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  1. Jonny K

    Somehow my receiver seems to amplify less and less the longer it's plugged in

    Ok, cool. I suppose I'll just leave it as is for now, it's not worth the effort to replace it. I don't really want to buy a new receiver for just the computer at this point. I'll wait until I get a new one for the theater and then the computer will get the Yamaha RXV-1300. :-) Thanks.
  2. Jonny K

    Somehow my receiver seems to amplify less and less the longer it's plugged in

    The receiver in question is an old Kenwood 1080VR that I'm using to amplify a stereo signal from a computer. When I first set it up the volume will be reasonably loud at "-40 dB" and loud at "-30 dB". But after months of time (6 months or so) I'm finding that I have to turn the volume up louder...
  3. Jonny K

    Do I really need Expensive Speakers for Home Theater?

    Vin, First I admit I didn't read the entire thread, I skimmed. My advice to you is to buy something half decent. I slowly built my home theater piece by piece by buying one quality part at a time. You don't have to go crazy, but make sure it's something half decent or you'll end up...
  4. Jonny K

    Looking for speakers for a computer for $500 or so, including bookshelf speakers.

    Ok, I've settled on a pair of Axiom M3's running through my receiver. I asked a lot of questions and Alan Lofft of Axiom was really helpful in answering them all. One of the things he told me was that the S/N ratio of my receiver wouldn't be an issue (inaudible) and that the receiver could run...
  5. Jonny K

    Looking for info on Abstract Acoustics Speakers

    I have an old Abstract Acoustics subwoofer. Abstract Acoustics was made by a Toronto company called Audiosphere in the 1980s and is now out of business. They were generally lousy speakers (sorry to say).
  6. Jonny K

    Looking for speakers for a computer for $500 or so, including bookshelf speakers.

    Hey, that Audioengine 5 system is interesting. I'm not sure what league of sound quality it will be in though. I read on their website that they tuned the speakers specifically to sound good when playing compressed MP3s and such. Since compressed MP3s sound like crap, I can only imagine what...
  7. Jonny K

    Looking for speakers for a computer for $500 or so, including bookshelf speakers.

    I've currently got a high end soundcard (Auzen X-FI Prelude) going into an old Kenwood 1080VR receiver. The receiver is used to amplify and drive a set of Paradigm Atom speakers with a seperate powered 8" home theater sub. I'm running the speakers through the sub instead of running the speakers...
  8. Jonny K

    Headphones, $100-$200 - Suggestions?

    I don't have any experience with iTunes, but if it's lossless then it should be the same regardless of what format you use. :-) Do a comparisson test between an MP3 and lossless copy of the same song and see if you can tell a difference.
  9. Jonny K

    Headphones, $100-$200 - Suggestions?

    Remember: garbage in, garbage out. That cracking and buzzing you hear might not be the headphones - it's the electronics you've got them plugged into! I find when I plug my headphones directly to my computer sound card it doesn't sound anywhere near as good as when I run the audio into a...
  10. Jonny K

    Headphones, $100-$200 - Suggestions?

    I second Gabriel's recommendation of the Audio Technica ATH-A900s. A few years back a friend and I each bought a pair and were extremely impressed with the sound quality. It changed our standards about good sound - after hearing them suddenly all the other speakers in the house sounded like...
  11. Jonny K

    My DIY Theater Screen

    Well the cedar certainly made the screen nice and light, the entire thing weighs only 20 lbs. It just doesn't hold screws very tightly so you have to be careful. :-)
  12. Jonny K

    My DIY Theater Screen

    My room is long and skinny with half used for the theater. It's 26 feet long and about 11 feet wide. The projector is mounted roughly in the middle of the room about 10 feet from the screen, and the sitting position is directly under the projector (also about 10 feet from the screen). Don't...
  13. Jonny K

    My DIY Theater Screen

    It's called "Blackout Cloth" and is used to line curtains. You can read a bit more about is being used for screens here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=646534 And yes, I need to black out around the screen. But instead of painting I'll be putting velvet curtains and such...
  14. Jonny K

    My DIY Theater Screen

    Well the screen size is actually a bit of a decoy, because the projector isn't powerful enough to fill it. :-) Yes, I can stretch the image to fill the screen but then I end up with noticable screen door effect and washed out colors from my normal seating position. When building the screen I...
  15. Jonny K

    My DIY Theater Screen

    Yes, hard wood is recommended. I didn't realize the cedar would be soft like that, I was just hypnotized by how nice and straight those boards were when I was buying them at the lumber store. :-) Pine would probably work well.
  16. Jonny K

    My DIY Theater Screen

    The black out cloth cost about 15 dollars Canadian. Virtually nothing. :-) I bought it at some fabric store, don't recall which. The lumber was maybe $100.
  17. Jonny K

    My DIY Theater Screen

    Hah, I don't know about the painting. This IS my mom's basement. :-) It took a bit of work just convincing her to let me put the screen in. Hehe. But when the velvet is done it'll look great. I'm going to have curtains on either side and a velvet sheet above and below the screen. The whole...
  18. Jonny K

    My DIY Theater Screen

    I've pulled a lot of good info from the Home Theater Forum over the years. Time to share a bit of my own. I've made this little website for my theater. It's not fully complete yet, I'll have a black velvet masking system surrounding the screen. Still, it's pretty good. What will interest you...
  19. Jonny K

    Panasonic PT-AE900U Projector - How can I get a rebate in Canada?

