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  1. John Sully

    HDTV Antennas

    I'm using the RS Catalog #: 15-1880 as mentioned in the above post. I get great results on the HDTV stations in my area (about 8 miles from the transmitters) but lousy results on SDTV, both VHF and UHF. I'll probably switch to a rooftop antenna combination sometime in the near future since I...
  2. John Sully

    Megachanger questions

    Ha, last night I was thinking that I would never be able to get my Sony/Slink-e setup going again, and I looked at the StreetFire controller. The durn thing is expensive ($750), but it does lots of nice things, including letting you rip disks from your Megachangers to a computer (this is a...
  3. John Sully

    Dish 811 Feedback

    I don't have an 811, but am interested in the quality of the upconversion. Is it better than the 6000? --John
  4. John Sully

    Sports blurrs...

    Dish does broadcast in HD. Get an 811 ($400) and enjoy, the HD tier is $9.99/mo. and you also get SHO HD and HBO HD if you get SHO and/or HBO. --John
  5. John Sully

    Sports blurrs...

    Have you looked at the HD picture on your set. What you are describing sounds like typical upconversion softness. Sports in true HD are spectacular. Spend the $$ and give it a try. --John
  6. John Sully

    All amplifiers sound alike.........

    Hey, I'm a hop head and Sierra Pale is one of my favorites. Of course right now I'm drinking a Bridgeport IPA -- a really, really good beer.
  7. John Sully

    How much will Receivers change by this fall? Next spring? Infinite time?

    I'll actually answer your question. I don't think that there will be a lot of change in surround formats in the next few years. The last really important change was DPL II and that was mostly because of what it could do for 2 channel music. The major changes in receivers will be...
  8. John Sully

    All amplifiers sound alike.........

    Well, I'll bite on the "what are you using for amplification" question. I'm currently using a Denon 3803 which I bought to replace a Denon 4802. I purchased it because it had more than enough power to run my fairly efficient Boston Acoustics speakers. I decided to purchase this amp over a...
  9. John Sully

    All amplifiers sound alike.........

    But seriously folks. A DBT is designed to measure audible differences between components by attempting to eliminate psychological biases as much as possible. The objective is to rely on the ears of the listener. The point of a DBT test is not to decide which SUT (system under test) is better...
  10. John Sully

    All amplifiers sound alike.........

    My girlfriend is hotter than your girlfriend
  11. John Sully

    denon 4802, 4802R - differences? remotes?

    A garden variety Pronto can be had for well under $300. The older TSU 1000 can be had (I understand) for around $150. The TSU 3000 (which is preferable to the 1000 or the TSU 2000) can be had for $265. Any model of Pronto is superior to the Aktis.
  12. John Sully

    denon 4802, 4802R - differences? remotes?

    Trust me, you don't want the Aktis remote. Both the Aktis which comes with the 4802 (I own one) and the newer remote which comes with the 4802R and the 3803 are less than happy clickers. The Aktis requires lots of paging to operate the amp and the RC-921 is of the "lots of little buttons all the...
  13. John Sully

    Are all DVD players equal in the department of putting digital sound to a receiver??

    There should be no differences between players as long as you are talking about a DD/DTS bitstream. I am of the opinion that there really is no difference when handling a PCM stream either, but there are many who will argue that there are "huge" differences between different players used as...
  14. John Sully

    Warning: I am addicted, you could be next! Longish.

    Support group!? You're all really just a bunch on enablers!
  15. John Sully

    Are Acoustic Research brand cables good enough for a $600 HT setup?

