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  1. Patrick Hannon

    Why does every Star Wars movie or series have such compressed volume???

    I have noticed that all of the recent Disney movies with Dolby Atmos have been employing Dialog Normalization. The overall volume is down by 4dB, thus sounding less robust than nearly all other Atmos movies that have long since dropped that "option". When TrueHD first started up Dialog...
  2. Patrick Hannon

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Apocalypse Now Final Cut -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    I received my copy of Apocalypse Now from the US a few days ago. I have not watched it, but I did check it out on my SONY X800. When I checked out the Dialogue Norm setting...on a Yamaha was reading as -3! (Reference, or no Dial norm, reads as +4) I have not seen any comments about...
  3. Patrick Hannon

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Jack Ryan: 5-Film Collection -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Michael: I picked up a copy the local Best Buy here...way out in NL!!! The BB web site did not show store stock for this item. It was "only" CAN$69.99...not bad as shows US$69.99. Cheers, Phannon
  4. Patrick Hannon

    UHD Review Star Wars: The Last Jedi UHD Review

    Hi guys, I just checked out my copy UHD of The Last Jedi and found the dialogue norm value to be set at +2 as shown on a Yamaha 1030. This means it is recorded 2 dB lower than the "normal" +4 for all other Atmos UHD discs I have checked.......with the exception of Thor: Ragnarok which shows a...
  5. Patrick Hannon

    My Fair Lady 50th Anniversary Edition defective second disc

    I tried the second MFL disc in my Sony booted up, asked for language choice.....then booted back to player home screen. When I tried it in my Sony 760, all was well and it played, at least for the first minute or so, without any problems. Both players have the most up to date...
  6. Patrick Hannon

    New Denon avr s910w trying to connect to Mirage BPS-150 Sub

    Do you have the sub "turned on" in the Denon menu? I do not own a Denon, only Yamaha, so I can be of no help with were to find the appropriate setting. If the sub channel is turned on, you should get a signal to the sub when you do the channel balance from the receiver tones....again I assume...
  7. Patrick Hannon

    New Denon avr s910w trying to connect to Mirage BPS-150 Sub

    The sub should work just fine with a single RCA cable running from the sub out on the receiver. It should not make any difference which input on the sub you use, there should be no need for y-adapters. Some people have used one cable from the receiver attached to a y-adapter with two male...
  8. Patrick Hannon

    One of the first Home Video prints of West Side Story

    JoshZ:Right you are....mixed up the titles while composing the message...I remember the scene of the Coast Guard cutter hitting the swells at the start of the movie. Then there was True Lies in AC-3, thought the house was going to fall down. I saw True Lies in the theatre at the time and the...
  9. Patrick Hannon

    One of the first Home Video prints of West Side Story

    Ahhhh....memories.I started way back in the day collecting VHS (at $30 - $40)each. Most all were P/S with a few (ET maybe?)letterboxed. Then came VHS Hi-Fi (cost ~$1500)and the first surround sound movie I heard at home was Romancing The Stone over a cheap $20 Haffler type arrangement! The...
  10. Patrick Hannon

    New SVS Ultra speakers now shipping

    Gene: My (now getting close to vintage, I guess) Mirage OM-6 speakers use 2 opposed 8 inch powered (sub)woofers and they sound fantastic and according to Stereophile (I think, though it was many years ago) measured very well. I find the bass to be "smooth" and as noted above more easily...
  11. Patrick Hannon

    Blu-ray Review Star Trek: The Next Generation Season One Blu-ray Review

    I did not think it would happen, but I actually received my replacement discs way out here in Newfoundland, Canada! A tip of the hat to Paramount. Usually replacements and offers from the US do not apply here....or PO Box addresses do not apply and so on. I did the e-mail option soon after it...
  12. Patrick Hannon

    Blu-ray Review Star Trek: The Next Generation Season One Blu-ray Review

    I sent off an e-mail to Paramount about the replacement discs yesterday and I received a reply within an hour or so for my information. I sent off the address and disc ID# (boy they are small numbers...especially for old eyes, but with the right lighting angle not too hard to decipher!). I live...
  13. Patrick Hannon

    Amplifier volume level

    It is most likely just the design of the volume setting control. My Yamaha has settings of -80 to +5 (my max level setting, it can go to +15 I believe). I have calibrated so that 0 corresponds to my reference level which is ~82dB using various test tones, e.g. Digital Video essentials, AVIA...
  14. Patrick Hannon

