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  1. MichaelDDD

    Wall-mounting rear-ported speakers? Plug the port?

    My L/R speakers are Axiom M22's http://www.axiomaudio.com/m22-bookshelf-speakers They are rear-ported. They have the ability to be wall-mounted using a bracket Axiom sells, which puts the rear of the speaker/port 2" from the wall. Axiom sells custom port plugs for the oddly-shaped (but...
  2. MichaelDDD

    Flat black paint for the room vs. all other colors

    After many years of waiting I'm finally getting a dedicated HT room. The room is 17'D x 21'W x 9'H and has total light control. There are windows, but they will be covered with blackout drapes. I've gotten the green light to paint it whatever color I want (Did NOT see that coming!). Now, we...
  3. MichaelDDD

    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    Thanks for actually clicking and reading my thread; I know this is an old question but bear with me. I have built a screen before with blackout cloth over a wood frame, but it was a smaller size than what I'm looking to do now. Basic Facts/Assumptions: Throw distance is 15 feet (+/- a foot)...
  4. MichaelDDD

    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    Hi all, After many years, I'm finally getting a dedicated AV room and need to start over with my processing/amplification since my old Denon AVR-3803 is now doing easy 5.1 duty in the family room. SpongeBob and Paw Patrol in glorious simulated 5.1 isn't all it's cracked up to be, but we roll...
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    New DVD player under $250?

    Hello all, My Samsung P-421 is getting picky lately; it skips/freezes up on certain DVDs that play fine on my PC's DVD-rom. It's had this problem since new, (2+ years ago) but has gotten worse lately. Thinking of buying a new DVD player. Suggestions for under $250 (real price, not...
  6. MichaelDDD

    How to mount LCD monitor on wall? "VESA standard?"

    I purchased a cheapie 15" LCD to support my HTPC; i.e. when I want to play MP3s, I can navigate thru the LCD and not have to turn on the main display, which in my case is a projector. In the instructions it says "Supports removeable base and VESA standard mounting arm for wall mounting." I...
  7. MichaelDDD

    *PICS!* DIY projection screen

    I've completed the screen for my FP/PJ HT. :) I didn't save all my receipts, but total cost (not including time, obviously) was about $120, give or take $10. A comparably-sized, commercially purchased screen can easily run $500 or more. My screen is 95% as good as theirs for 1/5th the price...
  8. MichaelDDD

    *LOTS OF PICS* Flexy rack is done...finally!

    Hello everyone, I finished the flexy rack last night and took some pics. My camera has a hideously bright flash...nothing I can do about that. In person, you don't see any funny "look" to the edges. Anyway, here are the pics...I'll post some construction notes at the end so that others may...
  9. MichaelDDD

    Bluejeanscable component cable: Which one to get?

    I need to order a 50-foot component cable from Bluejeans. It will connect the receiver to the projector. I'm not sure which to get though; the 7710 or the 1694 or the 1505. :confused: Whatever I get, I want them to look like this: Three cables inside one bundle, terminated in...
  10. MichaelDDD

    How much does it cost to build a 36" Flexy Rack? I know! *pics* (tips & some notes)

    Well, I was hoping to stay under $100 and I did. I just got back from Home Depot. I purchased all the materials needed, except the acorn nuts for the top of the rods, which they didn't have...darn small towns! Anyway, here you go! Also, I'd read that finding the rubber washers...
  11. MichaelDDD

    What happened to the DIY projection screen threads?

    I searched but found nothing. About 9 months ago there were several excellent threads on building your own screen. I'd like to peruse them. Looking to build a 72" to 84" diagonal, 16:9 screen.
  12. MichaelDDD

    Size of shelves for flexy rack?

    After almost a year, I'm finally getting around to building a flexy rack for my gear. (Life has a funny way of delaying our little projects, doesn't it? :rolleyes:) I'm thinking of 22"w x 18"d. Haven't decided on 5/8 or 3/4" allthread yet. The rack will be 4 feet tall, 5 or 6 shelves. Oh, the...
  13. MichaelDDD

    Projectors: Relationship b/t Lumens and Contrast Ratio?

    What's the relationship b/t Lumens and Contrast Ratio, when talking about projectors? I know that: Lumens = Candlepower; how bright the picture is Contrast Ratio = diff b/t blackest blacks and brightest whites But how are they inter-related? I've noticed PJs costing $XYZ that have a...
  14. MichaelDDD

    SVS PB2-Plus: Very happy with it!

    Notice I didn't say "review?" Those expecting full RTA measurements done with a $12,000 OmniAudioScope 5200A will be sorely disappointed. ;) Yeah, I thought about posting my seat-of-the-pants analysis done with the same two dozen movies that everyone else has done the same thing with and I...
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    If I retune my PB2-Plus, do I have to recalibrate the sub (db level)?

    Been thinking of playing around with tuning. I currently have it set to 20Hz w/one plug and the lowpass set at 20Hz. Thinking of plugging another port and lowering the tuning to 16Hz; in my apt, I'll never be able to explore the "upper SPL limits" of this thing anyway, so I might as well...
  16. MichaelDDD

    Pics of my HT

    Hello everyone, After almost a year of buying and waiting and more buying and waiting, it's done. I still have to put the glass doors on the EC, but I couldn't wait to take pics. If there are any pics you'd like me to take, I'll do that. These are general pics...what I'd want to see about...
  17. MichaelDDD

    Denon 3803 - diff subwoofer levels for diff sources?

