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  1. Joe Pick

    HD cable quality good and bad during the same broadcast (sports)?

    While watching sports, sometimes I've noticed that the HD quality is great during some shots (closeups) and near horrible at other times (wide shots of an entire field). Can anyone explain why? I'm watching Cowboys vs. Browns now and am noticing this big time now.
  2. Joe Pick

    Is it bad to choose 1080p for a BD player on a TV that's not 1080p?

    I have a 50" Panasonic plasma (TH-50PX75U with 1366x768 [720p] native resolution) and the Panny BD30 Blu-ray player. The setup allows me to choose 1080p on the BD30 player. Since my plasma is 768p, would selecting 1080p be a bad thing? Would it be a better or worse choice than choosing 1080i or...
  3. Joe Pick

    BD30 HDMI resolution, speaker setup choices

    I have a Panasonic TH-50PX75U plasma with 1366 x 768 Resolution, and the Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-ray player. If I choose "Auto" on the HDMI resolution setting on the BD30, how do I know what resolution the player has selected? Because my plasma is 1366 x 768, I never know whether to choose 720p...
  4. Joe Pick

    Does a 768p plasma look best with 720p or 1080i?

    What's the most optimal video resolution setting for a Panasonic TH-50PX75U? It's native resolution is 1366x768 and it always says (720p in parenthesis). I have a Motorola cable box and an Oppo 981 DVD player, and I can choose 1080i or 720p with both. The TV is 50" and I sit about 9.5 feet away...
  5. Joe Pick

    I want to listen to audio while plasma is off with Onkyo AVR using HDMI

    I just bought a new Onkyo TX-SR705, and I have a question. I have an Oppo DVD player and a HD cable box connected to the receiver via HDMI, and then an HDMI cable out to my Panasonic plasma. The TV's speakers are off, and audio is not passed out to the TV's speakers from the 705. When I'm...
  6. Joe Pick

    Onkyo AVR "Speaker Impedance" confusion

    Hello. I have a question on impedance. I have the following PSB Image speakers. 5T (2), C40, 2B (2). I have an Onkyo AVR (TX-SR703), and I can choose either 4 or 6 ohms for the impedance setting, and I'm confused as to which one to choose. From my Onkyo owner's manual: "4 ohms: Select if...
  7. Joe Pick

    Confused about (PSB) speaker impedance settings

    Hello. I have a question on impedance. I have the following PSB Image speakers. 5T (2), C40, 2B (2). I have an Onkyo AVR (TX-SR703), and I can choose either 4 or 6 ohms for the impedance setting, and I'm confused as to which one to choose. From my Onkyo owner's manual: "4 ohms: Select if...
  8. Joe Pick

    Audio connectivity options - Analog or optical?

    I'm thinking of getting a new HD DVD player (the Toshiba HD-A2 or A20, or A3/A30), and I currently have an Onkyo AVR that does not have HDMI. I plan to connect the player to my Panasonic plasma using HDMI for the video, and using either 5.1 analog or digital optical to my Onkyo for the audio...
  9. Joe Pick

    5.1 analog vs optical audio on next-gen players?

    I'm thinking of getting a new HD DVD or BluRay player, and I currently have an Onkyo AVR that does not have HDMI. I plan to connect the player to my Panasonic plasma using HDMI for the video, and using either 5.1 analog or digital optical to my Onkyo for the audio. Which route would sound...
  10. Joe Pick

    How will HDDVD or BluRay quality look on a 720p plasma?

    Hi. I have a 50" Panasonic plasma (TH-50PX75U with 1366x768 [720p] native resolution) and an upconverting DVD player from Oppo. If I get into the next generation of players, will the image quality look THAT much better than what my Oppo can do (using HDMI)? I only ask because the focus seems...
  11. Joe Pick

    How will HD DVD quality look on a 720p plasma?

    I have a 50" Panasonic plasma (TH-50PX75U with 1366x768 [720p] native resolution) and an upconverting DVD player from Oppo. If I get into the next generation of players, will the image quality look THAT much better than what my Oppo can do (using HDMI)? I only ask because the focus seems to be...
  12. Joe Pick

    PSB Subsonic 6 rattling and huge bursts of air

    Hello. I have a PSB Subsonic 6 (not the 'i' model), and I have questions about it. When I get good bass coming out of it, the screen/grill has an audible rattle or clicking, although there are no broken or cracked plastic pieces on it. Also, since it rattles, I removed the grill, and now during...
  13. Joe Pick

    Your opinion - do I have good speakers (PSB)?

    Weird question, I know, but I'm having trouble understanding and adjusting the equalization of my speakers using my Onkyo AVR. That's another thread. After fiddling for 2 days, I wondered - do I have "good" speakers? I was thinking of the Definitive ProCinema 1000 to replace what I have, but I'm...
  14. Joe Pick

    Onkyo AVR manual EQ settings?

    I sure hope someone can help. I have an Onkyo TX-SR703 AVR connected to PSB Image Series speakers (5T left and right, C40 center, 2B surrounds). I've done the speaker calibration with the included setup mic, but my center speaker's tone sounds audibly quite different from the left and right...
  15. Joe Pick

    How "good" is my home theater?

