xbox version having some brief frame rate stutters when you ran up the middle here and there. If your not really aware of framerates it was likely that you never noticed it but I certainly could tell when it happened. Dan.B
  28. Daniel Becker

    Anyone have some tips for apartment soundproofing?

    Thanks for the tips everyone. My main problem is the sub woofer on the floor. The poor guy below me must have experienced a solid hour of rumbling the other night when we watched Jurassic Park 3. That movie has some pretty serious low end. In terms of actaul sound things are ok. You can...
  29. Daniel Becker

    One more question for those who own NCAA 2004.....

    Which version do you have? I'm wondering if the slowdown is as bas as some have said? I've heard that the Xbox version has those annoying sound gliches as well as slowdown. Is this true? Also, i'd like to hear from anyone with the PS2 version if they seen any slowdown. Thanks. Dan.B
  30. Daniel Becker

    One more question for those who own NCAA 2004.....

    Last year's game had a cool little option for exhibition games where you could play your game at the current time of day. It basically had a live clock option and you'd play with whatever current lighting would be at that time. Does anyone know if this year's game has that option? Thanks...