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  1. StevenK

    SF Bay Area FS or FT: 120" Da-Lite Screen for Projector

    I have a 120" Da-Lite Screem for a front projector. Nothing special, just a 1.0 gain, manual pull down. I'd like to trade for a 90-100" screen of the same type. I've screwed up on my throw-distance calculations, and now I can't find any way to fill the entire screen with my Sanyo Z2. I'll...
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    Hughes HIRD-E1 receiver

    I have an old Hughes HIRD-E1 Receiver and the access card that came with it. I've switched to DISHNetwork a little while back and have had no use for it. I've tried putting this thing on eBay but they keep cancelling saying it violates cable descrambler rules. I don't know WTF is going on, but I...
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    Lost the MIC for 45TX. What to do?

    It seems I've misplaced the MCACC setup mic for the 45TX during my move. Would any other microphone work, or does it have to be the Pioneer part. When I say "work", I mean work correctly and properly with the MCACC system...not necessarily just being able to pick up the sound pressure. If so...
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    Karaoke!? Ewwwww....

    Alright...don't skewer me for this....but I'm trying to add karaoke to my system. In exchange for letting me set up a projector, the misses (plural...long story....no I'm not a poligamist) demand I set up some sort of karaoke. So what's the easiest way to get karaoke out of my Elite 45TX? I...
  5. StevenK

    Directors Favorite Recent "SciFi" series?

    I use "SciFi" loosely and I list only recent and popular ones. Just curious as to which way the board leans. I'm sure many would choose to watch ALL of them, but suppose you could only watch one series. You can take whatever you like into consideration: story, action, acting, directing, CGI...
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    How do you guys find time to play?

    This totally isn't meant to be a troll thread here. I'm a big time gamer without any time. I have 5 XBox games I have yet to open, 6 PC games I have yet to install, and many more PS1, Dreamcast and PC games that I have permanently given up on. When I was an undergrad, I was so swamped with...
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    Help me identify this Panasonic DVD player

    I saw/heard this player at a friend of a coworker's house and I can't contact him anymore. I made a mental note to get the model number, but after several beverages, I regrettably forgot. Anyhow, I THINK these were some of the features: 5-disc changer DVD-Audio Progressive scan...
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    Is there any way to stop people from quitting in NBA 2K3?

    Argh...this keeps happening to me. I beat a guy and he pauses the game and quits as I'm going in for the final dunk!!!! Any way this can be prevented? bTW, this is for the XBox Live.
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    What are the DACs in the Elite 45TX?

    Can't find any info on them. I see that the 47TX and 49TX use Burr-Browns, but no info on the 45TX. I already have the 45TX on the way, but I'm already worried about the sound. I'm currently on a Pioneer VSX-D811S and I don't like the sound very much. BTW, this is my 6th receiver in about an...
  10. StevenK

    Sherwood Newcastle AM9080 5-Channel Amp, Sacramento area preferred

    $500 - please continue reading to see why $500, not $450. I won't go into great detail about this amp. Just check the forum and you'll see it is very highly praised by all who have it. It has ample power (5 x 120 Watt @ 8 Ohms) and sounds beautifully. The amp itself is in excellent...
  11. StevenK

    Music only system for <$1200?

    Well, some friends of mine would like suggestions on a system for music and pretty much music only. The one little kink is their living room is an "L" shape and they would like to get a total of 4 speakers...one for each end of the "L". They are not audiophiles by any means, but they do want...
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    Electronics Gurus...answer me this? Breaking in Amps?

    I'm reading my new issue of Stereophile Guide to Home Theater and there's a Ayre amp review. The reviewer talks about having to break in the amp for 100 - 500 hours. Now breaking in SPEAKERS...I'm a strong believer of and totally understand why as the cones and drivers are mechanical devices...
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    Help me choose a LOUD speaker for acoustic research

    Wow...for once my hobby and my work intersects. Interestingly enough I seem to know little on both ends. Hopefully someone can help me out here. I need several speakers capable of extremely LOUD output with considerable bass. We need the speakers to be able to reach 140 - 150 dB!!! Sound...
  14. StevenK

    Staying a generation behind saves you LOTS of money

    ;) Since I've renewed my interest in the DC (thanks to my new projector), I've been buying games and accesories for dirt cheap. And ya know what? these games are NEW TO ME and the graphics hold up very well (obviously not XBox level, but what is?) Since I'm on this roll of cheap gaming, I...
  15. StevenK

    The phoenix rises again!