    I've read the manual, but couldn't find anything. I calibrated to 85db using the Avia disc. Movies are great. But when playing CDs or the radio, the sub level is way too low. I'd rather not have to manually change the sub level everytime I change sources. Is there some way to set diff...
  18. MichaelDDD

    3803 calibration - shut the tones off, but still be able to change levels?

    I'm trying to get everything calibrated. Got my Rat Shack SPL meter on a tripod and all is dandy. I want to calibrate to 85db using Avia, but the only way to get to the "set channel levels" screen on the 3803 is to let the receiver play it's OWN tones. Is there a way to turn the tones off...
  19. MichaelDDD

    3803 very little output! Help!

    FIXED! I AM DUMB. SEE MY REPLY, TWO DOWN. __________________________________________________ ___ I finally got everything hooked up. Spent ALL DAY today hooking stuff up, wiring correctly etc. Here's the setup: Denon 3803 Axiom M22ti (front) VP150 (center) QS8 surrounds The problem...
  20. MichaelDDD

    How much breathing room does a PB2-Plus need? (how close to wall?)

    Well, there it is. My pride and joy; finally out of it's box after almost 8 months of confinement. :emoji_thumbsup: As you can see, I've got it in the corner...for now. It's about 12" from the right wall and about 8" from the rear wall. Is this enough room? How close can the ports be to the...
  21. MichaelDDD

    Anyone connect their DirecTV tuner right to the receiver via S-Video?

    This is what I'm considering doing. I have DirecTV (never had it before..always cable). The Hughes DirecTV reciever happens to have an S-Video and RCA audio outputs. :) I'm planning on going out of those inputs right into the inputs on my 3803. In theory, this would provide a way better...
  22. MichaelDDD

    I got my surrounds mounted! (with pics!)

    Yes, my life is small and meaningless until my household goods get here; my TV is in there, darnit! So, I'm hooking up what I can, little by little. Yesterday, I got my QS-8s mounted and wired up. As you guys know, hanging surrounds is a PITA. You've got to ensure that you don't mount...
  23. MichaelDDD

    Should I use the rubber bumpers b/t the speakers and the stands?

    Hey guys, I finally moved into my apartment!!! I'm in the process of setting up my gear...can't do much as my TV and DVD player wont' be here for two weeks...gotta love military moves. Anyway... I have a pair of Axiom M22TI's and I built some stands for them. The stands have spikes that...
  24. MichaelDDD

    Flexy rack for 160 pound TV - doubled 3/4" shelves and 3/4" rods?

    Hi all, Until I can save up enough for the Hitachi RPTV of my dreams, my 32" Sony will have to do. :b The entertainment center it's in has gotten old...it's been moved a lot and is getting wobbly. Aside from that, I want to make a separate rack for the AV gear. Anyway, the TV weighs...
  25. MichaelDDD

    Do you use banana plugs for your speakers?

    At the speaker? At the receiver? Both? I can't decided whether purchasing 14 pairs of them would be a waste of money or not. I don't change speakers often, I don't move my speakers. In fact...I've never had a bare wire come loose from a binding post. I think I just answered my own...
  26. MichaelDDD

    3/8" or 1/2" spikes on my speaker stands?

    I'm building a set of stands for my Axiom M22ti bookshelves. The stands are (will be) 24" tall. I have "normal" carpet and padding. Nothing shag-ruggish or anything like that. I don't know which spikes I should use though. Why the difference in diameter? To compensate for heavier stands...
  27. MichaelDDD

    Can an RPTV picture be as good as a direct-view CRT?

    *sigh* This is not getting any easier. Just when I thought I had my mind set on a good ($2K) RPTV, "the nagging doubts" came back. Many online dealers all have the warning labels on their product pages about "burn in" and "caution against static images" and such. Also, I know how good a...
  28. MichaelDDD

    Recommend RPTV under $2K.

    Hi all. I've decided; my next TV will be an RPTV. The budget is $2K, $USD. I know comparatively little about RPTVs; I know Toshiba/Hitachi/Mitsubishi make very good ones...that's about it. Aside from what inputs a set has and buzzwords like 3D Digital Comb Filter, most of the important facts...
  29. MichaelDDD

    Switch all video thru receiver - to switch or not? That's the question.

    Getting ready to order some cables from BlueJeans. Want to know how many sets to order. Ergo this thread. My next receiver will the the Denon 3803, which does video-upconversion as well as component switching. I plan on having the following video sources all connected to the receiver, and...
  30. MichaelDDD

    Flexy rack with 3/4" rod. What size to drill the holes?

    I want to build a flexy rack. I've never done one before, and I want to make SURE it doesn't weeble, wobble or fall down. I'm going straight for 3/4" rod. *grunt noises* It's going to be a five or six-shelf unit...four-five feet high. What size holes do I drill in the shelves? One-inch...
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