    In fact, I don't care if you've spent $6000 or $60000 on your system: AR cables will be just fine and you wouldn't be able to hear a single difference if you buy the silly expensive mega-mega buck cables. Just avoid pack-ins.
  16. John Sully

    Any tips/advice for living with CD mega-changers

    Get a Nirvis Slink-e. It makes dealing with a large CD collection so much easier. I'm using my laptop with a WiFi connection to a server which runs my CD changers. It allows me to select albums, create playlists, etc. very easily. It uses CDDB to fetch title and track information and can get CD...
  17. John Sully

    can I get some remote advice, MX500, Pronto Kameleon

    Well, the Pronto is a real champ in terms of IR signal strength and dispersion. If you check out the reviews over at http://www.remotecentral.com you'll find that Daniel has a test he calls the MTFB (menacing thick fluffy blanket) he has reviews of a couple members of the Pronto family and the...
  18. John Sully

    Avia or Video Essentials

    I've used the Laserdisc version of VE, the DVD version of VE and Avia. Avia has many more test patterns and much more instructional material than VE. IMHO, Avia is also somewhat easier to navigate than VE. Both are good however. Given my druthers I'd pick Avia, although I haven't looked at...
  19. John Sully

    Wow check out these fancy cables! (Uhh...)

    You forgot the "happy home". Fix your .sig. But seriously the only real problem I've had with cables is that pack-in's (you know, the really cheap stuff) can sometimes pick up CB or AM radio stations. Replacing them with decent quality (and I don't mean anything that costs more than $10 or...
  20. John Sully

    Which should I upgrade first, receiver or speakers?

    New speakers, as long as the amp has enough power to drive them. BTW, don't limit yourself to just JBL's. They do represent a good deal in today's market, but there are many other good brands out there.
  21. John Sully

    3803 or 4802R?

    Well, I just had to make this decision and I went with the 3803. I was purchased to replace a 4802 which in a moment of stupidity I blew up (it was all my fault, can't blame Denon for this failure :frowning: ) I was so happy with the performance and features of the 4802 that of course I...
  22. John Sully

    MIT interconnect cables

    Don't waste your money. All they seem to have is an HF choke in the wire, which rolls off the highs.
  23. John Sully

    is a DVI input important?

    You need to get DVI/HDCP which is the standard that the MPAA is pushing for HD DVD and more importantly as the only connection standard for future HD processor interfacing. So yes, if you are the type prone to upgraditis or if you are not going to purchase an HDTV receiver right away or if you...
  24. John Sully

    Denon 4802R info is up in Denon website.

    I was faced with this decision just recently (I blew up my 4802 -- don't ask how) and decided to spend $1000 less and got the 3803. This change just doesn't make any sense -- sounds like they couldn't get the money to do a total refresh of the 4802. Oh well. --John
  25. John Sully

    Request Feedback on: Learning Remote Touch Screen & Hard Buttons

    I'm a big Pronto fan, have been since they came out in late '98. I'm currently using a TSU 3000 (just have to have the latest and greatest) and it is a good improvement over the original. The 16 shades of grey screen is easier to read and the touchscreen is more sensitive than the original one...
  26. John Sully

    if you use a digital out on a cd player is there a sound difference between players?

    As stated previously there is a large amount of error correction built into the Redbook spec. This error correction is based on Reed-Solomon codes and is capable of exactly reconstructing a heavily degraded bitstream exactly. A fall back strategy is to interpolate missing samples if the data...
  27. John Sully

    RCA F38310 38" integrated CRT advice

    I've owned a couple of RCA sets and will never buy another RCA set. They have severe reliability problems. Never again.
  28. John Sully

    New TV- How Important is manual convergance?

    Ed, I think you need to differentiate between user mode convergence and service mode convergence. I've owned two HD sets (a Toshiba TW40X80 and a Sony KP46TW500) and I can certainly say that automatic user mode convergence is much nicer than manual user mode convergence. Even doing a...
  29. John Sully

    if you use a digital out on a cd player is there a sound difference between players?

    Oh joy, another jitter debate. Basically it comes down to this: jitter is a problem with cheap DAC's which derive their clock from the incoming signal. But it is very easy to design a DAC which uses a simple shift register to ensure that the clock is accurate and not subject to drift...