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  1. MichaelDDD

    Win an Onkyo TX-NR1030 9.2 channel Dolby Atmos AV Receiver

    What an incredible giveaway! I've been doing "surround sound" since the days of quad-channel LP albums. My first "big HT system" was a Dolby Prologic receiver and that is what really got me hooked on home theater. I skipped 3D because it gives me a headache, but would love to take the next...
  2. 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...
  3. MichaelDDD

    Prefect projector screen paint gain project

    What's the purpose of the LED strip in each picture? It's not a measuring instrument and it interferes with seeing the image as well as determining the quality of the image, so what does it do?
  4. MichaelDDD

    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    Ahh, now I remember. It looks like corrugated cardboard in the middle...except it's all plastic and it's about 1/4" thick. Thanks for the info. :)
  5. MichaelDDD

    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    I've read about the "plastic board" used as the base but never researched it. I know it's common at Lowe's/HD...what's it called? It's like a piece of insulation or something, no?
  6. MichaelDDD

    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    Thanks, Sam. What is the advantage of the painted screen over a cloth screen? Without spraying the paint it would be difficult to get a perfectly flat finish. I do have total light control in the room; it just won't be pitch black in there when I've got a bunch of people over watching football.
  7. MichaelDDD

    Flat black paint for the room vs. all other colors

    Hmm, I will look at the options sheet for acoustic drywall. Thanks very much for that tip!
  8. MichaelDDD

    Flat black paint for the room vs. all other colors

    I am having the floor insulated (the bonus room is over the garage and kitchen) but it's just normal insulation. It is not much, but it is better than just leaving it uninsulated...it will at least prevent that space between the kitchen ceiling and theater floor from being just a hollow box...
  9. MichaelDDD

    Flat black paint for the room vs. all other colors

    Thanks for the tips, guys. I'll be referring back to this thread when the time comes to tell the builder what color to paint the walls (new construction). I guess I will pick the darkest color carpet I can from whatever the available choices are (assuming one of the "custom colors" is not too...
  10. 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...
  11. MichaelDDD

    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    Hmm, $753 (on sale today) for a 118" screen. http://www.carada.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=PROJECTION-SCREEN-H118P And that's just with the basic Classic Cinema White Material. Not sure if I should use any other color? The W1200 does not have a dynamic iris. Considering I can build a 120"...
  12. MichaelDDD

    Build blackout cloth screen or buy 120" Monoprice screen?

    I will check out the Carada screens; thanks for the tip. Why the recommendation for painted plastic over a screen of some type? The Benq W1200 isn't a light canon, but it's a fairly bright PJ and with total light control in the room, that eliminates may problems right off the bat.
  13. MichaelDDD

    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    Thanks, Sam. I should be OK with the Denon on it's own then, assuming the internal amps are all up to snuff. On a side note: What is happiness? Happiness is discovering that the AVR refurb you purchased for $600 just two days ago has gone up in price to $650. :banana: Boo-yah!
  14. 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)...
  15. MichaelDDD

    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    That works for me. 33wpc is roughly 25% of what the X4000 allegedly puts out, theoretically leaving plenty of oomph in reserve for transients. Assuming the whole "factory refurbished" thing works out, of course. If it didn't come with a 1-year warranty I wouldn't have went with the refurb...
  16. MichaelDDD

    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    Thanks, Dave. I'm all about Reference Level and beyond with the right movies. :thumbs-up-smiley: I'll try the Denon on it's own for awhile and if I feel it's lacking, I'll get a 5-channel amp. The room is a good size (17' deep x 22' wide x 9' high), (9-ft ceiling, not 8 as I previously stated)...
  17. MichaelDDD

    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    Well, I guess this is a good start. I grabbed a refurb Denon AVR-X4000 off Accessories4less.com. I normally don't buy refurb gear, but it's got a 1-year warranty, Audessey Platinum and a decent amount of wattage. It's also got the all-important 7.1 pre amp outs, should I need to add an...
  18. MichaelDDD

    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    Wow, that's good info to know. Thanks much! I guess then, I am looking for a front-end (AVR or discrete processor) that has 7.1 preouts, one of the better versions of Audyssey and is as current/compliant as is needed for now. Being that I'm allotting $2K for this, that does leave me some...
  19. MichaelDDD

    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    Hi Sam, I'm not current on the latest standards, other than I know HDMI 1.4 is the latest and 4K projectors are really expensive. I know nothing about HDCP 2.2...is that what 4K-capable devices use for copy protection? My desire for 4K pass through is so in the future, should I have a 4K...
  20. MichaelDDD

    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    Thanks for the info on the updated M22's. I had noticed on Axiom's site that they said "V4". Mine are most probably V1.0 because I bought them in 2003. Yeah, they are that old. But they have been in storage for a total of 7 years, on and off since 2003 They were last used (along with the...
  21. MichaelDDD

    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    True, that would work, but in my opinion, that is not the best idea. Different amps have different sensitivities, power reserves, voicing etc. You'd never get all the channels exactly identical. That's why I'm either going with separates and a 5-channel amp, or just picking up an AVR. I'll...
  22. MichaelDDD

    Pro/Poweramp vs. AV receiver+power amp

    Hi Dave, The new room is 21'x17' (wider than it is deep based on where the screen would go) with an 8-foot ceiling. I like it loud, no doubt about that. Thanks for the recommendation of the X4000; I will check it out. I've not kept up with much in the HT world in the past 5+ years, save for...
  23. 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...
  24. MichaelDDD

    New DVD player under $250?

    Seth_L, Why? Signal degradation? Aside from PC to desktop monitor, I've never used a DVI output before. Is the signal from a DVI out from a DVD player a lot weaker than a Component out?
  25. MichaelDDD

    New DVD player under $250?

    Thanks much, Marc and Rich. I will look deeper into the situation. I calibrated with the Avia DVD, but I have a homemade screen (Blackout cloth). The screen came out pretty darn good IMO, but it can't compare to a real screen. Pic of screen It's 88" diag.
  26. MichaelDDD

    New DVD player under $250?

    Oppo? Is that a brand? I think they were talking about it in the InFocus 4805 (what I have) thread over in AVS. I always wondered WTH "OPPO" was. :b How come I've never heard of it if it's so great? (Not that I'm real hip on the $$$$ brands) but I know about Anthem, Mcintosh, Rotel...
  27. MichaelDDD

    New DVD player under $250?

    Hey, how'd my post get all those useless hotlink thingees in it? :thumbsdown: Booooooo on this blasted forum software! Anyway, I was just out browsing and saw that Toshiba 5980. IIRC, it was $140 or so...I'm pretty sure that was the price. I'll check out some reviews. Thanks. As for the...
  28. MichaelDDD

    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...
  29. MichaelDDD

    *PICS!* DIY projection screen

    Ned: Thanks for the advice on the Gesso. It will take some investigating on my part to see if this is something I want to do...some "before and after gesso" pics would help. Mattak: :) I was wondering where you'd gone. :)
  30. 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...
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