    I know this may seem silly, but I'm trying to identify any weak parts of my system, that I've been building over the past few years. There are times where the sound just doesn't seem as good as it should be. For many DVDs, I have to turn up the center channel volume for decent dialog. Is that...
  16. Joe Pick

    Speaker impeadence settings for my Onkyo AVR

    Hi. I'm confused on the Speaker Impeadence setting on my Onkyo TX-SR703. My choices are 4 or 6 ohms. The Onkyo manual says: "If the impedance of any speaker is 4 ohms or more but less than 6, set the Minimum Speaker Impedance to 4 ohms." My PSB 5T, C40 and 2B speakers have a Nominal...
  17. Joe Pick

    HDMI settings for cable box output to plasma?

    I have a 37" Panasonic plasma with a resoltuion of 720p. The HDMI output on my Comcast HD/PVR box gives me HDMI output options of 720p or 1080i. Should I choose 720p because that's the resolution of the TV? When I asked Comcast, they told me to set it at 1080i, although it wasn't "officially...
  18. Joe Pick

    Comcast HD set top box setup question

    I have a 37" Panasonic plasma with a resoltuion of 720p. The HDMI output on my Comcast HD/PVR box gives me HDMI output options of 720p or 1080i. Should I choose 720p because that's the resolution of the TV? When I asked Comcast, they told me to set it at 1080i, although it wasn't "officially...
  19. Joe Pick

    Is it bad to leave a subwoofer on all the time?

    Is it bad to leave a subwoofer on all the time? Mine (PSB Subsonic 6) doesn't have an "auto off". Is it OK to leave it on all the time, or should I connect it to my AVR so the sub turns on when the AVR is switched on? Thanks.
  20. Joe Pick

    How do I connect a rear surround speaker to an Onkyo TX-SR703?

    How do I connect a rear surround speaker to an Onkyo TX-SR703 for 6.1 surround sound? Looking at the back, a 7.1 setup seems pretty obvious, but since there is a L and R surround speaker post, how would I go about connecting ONE rear surround speaker?
  21. Joe Pick

    Upgrade speakers or stand pat?

    I don't know what my problem is. This year, I've purchased a Panasonic plasma and an Onkyo A/V receiver and an Oppo DVD player. All of a sudden, my speakers are the oldest part of my setup, at about 5 years old. My current speaker setup is PSB Image 4Ts in front, PSB Image 2Bs as surrounds, a...
  22. Joe Pick

    Sub and receiver settings - not sure on a couple

    I have an Onkyo TX-SR703 A/V, which is connected to a 5.1 setup of PSB Image speakers, including a SubSonic subwoofer. On the sub, I've read instructions, but I'm wondering if someone can give me a "ballpark" idea for the "Sub Cut-Off Frequency" and "Phase Control" settings. Right now they're...
  23. Joe Pick

    Couple questions from a new plasma/HD owner

    First - My Panasonic 37" plasma (TH37PX60U) is connected to my Comcast DVR/HD box via HDMI. My options for the setup on the DVR for the display are 720p or 1080i - what's the difference between the two? I'm not sure I notice a difference. When I think I see a difference, it might be my mind...
  24. Joe Pick

    Can HDMI and optical out on a DVD player be used at the same time?

    I'm thinking of buying and connecting a Panasonic DVD-S77S to my new 37" Panasonic plasma to take advantage of upconversion. My Onkyo A/V receiver (TX-SR703) doesn't have HDMI inputs. If I connect an HDMI cable from my DVD player straight to the TV just for video, can I also connect a digital...
  25. Joe Pick

    Can I use HDMI and optical out on a DVD player at the same time?

    I'm thinking of buying and connecting a Panasonic DVD-S77S to my new 37" Panasonic plasma to take advantage of upconversion. My Onkyo A/V receiver (TX-SR703) doesn't have HDMI inputs. If I connect an HDMI cable from my DVD player straight to the TV just for video, can I also connect a digital...
  26. Joe Pick

    DVD PQ compared to HDTV on new plasma

    Is the reason my HDVT (Comcast) picture quality looks better than DVD, because I'm viewing 1080i vs. 480p? How can I improved DVD PQ? It's not bad, just not as good as HDTV. I've got a new Panasonic TH-37PX60U, an older Sony DVD player, Comcast DVR - all connected via component cables through...
  27. Joe Pick

    Component Video Cable Recommendation?

    Can anyone recommend a component video cable brand that's easy to find in stores? I need 3: DVD>receiver, Cable DVR box>receiver, Receiver>HDTV (Sony KD34XBR970). All I seem to see out there is Monster and AR. Thanks!
  28. Joe Pick

    So confused - Plasma vs CRT vs LCD?

    I have a nine-year-old Sony 32" TV in my living room, the oldest piece of an otherwise nice setup. I just got an HD DVR from Comcast, and I'm considering replacing my display, finally. I'm sure there are other threads, but if you can help me - great! I'm considering a Sony KD34XBR970 34"...
  29. Joe Pick

    Confused on a couple Onkyo TX-SR703 audio settings

    I used the set-up mic to run the speaker configuration on my Onkyo TX-SR703. I use PSB Image Series speakers and sub for my 5.1 setup, with no rear surrounds. I don't have HDTV yet, and the 703 is connected to my DVD via optical digital, to my Airport Express via digital optical, and the rest...
  30. Joe Pick

    Audio settings for a Comcast box

    I have a non-HD Comcast box (Motorola 700 Series) connected to my Onkyo 703 for TV viewing. I'm confused with what the audio settings should be. There's a light setting for compression, heavy, matrix, and so on. Anyone know what an ideal setup within the audio setup might be? Thanks!
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