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  1. Phil Nichols

    Questions about PROFESSIONAL (non-consumer) VHS machines

    Jesse, "Besides being well-built, I'd like a pro model because they can play the linear (non-Hi-Fi, often referred to as "normal audio") in stereo with Dolby NR. Most consumer Hi-Fi decks can only play it in mono, which has bugged me for over 20 years now. A number of tapes were released in...
  2. Phil Nichols

    VCR died worth getting new one?

    Mattias, "Too me, great VHS playback is extremly importent, because too many great movies are still only on VHS and not on DVD(or LD)." Right you are! That's why I keep my S-VHS/VHS system tuned up and in my HT system. I'd keep LD equipment around too if I had it.
  3. Phil Nichols

    VCR died worth getting new one?

    "It's quite a nice VCR, but the picture quality isn't quite as good as my Mitsubishi HR-S770" Ummmm ............ the only VCR I've ever heard that could match or perhaps very slightly best the R1000 was the professional Pany AG1980 that sported a retail of ~$1800. (The R1000 retailed for...
  4. Phil Nichols

    VCR died worth getting new one?

    "But for HT a good VCR (yes I said it) is important." I agree 100%. I actually have a pretty good HT DVD system but nevertheless am not replacing many of my widescreen VHS movies because they appear so good through my system from this Sony VCR. I even have some Super VHS commercial movies...
  5. Phil Nichols

    VCR died worth getting new one?

    Steve Berger, I'm using a Sony SLV-R1000 SVHS prosumer VCR that puts out spectacular VHS images that almost equal my best SAT channels in PQ quality. No noise to speak of, no jitter, licensed Faroudja built-in digital sine filtering, and superlative FM stereo sound. What's you opinion of...
  6. Phil Nichols

    Pioneer 510HD with RP91 v/s DVB318

    Tim, I responded to your same post with my 2 cents worth over on the AVS DVD Players forum. :)
  7. Phil Nichols

    So who still has a VCR in their entertainment center?

    Nathan_R, "....quite frankly I'm happy I don't have to sit through forced trailers and pointless animated menus." I just found out on another forum how to stop this with most DVDs: When the first DVD screen comes on (after the FBI screen) hit stop twice then hit run. The DVD then starts...
  8. Phil Nichols

    So who still has a VCR in their entertainment center?

    Mattias_ka, Interesting setup and comments related to your continued use of a VCR! I assume you feed your VCR into the Crystalio for upscaling/processing before feeding the CRT projector? How do your VCR images look after this treatment? I get some pretty good viewing from my R1000...
  9. Phil Nichols

    So who still has a VCR in their entertainment center?

    I guess I'm about the only one left here who actually use a VCR for commercial prerecorded movies! I know, Iknow .... insane. I use a 20lb Sony SLV-R1000 pro VCR (with Nordost S-Video cabling) for VHS and S-VHS OAR movies in my collection that I can't see replacing with DVD. Some are not...
  10. Phil Nichols

    dvi, hdmi players not for crt?

    Chuck, '....what could possibly make a DVD player worth 1K these days? You would have to be crazy to pay that much for such a machine. Methinks it is probably pointed at those with egos just as big as the price." I assume you saw my post above on analog audio and video? Re even analog...
  11. Phil Nichols

    dvi, hdmi players not for crt?

    Seth, "There's nothing stopping someone from making a good sub $200 DVD player. All you would need is a properly programmed Genesis/Sage/Faroudja chip and a DVI...." Of course you're not going to get good analog sound out of an El Cheapo player. Some of us don't use A/V's as we go direct...
  12. Phil Nichols

    dvi, hdmi players not for crt?

    ChrisWiggles, You reminded me that on my Elite RPTV I do have a pure RGBHV input that is left alone all the way to the guns. I've tried it once for HD from my DISH STB, but no image adjustment is permitted by the RPTV. I wonder how this would look for DVD's?? Interesting idea. I don't use...
  13. Phil Nichols

    dvi, hdmi players not for crt?

    Eric, "How to spot a weak argument:" Interesting list, but I wonder if it's academically sound? Now about how a matching list of "How to make a strong argument:" - without consistingly only of the usual stuff such as: - "the scientific method" - "facts/facts/facts" -...
  14. Phil Nichols

    dynamic range compression?

