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  1. Chris T. Kennedy

    Do HDTVs "filter" low res video somehow? (See pics)

    Hey everyone. I know I am not alone in this, and I would like some terms or explanations (or both) from anyone that can provide them. I appreciate anything you can share. I have a hobby of collecting video game systems from nearly every era. I have done some video modifications on a few of...
  2. Chris T. Kennedy

    Explanation of "vertical banding" on TV screen?

    Hello, Could somebody explain to me what is wrong (technically) with a device when it outputs analog video with vertical "bars" such as those indicated by arrow #1 in this example: vertical bars These bars are static - they don't move when the image is on the screen. Doesn't look like...
  3. Chris T. Kennedy

    PS3 Update 1.5 Available

    Guys - I don't own a PS3 (yet). I am considering it for various reasons which I will not go into. Since I do not own one and don't know anyone within driving distance that has one, I have not dealt with flashing the firmware on a PS3. However, let me ask a few questions and offer the slim...
  4. Chris T. Kennedy

    Odd Movie Poster sizes from a theater

    Thanks to both of you. I appreciate your input. mylan - what type/brand of flat black spray paint did you use? The only spray paint I have right now is...Testors for model kits. Ha! I imagine that I can easily pick up some if I make a trip to Michaels to get that frame, but I was wondering if...
  5. Chris T. Kennedy

    Odd Movie Poster sizes from a theater

    Hey all - I had the opportunity to walk away from a movie theater with one of their posters (score!). I get home and measure it...and ... The dimensions are roughly 36 x 27.25ish (huh?) Is this in any way a normal size? I didn't buy it from some seedy online seller with a sub-par website...
  6. Chris T. Kennedy

    Has anyone framed Laserdisc covers for HT decoration?

    I ended up picking up some LP frames from Michael's that cost all of $4.99 each. They are designed to hold double albums as well as your average single LP album. They seem to work fine for Laserdiscs as well.
  7. Chris T. Kennedy

    Has anyone framed Laserdisc covers for HT decoration?

    I'm thinking about framing some Laserdisc covers and hanging them on the wall. Anyone do this? What did you frame? My main question is - what frame did you use? It seems to me that you could waltz into a Hobby Lobby and Michaels and buy those frames for LPs, but perhaps there is a slight size...
  8. Chris T. Kennedy

    Different speakers for movies vs music - thinking about RF-7s

    Hey all. I picked up a Klipsch RC-7 to replace my long time "got me all the way through college and more" Cerwin Vega back in July. Obviously there is quite a difference. Now only the front L/R remain as the ones needing to be replaced before the HT is officially in version 2.0. That said...
  9. Chris T. Kennedy

    Center too edgy? Static? Break-in....

    Hey all - Back in July, I picked up a Klipsch RC7 center channel for my HT. I have it hooked up to a Panasonic XR-70 Receiver + S97 DVD player. I am not quite sure if perhaps I am going insane, but I *think* I sometimes hear static during loud sequences (even at low volumes) on movies...
  10. Chris T. Kennedy

    Describe artifacts from bad component cables

    Hi Bob. Laaaate response from me, but I wanted to mention that I picked up the Hitachi 57S715 (CRT RPTV). I am currently using the HDMI cable for DVD & using the bluejeanscable component for Xbox.
  11. Chris T. Kennedy

    Describe artifacts from bad component cables

    Done. I have heard a lot of people mentioning Blue Jeans around here, and your write-up (which I appreciate!) pushed me to the edge. I have a set of component cables which pretty much has artifacts similar to what you described above. The wiring flops around as if it was a lamp cord. I...
  12. Chris T. Kennedy

    Describe artifacts from bad component cables

    So what sort of visual issues are you going to have using component cables that suck compared to those that are high end? (When running an HD signal, btw) Have any of you dealt with the need to make a "cable upgrade?" Please share your knowledge. Thanks!
  13. Chris T. Kennedy

    What would you do in this situation?

    Shane, where did you get your Ixos cables? And - did you use their official game cables or did you get the X-box HD pack and then just replace those cables with the Ixos ones? I want to run a high quality HD signal as well as optical sound out from the X-box. I have this little budget HD box...
  14. Chris T. Kennedy

    Official Panasonic DVD-S97 Specs (Faroudja is back!)

    Yeah how long until they update that thing, anyway? :)
  15. Chris T. Kennedy

    Decoding improvements - 1998 Receiver vs 2004 DVD Player

    I don't know. I think the high-end range is pretty large. Denon pushes up to and past the $1000 barrier, but why? There are other DVD players in the $300+ range that use some of the same video chips. So I would see low/mid/high as: [----][--------][------------------------------------]+...
  16. Chris T. Kennedy

    Official Panasonic DVD-S97 Specs (Faroudja is back!)