    Neil Young to release archive on BluRay disc

    I picked up the Blu-ray set yesterday and have not had a chance to listen much yet, but the 192 / 24 sounds nice so far. The only note of concern, it takes up to 5 minutes to load up a disc (five minutes of the spinning 45 rpm icon!). This using a SONY BDP-S500 with the most recent firmware (...
  15. Patrick Hannon

    7 Full Range speakers a bad thing?

    I run full range speakers all around, except for a small centre rear speaker. The L/R speakers for front (Mirage OM-6) and rear (Acoustic Research AR-9) are good down to the 20 Hz range. The front centre consists of a Boston Acoustics VR-12 and a Mirage BPS-180 subwoofer. A Mirage BPS-400...
  16. Patrick Hannon

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl Framing Issue

    Submitted the e-form on Friday, got the e-mail request for my mailing address on Monday, submitted same and then got a confirmation in the afternoon that a replacement disc will be sent out shortly.....great service (presumably from Disney Canada, if there is such an entity!) The numbers on...
  17. Patrick Hannon

    Battlestar Galactic: Season One HD DVD Packaging Woes

    I bought BSG yesterday (a week late showing up in this neck of the woods!) and on opening the package, sure enough three of the discs have the scratches....not badly scratched, but scratched none the less..... I tried one of the discs and it played OK, but maybe it did not read over the...
  18. Patrick Hannon

    Lossless audio made me go low-tech

    I was in the same position a few months ago, needing a 6 channel switching unit. I tried a number of video switchers, including a Philips HDTV (component, video and L/R) from Wal-Mart (Canada) and my Key Digital (component, digital and L/R) and another Sony switch (video, L/R). In all cases...
  19. Patrick Hannon

    SA-CD prices that are way too high

    Henry: You are correct about the prices for the hi-rez discs here in Newfoundland, they all seem to be at list price with only a few exceptions. If you look carefully in the music spots here in St. John's there are SA-CD's becomming available, the newer single inventory discs such as Steely Dan...
  20. Patrick Hannon

    ***Official Digital Video Essentials Discussion Thread***

    I picked up a copy of DVE last week and I seem to be finding the same behaviour with the audio test tones. All of my speakers are set to large (except centre surround - in 6.1)and there is an LFE only sub. All measurements were made with the RS meter mounted to a stand at the listening position...
  21. Patrick Hannon

    Marantz DP870

    Martin: I have owned a DP-870 for many years (purchaced when first on the market) and think it sounds great. Reviews were all positive for sound quality. The unit does have a good rf demodulator for LD's. Over the five or so years in my system, I have had no problems, no loss of signal or...
  22. Patrick Hannon

    Dumb Question I know, but and ISF Calibrationists in Newfoundland?

    John: I live outside St. John's (aprox. 45 minutes) and I would be interested in having my Sony 32XBR250 ISF'ed, especially to get the grey scale checked out at 6500K. P.E.Hannon
  23. Patrick Hannon

    Mirage owners

    Grahame: I own a pair of Mirage OM-6 speakers and run them from a Rotel RB-1080 200wpc amplifier. The 200wpc is not overkill in my opinion, as worst case, there is plenty of headroom available to avoid amp clipping and the problems that will create. To me, this amp sounds great and is not...
  24. Patrick Hannon

    jurrasic park box for the trilogy....anyone recieve yet?

    I received my case and extras dvd (both in good condition) about 8 weeks after submitting the form. My cheque was cashed about a week before the order arrived. P.E.Hannon
  25. Patrick Hannon

    Who is using all speakers as LARGE ?

    Brian: I have measured the bass response with the radio shack meter and a couple of test discs (Dolby Digital and CD). You can indeed feel and sense the low bass frequencies being present. Now this will not be at 120 dB but present none the less. The deep bass pedals in a number of...
  26. Patrick Hannon

    Who is using all speakers as LARGE ?

    All of my speakers, except for the rear centre, have good bass response. The main OM-6's (built in powered subs) go to ~18 Hz, the BPS-150 sub on the centre to ~27 Hz, the rear AR-9's to ~25 Hz and the LFE BPS-400 to ~16-18 Hz. As you can see I have the capability not to run all the bass to...
  27. Patrick Hannon

    What Speakers Do You Own?

    My HT system is a mixture of brands built up over many years... MAINS...Mirage OM-6 CENTRE...Boston Acoustics VR12 + Mirage BPS-150 Subwoofer SURROUNDS...Acoustic Research AR-9 (the vintage 1980's model) CENTRE SURROUND...Boston Acoustics VR910 (I believe) LFE...Mirage BPS-400 All...