    Welcome back Dreamcast! After being relegated to the closet and nearly put on eBay, my DC has kicked my XBox out of the gaming loop! Why? Front projector combined with the DC's true VGA output! 4 - player Virtual Tennis on 100" screen with amazing clarity and resolution is a thing to behold...
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    Sherwood Newcastle AM9080 owners...

    maybe i can get some input on this. I just bought a cheap Sherwood receiver with Digi-Link III to trigger the amp (and it works ;) ). I've hooked up an oscilloscope to the Digi-Link III output and saw a 5.5 Volt step, followed by a 12V spike. So the question now is how do I reproduce that...
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    Bomberman Online for the Dreamcast

    Anybody have this? How is it for a 4-player party game...or is it only good for it's online life?
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    Party game for the XBox?

    Any good 4-player "party" type games for the XBox...kinda in the vein of Mario Party? Sports are definitely a no-no as are fighting games because the girls just don't like em. Added enjoyment through alcohol is preferred of course :)
  19. StevenK

    Budget Receiver Shootout!

    I've recently had the fortune to demo several low to mid range receivers in my house. I was running an Onkyo 676 and wanted to upgrade to get the latest features. I started out with the H/K 520, moved on to the Yamaha HTR-5560, borrowed a Sony DE-1085 for a few days, and just got the Pioneer...
  20. StevenK

    How big of a difference between DTS-ES Matrix vs Discrete

    I just found out the Yammie I ordered only does DTS-ES Matrix, but not Discrete. Granted there are only a few titles with DTS-ES Discrete, I wonder if anybody has had the chance to compare Matrix with Discrete. I want to find out how much I'll be missing. BTW, I find it ironic that I sold the...
  21. StevenK

    Difference between Yamaha HTR and RX-V line

    I wonder what the difference between these lines are...in particular the HTR-5560 and the RX-V630. Is it a fair comparison to say the HTR is Sony DE equivalent while the RV-X is Sony ES equivalent? Should I expect much higher build quality from the RV-X line? Lastly, can anybody comment on...
  22. StevenK

    Damn Pirates!

    --rant--- I've been reading the news on the NeoX and ProjectX and whatever mod chips there are on the horizon. I'm all for doing whatever the hell you want with YOUR OWN system. If you can hack it to do progressive scan, add a bigger hard drive, play backups you actually own (quite a...
  23. StevenK

    Newcastle R863 and R963 owners...

    Where did you purchase your receivers? I've seen people quote excellent prices for them but can't seem to find prices anywhere close to the numbers people say they can get them for ($700-$800 for the 863,
  24. StevenK

    H/K AVR520 Mini (and I mean mini) - Review

    I finally got my new 520 setup and properly calibrated and thought maybe I'd shared my impressions. I am currently using it as a quasi-pre/pro. That is, the front and center preouts are going into a Newcastle 9080 amp which are bi-amping a pair of NHT 2.5i's and a AC-1. The H/K drives the...
  25. StevenK

    What's up with all these small 1CF subs?

    I've seen several small subwoofers in the press recently. These are quite dinky looking, yet are paired with a 1500Watt amplifier. The mags rave about them, but then they rave about anything. I'm considering picking one up and replacing my big ole 150W 12" Paradigm sub. I wonder if anybody...
  26. StevenK

    Anybody using the XBox as a Music Jukebox?

    I just started ripping some of my CDs onto the HD for use as a Jukebox. So far, I am very pleased at the quality...pretty damn good for 128 Kb/sec bitrate. I would say pretty much identical to MP3 encoded at the same bitrate. I mean, it's not up to the level of my hi-fi transport, but then...
  27. StevenK

    The Pro X-Box Thread

    After seeing all the negativity surrounding the Xbox on this forum, I thought maybe it'd be a good idea to post some of the great features I (and you) think the Xbox brings to the table. HOpefully, this will help others who don't have the XBox realize how cool it is. Please don't let this...
  28. StevenK

    Huh,huh,huh! Hey Beavis, X-Box kicks @ss and stuff

    Sorry to sound like a fan-boy, but I just rented Halo for my new XBox last night, and HOLY F*CKING SH*T! Wow! I loved every aspect of it...but the one that had me going was the sound! The realtime DD-encoding really shines through...so well, in fact, I actually used the sounds to help locate...
  29. StevenK

    When are the XBox ports gonna stop?

    I just picked up an X-Box with DOA3 this week. I popped the game in using plain ole composite video connections and my jaw promptly dropped to the ground. The snow level in DOA3 threw me into a state of stunned paralysis. I knew I had made the right decision over PS2. In fact, I hadden seen...
  30. StevenK

    Moving quasi-separates is a pain in the back!

    Literally! Ouch, my back is in major pain after moving around my new 70-lb Sherwood Newcastle to its new position next to my H/K AVR520 receiver/pre-amp. I really feel for you guys that have the real high end stuff...you must have purpose built dollys just for moving your gear around. Oy...
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