    Ok, it's done. I've ordered a Sanyo PLV-Z4 from "Projectors Plus" which is located near Calgary (www.projectorsplus.ca). It cost me $1895 Canadian. Take that Panasonic, you just lost a sale because of your stupid Canadian pricing! :-) Jonny K
  20. Jonny K

    Panasonic PT-AE900U Projector - How can I get a rebate in Canada?

    Ok, I've decided to seriously consider a Sanyo PLV-Z4 instead. The value is way better, and if I bought the Panasonic I'd probably end up hating it just because of how ripped off I'd feel compared to US buyers. :-( I just hope the screen door isn't an issue. Jonny K
  21. Jonny K

    Panasonic PT-AE900U Projector - How can I get a rebate in Canada?

    Ok, another update. Since I hadn't gotten an e-mail back from Panasonic Canada, I decided to call them directly. On the phone I asked them about Calgary dealers, and Canadian promotions too. There are no Canadian promotions, and she was able to tell me only one dealer in Calgary - Soundsaround...
  22. Jonny K

    Panasonic PT-AE900U Projector - How can I get a rebate in Canada?

    Ugh. I just got a response from Quebec Acoustics regarding a PT-AE900U price. The best they can do is apparently $2700 Canadian with a free bulb. (vs 1900 for the Z4 with a bulb?). That's way more than I expected. It'll probably be way cheaper for me to buy it from the US and import it. I wonder...
  23. Jonny K

    Panasonic PT-AE900U Projector - How can I get a rebate in Canada?

    My room is built in such a way that I need to mount the projector on a specific spot on the ceiling and I have no other placement options. This means that I need a projector that has good adjustment abilities such as zoom and lense shift. The Mitsubishi HC3000 is limited in these two...
  24. Jonny K

    Panasonic PT-AE900U Projector - How can I get a rebate in Canada?

    Ok, an update. I talked to a friend of mine who works in retail and is familiar with pricing strategies. He tells me that about 20 days after the rebate ends the normal price of the projector should drop a good deal. But I don't want to wait a month and a half! Meanwhile, the Panasonic's main...
  25. Jonny K

    Panasonic PT-AE900U Projector - How can I get a rebate in Canada?

    Hmmm...sounds interesting. But how will you get those rebates? It's a mail-in rebate and they send it to your US address (no PO boxes). Check it out: http://www.visualapex.com/ProductSup...900U_promo.pdf Jonny K
  26. Jonny K

    Panasonic PT-AE900U Projector - How can I get a rebate in Canada?

    Steve, Yes, the Eastporters deal doesn't look to bad on the surface. But then I decided that I'd like my projector, manual, and remote to be in english. :-) Right now they're putting stickers on the remote to add english: http://www.eastporters.com/overlay.htm Micheal, Can you fill...
  27. Jonny K

    Panasonic PT-AE900U Projector - How can I get a rebate in Canada?

    I'm pretty much sold on buying a Panasonic PT-AE900U Projector. My problem is that the market for projectors in Canada is just awful. I can buy it from a Canadian website that imports them from Japan (causing possible warranty headaches) but that's about it. Otherwise, I need to order from a US...
  28. Jonny K

    Need HT Speaker Guidance - Axiom, Ascend Acoustics, Rocket, Swan, Paradigm, Aperion!

    Considering I just bought a new set of speakers, I don't think I'll be upgrading again any time soon. :) I can't complain about that peak. I equalized the bass and that's what I intended to do. If I start worrying about a 100hz peak I might as well do a full equalization of the entire frequency...
  29. Jonny K

    Need HT Speaker Guidance - Axiom, Ascend Acoustics, Rocket, Swan, Paradigm, Aperion!

    Yeah, that giant entertainment unit definately limits placement. But I have no choice, it's got to stay. Many men nearly died getting it in our house (it weights a lot), and mom declares it will be sold with the house. :) As for the sub, that's my DIY Adire Audio Tempest sub. Yes, it's huge...
  30. Jonny K

    Need HT Speaker Guidance - Axiom, Ascend Acoustics, Rocket, Swan, Paradigm, Aperion!

    Yes, I tried filtering at 80hz, 90hz, 100hz, etc. I even tried extremely aggressive filters (-40db) with no effect at all. It's all main speakers at that point...yet somehow the sub is effecting those freaquencies still. The receiver is a Yamaha RXV-1300, with a crossover point of 90Hz according...
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