    You guys may not want to take your ears too much for granted. I have my HT audio-calibrated at 75dB but rarely run it that loud regardless of the DVD's inherent dynamic range. Tinitus (ringing) started up in my left ear about 3 years ago, it won't go away, and it's no fun. The only cause I...
  15. Phil Nichols

    Onkyo DV-SP1000 vs Apex AD7701

    MannyE, How "universal" do you want to be? Are you willing to settle for DVD-A audio and forego SACD?? If you, why not at least consider a world class used DVD player to "get you by" for as long as you keep standard DVDs in your collection. One of the finest players ever built (without...
  16. Phil Nichols

    2910 Vs. 2900

    Denon (marketing?) has done IMHO confusing and dumb things with their DVD player higher end numbering. Do you remember their chronological player releases, i.e.: - The 4800? - Then the 2800? - Then the 2800 MKII? - Then the 9000? - Then the 3800? - Then the 5900? - Then the...
  17. Phil Nichols

    2910 Vs. 2900

    Eric, "3910 is the successor to the 2900." You might want to recheck the Secret's writup on the 3910. It is the successor to the 3800, not the 2900.
  18. Phil Nichols

    opinions on my "soon to be" set up

    jerry, "DVD: Toshiba SD-3960 (kind of funny, all this expensive stuff and then a cheap dvd player but i guess i just want to "get by" until blue-ray comes out)" Do you have a substantial library of DVDs? If you do, you may want to continue viewing them at the best they can be well into the...
  19. Phil Nichols

    best cables to use with vcr's???

    William, The posts above are correct in that an S-VHS player would provide better VHS playback, especially since an S-VHS VCR would allow you to use an S-Video cable to feed your display for regular VHS tapes and S-VHS tapes. I have an over-the-top S-VHS VCR setup with cabling as good as...
  20. Phil Nichols

    video DAC question

    FYI, the chroma bug does not come from the deinterlacing process. The chroma bug comes from the decoder IC's processing. Si or Faroudja deinterlacing is not related to the chroma upsampling error. :emoji_thumbsup:
  21. Phil Nichols

    video DAC question

    Yes ...... but the video DAC's (ADI?) in the Denons are only 12-bit. There is a 14-bit 216MHz video DAC (ADI?) available and in some DVD players. Check the Onkyo -> maybe it uses this ultimate video DAC. Note that the discontinued/over-looked/under-appreciated Denon 9000 had 14-bit 108Mhz...
  22. Phil Nichols

    Ok, no holds barred, no price limit, what is the absolute best DVD player out there?

    Jim, "Lirpa labs DVD 7000" Just curious ....... any idea what patents Professor Lirpa holds on deinterlacing algorithms? Are it's video DAC's at least 14-bits/216MHz units using 8X progressive oversampling and NSV technology to eliminate all video noise? Is the 7000's video...
  23. Phil Nichols

    Ok, no holds barred, no price limit, what is the absolute best DVD player out there?

    "The sky is the limit with price, you can spend 6 figures on a Teranex..." I've seen a +$100k Teranex throwing a 30 foot 1080 progressive screen image via a huge front projector - Star Wars I originating from some lowly DVD player. Spectacular is the only word ... but is this...
  24. Phil Nichols

    more info on CD upsampling...please

    Chu, I believe there is some clarification required here, IMHO. "Prediction and noise shaping are done which alters the noise floor of the signal by moving it to higher frequencies which can then be removed by a run of the mill analog filter. Moreover, high quality reconstruction and...
  25. Phil Nichols

    more info on CD upsampling...please

    I suspect that Denon's "AL24 Plus" treatment of CD audio is doing something like that, but so far I haven't been able to locate a white paper on their AL24 technology. I know it raises CD sound to imulate 24 bits which supposedly yields a more "analog sound" to CD's. State of the art video...
  26. Phil Nichols

    DVD-Audio bass management

    If you want to put speakers in certain positions due to room logistics, then you must perform time alignment of the signals (relative to the listening position) electronically via delay circuits somewhere in your system.........and if you want to put speakers in certain positions due to room...
  27. Phil Nichols

    DVD-Audio bass management

    It's important that a careful distinction is made between time alignment and level matching. They are not the same of course, but some posts above may seem confusing regarding these two issues. You need SM (speaker management) that offers time alignment separate and distinct from level matching...
  28. Phil Nichols

    JVC HM-DH30000U for $160 should I get it?

    Mattias_ka, "On the subject, you should get the player. What is 160$ today? Nothing." You are correct.....shopping today for a "good" new player you will find nothing. I even had a new JVC 9600 for one week before I returned it as basically junk. How about a used professional deck off...
  29. Phil Nichols

    JVC HM-DH30000U for $160 should I get it?

    Rachael, Back in the 90's what S-VHS deck were you using? As you know I have the R1000 and I do not 'notice' any color loss with commercial S-VHS movies (Indy Jones in OAR widescreen is a spectacular PQ reference commercial S-VHS flick.) or in my recording off DISH channels starting with...
  30. Phil Nichols

    Any awesome VCR's on the market?

    Da! Da! .... It's been a long week already! I just wasn't connecting the dots today. Of course you mean the 1080i HiDef digital movies that JVC pioneered with their new line of players starting a couple of years ago that everybody loves to hate until the real cahoona (HD-DVD) comes out! I...
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