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  1. Steve Schaffer

    Refresh rate question

    The onscreen display on your new set is telling you what kind of signal it's getting, not what it's displaying. Nothing is wrong. Try reading the manual.
  2. Steve Schaffer

    Blu-ray on LCD TV

    The OP's set is 60hz, no frame interpolation to turn off.As a general rule, DVDs up converted by a BD player look better than when played on a standard DVD player.
  3. Steve Schaffer

    Orei BDP M2

    Thanks for being our "beta tester" on this one. I've been looking for an inexpensive way to play BD titles not available in US versions.
  4. Steve Schaffer

    Dealing With Symptoms of Vertigo

    iirc, diazepam=Valium...doesn't fix vertigo, just gets you high so you can tolerate it.If your vertigo is accompanied by hearing loss and/or ringing or a whooshing sound you may have Meneire's disease. Definitely see an ent specialist ASAP.
  5. Steve Schaffer

    Help with hot cabinet

    Reface the cabinet with louvered doors.
  6. Steve Schaffer

    LG Launches New LCD TV Styled As A CRT From The ’70s

    ^^^I once had a 19" JC Penney set with the "clicker" ultrasonic remote--I could jingle my keys to make it change channels.
  7. Steve Schaffer

    Samsung is top HDTV manufacturer in US

    Samsung has the most effective marketing in the industry. It's also the most deceptive and unethical. I won't reward their patent infringement and lying marketing hype by purchasing any of their products.
  8. Steve Schaffer

    Sharp Aquos 70-inch Smart TV for 60-inch price

    Refurbished=somebody returned one set and they want to sell it. This isn't a big deal, one can get open box prices on individual returned sets just about anywhere.
  9. Steve Schaffer

    samsung led with panasonic bluray

    The 3D button on the remote is for actual 3D discs to be played on a 3D tv, not the old anaglyph (two color glasses) 3D. Ignore it.
  10. Steve Schaffer

    TV options, Help!

    Agree on plasma. Check your local Sears store--they may have the Panasonic TC-P42S60 for about $499 new in the box. 1080p vs 720P for the Samsung 4500 you list, plus "smart" features for Netflix etc.
  11. Steve Schaffer

    When exercise is abuse?

    I don't think you're overreacting. Perhaps you should research the guidelines/standards. Then get in touch with other parents who might be concerned--strength in numbers.
  12. Steve Schaffer

    Switch to HDTV went quicker than to color TV

    What Gregg said. color debuted in 1953. It didn't work very well at all and there was very little color broadcasting until the early 60s. HD debuted in 1998, in a few markets only, and initially only one HD channel on satellite (HBO HD on DirecTV). The government had mandated a transition...
  13. Steve Schaffer

    Consumer 3D TV Purchase Interest Eclipsed by Smart TVs

    3D never took off as a sole reason to upgrade, so it couldn't be "eclipsed" by "smart tv". I have a 3D "smart" tv and use the 3D but not the "smart" as I prefer to use a different source device (PS3, 3D BD player, or my Apple TV) for "smart" stuff.
  14. Steve Schaffer

    Europe leads the way on Connected TV usage?

    Average bitrate on high speed internet connections is much higher in Europe than in the US, and it's a lot cheaper. That may have an effect on lower usage in the US.
  15. Steve Schaffer

    Weak Sound

    Ditch the sound bar, buy a set of speakers (left/center/right/2 surrounds and a powered subwoofer) Read and follow the speaker and source device connection and speaker setup sections in the owner's manual that came with the AVR. Self-powered sound bars and AVRs are an either/or proposition...
  16. Steve Schaffer

    Samsung PN60F5500 - Anything I should know?

    No GT series sets for 2013 model year. The 3D capable models are ST, VT, and ZT in ascending order.
  17. Steve Schaffer

    Many people who buy smart TVs don't use web features, survey says

    Without trying I have 3 devices connected to my set that will get Netflix, Hulu, etc. so I don't bother with it on my "smart tv". My guess is that most buyers of smart tvs already have a BD player or game console that performs these functions just fine. Once you get above entry-level tvs...
  18. Steve Schaffer

    Vizio 47" speakers popping and crackling!

    Bose has one for $400. Seiki has one for $59.99 that should work with that old set and sound just fine to non-audiophiles who just want to get around that crackling problem--check your local Sears store.
  19. Steve Schaffer

    Thx certification

  20. Steve Schaffer

    blu-ray player for discs ?

    I get a surprising number of my Blu Ray discs from Costco and Walmart. Amazon has a much larger selection of course.
  21. Steve Schaffer

    Technical problem with the player ?

    Correction (can't find an "edit" button)--that Sony was 14 years old.
  22. Steve Schaffer

    Technical problem with the player ?

    Players in general aren't as robust as they used to be. We just retired a 12 year old Sony DVP-S 550 dvd player that never gave a lick of trouble because the tv it was connected to was upgraded to an HD set. I don't expect the panny BD player in it's place to last anywhere near as long. On...
  23. Steve Schaffer

    blu-ray player for discs ?

    Brian, I hope you didn't interpret my post as being in any way critical of your previous ones, that was not my intention. Rather I was attempting to convey a sense of the difference between the "culture" here vs that other site, as I perceive it. I spend a lot of time at both places gathering...
  24. Steve Schaffer

    blu-ray player for discs ?

    Right! posting a link to a specific post over there that answers someone's particular question is useful. Just telling a newbie to go over there will give them the impression that it's perfectly normal to return 11 sets in a 3 month period in search of some mythical standard of perfection, or...
  25. Steve Schaffer

    Panasonic DMP BD89 and Star Wars

    Click on "incompatible discs" at the link above
  26. Steve Schaffer

    Panasonic DMP BD89 and Star Wars

    They are aware of it http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/DMP-BD89?support
  27. Steve Schaffer

    Panasonic DMP BD89 and Star Wars

    There are such things as defective discs. Try the disc in another player. Some discs don't want to play in some Panasonic players if there is no SD card inserted into the player. This usually occurs with titles with "BD-Live" content.
  28. Steve Schaffer

    Need advice for first home theater sound system (considering Onkyo HT-S3500)

    ^^^To elaborate, passive subwoofer means you can't upgrade the sub in the future unless you build one yourself. With the other models Sam mentioned you will have that ability as they use a powered sub which is pretty much the industry standard for "real" HT systems.
  29. Steve Schaffer

    What is the best Blu-ray player?

    PQ=picture quality. Upscaling=how well the player upconverts DVD. OPPO=video/audiophile grade product with excellent mfg. support at commensurately high pricing compared to more mainstream mfgs. like Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, LG.