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  1. Bill_Br

    Best Virtual Aquarium or Fireplace Software?

    Hi, I recently purchased a 42-inch LCD TV that a PC can be connected to. I'm looking for suggestions for the best virtual marine-life-aquarium and fireplace software (not necessarily packaged together) that can be run on a PC and will work with a wide-screen TV. Preferably, the aquarium...
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    How to Tell If HBO Movie Will Be Letterbox or Full Screen?

    Hi, I recently upgraded to an HD Digital Video Recorder (DVR) from Comcast. Included in our lineup are the HBO and Showtime HD channels. Immediately, I noticed that several of the Showtime movies are shown in letterbox, which I prefer. On the other hand, while HBO has (in my opinion) a better...
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    Comcast HD Actually 480p???

    Hi, I subscribe to Comcast Cable in Minneapolis. A few days ago, I upgraded from a Scientific Atlanta 8300 standard definition DVR to an 8300HD. No matter what HD settings I input into the DVR, the window on the front of the DVR says that the output is 480p. I could phone Comcast to ask if...
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    Can Our Non-HD Projector Access HD Cable Signals?

    Hi, The TV we use for informal viewing is hooked up to Comcast cable, but because the TV isn’t HD, I currently don’t subscribe to Comcast’s HD service. The projector we use for the home theater that we recently set up can show either DVD movies or the cable TV channels. The picture from...
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    Need Advice on Room Darkening Material

    Hi, I’m going to need some black material for curtains and other uses to minimize the reflected light in my new home theater, front projection setup. I’d like to keep the cost to a minimum. Any suggestions concerning the type of material to use (good cost to value ratio) and where to get a...
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    White or Gray Screen if Can Control Image Brightness?

    Hello, I’ve posted here before concerning my attempt to determine whether to buy a white or high-contrast gray screen. In a previous post, I mentioned that my setup will be in a basement family room, so the room can be completely darkened. The walls are a dark, simulated wood paneling, and...
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    White or Gray Screen? Would Like Input

    Hi, I need to decide whether to purchase a white or gray on-the-wall projection screen for my new home theater setup. One online source says, “We hear claims that today's high contrast DLP projectors have rendered gray screens obsolete. This is not so. It is true that high contrast projectors...
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    Anyone Get Buzz from HT-S790 by Upgrading Wires?

    Hi, A few months ago, I bought an Onkyo HT-S590 system. I immediately upgraded the speaker wires and experienced the buzz that I learned afterwards (from forums like this one) was very common with that receiver. I solved the problem by replacing a couple of the wires with the ones that came...
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    Front Projection Screen Option Shock

    Wow, how to decide which projection screen to buy for a home-theater system? For example, below are just three of many options on eBay, ranging from about $25 to $100: "Acoustically transparent screen has a gain of 1.0 and is bright white for a large viewing angle. "The most versatile...
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    How to Adjust Image for Projector Tilt?

    Hello, We have a Toshiba TDP-T91 projector that we'd like to use in a home-theater setup. If we set up the projector directly behind where we'd be sitting and had it aiming at right angles at a screen set up at eye level, well, naturally our fat heads would get in the way. Therefore, we're...
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    Is There a Better Way to Connect Speaker Wires?

    The Onkyo HT-S590 audio system that I just purchased has a lot of great features, but one problem is that it comes with very thin speaker wires. So, I swapped the supplied wires for Monster 16g wires. Unfortunately the speaker-wire push-in terminals on the back of the receiver have such small...