    Does anyone have any updates on this? New news? Anyone else pick up the S97. I am due for an upgrade and am considering it ...but I am concerned about the macroblocking issue. I am going to run it on a CRT RPTV (most likely with HDMI) but am hesitant to pull the trigger. The fact that the...
  17. Chris T. Kennedy

    Decoding improvements - 1998 Receiver vs 2004 DVD Player

    Oh yes. I will definitely pick it up based on the video quality - however I will probably be buying a fairly high-end player, so I was wondering what the possibilities were.
  18. Chris T. Kennedy

    Decoding improvements - 1998 Receiver vs 2004 DVD Player

    Hey everyone. I just recently upgraded my television and plan on upgrading my DVD player because of that. (My current DVD player lacks progessive scan) My question now is - Is it possible that a DVD player of today (Of the ~$300 range) which has audio decoding built in will do a better job...
  19. Chris T. Kennedy

    HDMI DVD output to RPTV worth it? I need a new DVD player

    Yeah. Those shootout guys are pretty cool. Macroblocking is apparently something I am not a big fan of. (Now I have a term to go with it) Is this a "sucks all the time" item, a "sucks some of the time" item or a "sucks in some incarnations of X DVD player (but not all of that model)" item...
  20. Chris T. Kennedy

    HDMI DVD output to RPTV worth it? I need a new DVD player

    Wow. That DVD shootout provides some excellent breakdowns of the players. The "explanation page" is done very well. Elinor - I am beginning to think that DVD-Audio and SACD are things that I would say "oh cool" if the player I am buying has them....and then never use them. I have browsed the...
  21. Chris T. Kennedy

    50"-60" CRT RPTV w/ 720p @ ~$2000. Is it really that hard?

    Thanks, matt-f. I went ahead and created a new thread in the Audio/Video area for the DVD and quoted your take on DVD players in the first post. I hope you don't mind. http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=218559
  22. Chris T. Kennedy

    HDMI DVD output to RPTV worth it? I need a new DVD player

    Hey all. I bought an Hitachi 57S715 this past weekend, and it will be delivered to my new apt in about 15 days (because I have to move in first). I am upgrading from a trusty old Philips Magnavox 27" television - I have been using the S-video connection from my Sony DVP-C650D DVD player...
  23. Chris T. Kennedy

    50"-60" CRT RPTV w/ 720p @ ~$2000. Is it really that hard?

    Thanks, matt-f. So ISF calibration is really worth it? ~$300. The question I have now is - What DVD player should I get? :) I have a pretty nice Sony 5 disc changer, however it came out before progressive scan hit mainstream. I thought the jump would be easy - simply go to a DVD player...
  24. Chris T. Kennedy

    50"-60" CRT RPTV w/ 720p @ ~$2000. Is it really that hard?

    I appreciate all of the information everyone has given. I ended up going with the 57S715 & this decision was mostly based on price (after narrowing it down to a few of the sets mentioned in here). I am moving and currently financing a car, so trimming here and there helps out. Of...
  25. Chris T. Kennedy

    50"-60" CRT RPTV w/ 720p @ ~$2000. Is it really that hard?

    I went out looking today and didn't have much luck finding Hitachis. There are plenty of Mitsubishis, Sonys and Toshibas...but not may Hitachis. The only one I found was the F500 - 57" for about $1800 at circuit city. Whatever they had hooked up to it had compression issues as there was quite...
  26. Chris T. Kennedy

    50"-60" CRT RPTV w/ 720p @ ~$2000. Is it really that hard?

    Haha. Okay! :D Where? How much?
  27. Chris T. Kennedy

    50"-60" CRT RPTV w/ 720p @ ~$2000. Is it really that hard?

    Hmmm. Well I have an X-box & would like to get it to look as best I can. So what do you guys think? I mean is sticking with the current traditional 540p/1080i just fine? Or in other words - how much more do you have to pay to get a say...57" set that does 720p as compared to one that does not?
  28. Chris T. Kennedy

    50"-60" CRT RPTV w/ 720p @ ~$2000. Is it really that hard?

    Ahh yes - that is what had me saying "Hmmmm" when I looked into it in depth a few days ago. I noticed that the PDF files (for the Hitachi models I was viewing) mentioned 540p/1080i native modes and then had a seperate section for compatible video inputs (which mentioned 720p). Jerome Grate -...
  29. Chris T. Kennedy

    50"-60" CRT RPTV w/ 720p @ ~$2000. Is it really that hard?

    Interlaced was antiquated from the day it was created. I am definitely a progressive dude, myself. :) Thanks guys. RichP - Which model Toshiba TV do you have? matt-f - Which model Hitachi TV do you have? Haha. Those are both brands that I am considering & Hitachi has recently gone up...
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