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  1. Grady

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Mine played fine on my Oppo 203 after I cleaned it. I removed the blu rays from my box making it much easier to access the 4k discs.
  2. Grady

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Mine froze Mine froze up at minute 49 as well. I cleaned it very carefully and it played without incident. I'm taking the blu rays out just in case.
  3. Grady

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Mr. Harris, I have concerns about the benefit of upgrading to 4k on three on these films. I suspect Vertigo will look noticeably in 4K, but the other three I'm not so sure. You omitted the Upgrade from Blu Ray in your review, I'm wondering why? Disregard the fact that Hitchcock is my favorite...
  4. Grady

    For those with the Scientific Antlanta HD cable box

    Does the Pace unit impact the quality of the picture, over the SA 3100HD, or just give you more features? On a 16x9 set does the Pace display 4x3 with black or gray side bars?
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    Major issues with HDTV Digital Cable and Sony Vega 40" HEEEEELLLLLPPPPPP!

    Adam, Are you sure you want to fix this problem? While I'm not 100% sure I believe the problem is the component output of your receiver upconverts everything to 1080i. Hence, your set has trouble. I'm not sure why what Mr Briggs suggested won't work but I would simply continue to use S-Video...
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    Panasonic RP82--One Player to Rule Them All!

    How does the RP 82 display a 4x3 progressive image on a 16x9 set? Specifically, will it display it 4x3 with black side bars on a 16x9 set that has the "lock in full" problem with a progressive signal? Does the RP 82 allow you to adjust sharpness?
  7. Grady

    X-Files Series Finale - 5/19/02

    I'm looking for some help on the "super soldier" question. My take is they are humans who were abducted and engineered either by the aliens or humans under alien control. The purpose being sort of a police force for the aliens once they take over. This is nothing more than an uneducated...
  8. Grady

    funniest moments in TV history

    My all time favorite is the "Copper Clapper Caper" between Johnny Carson and Jack Webb.
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    DSDA: a New Format for LP Fans

    For conventional consumer use vinyl is better than tape in the vast majority of circumstances. It really matters little that the master tape is better than the LP cut from it, the real issue is what software playback format is best for consumer use? Unless high quality open reel dubs were made...
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    DSDA: a New Format for LP Fans

    David, What is your point? You're comparing a recording medium to a playback medium. Nobody in their right mind would compare vinyl to studio quality open reel on an absolute basis. What is the master source for the vast majority of vinyl in the first place? Or course you can still get blank...
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    DSDA: a New Format for LP Fans

    John, If the ambient noise level of a quiet listening room is 30 or 40 db, then 70 db dynamic range is more than adequate. If peaks of 110 db are about the most any rational person would expose themselves to, then I submit CD's theoretical superior dynamic range is moot in real world...
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    DSDA: a New Format for LP Fans

    Bill, while a cassette sounds fine in a car there is no way it compares to open reel or Lp. At one point you may have heard a top of the line cassette deck that might have compared to a mid-fi turntable in a mid-fi system, but it isn't 1976 anymore. Over the past 25 years turntables,arms and...
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    DSDA: a New Format for LP Fans

    Lp's cut from DSD masters? While I'm as pro vinyl as they come this doesn't make sense. The only reason to fool with all the hassale of Lp playback is sound. Or perhaps in some cases availability. The only way an Lp cut from a DSD master will sound better than an SACD is if the SACD was poorly...
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    Wait - you like or dislike the Sonys?

    I have a 36XBR400 and TWC Digital Cable. To be honest my picture with cable was less than great. The lower channels looked the worst. I kept after TWC and they discovered I was suffering excessive signal loss. They took one look at my set and told me they were aware sets like mine called for a...
  15. Grady

    Pioneer 720HD Rear Projection

    I have a 510 and can confirm the set is wonderful with dvd and HD. Digital cable blown up this big doesn't do it for me. I prefer watching that on my 36XBR400. With a real good signal cable still only looks, to me, fair at best. Once you've seen HD, NTSC broadcasts look very soft on the 510...
  16. Grady

    56h80 picture quality vs Direct Views

    I have a Sony 36XBR400 and an Elite 510. Based on my experience the Sony has better contrast thus giving you blacker blacks and thus the impression of a sharper picture. This is the real advantage of a direct view, contrast that cannot be matched by a RPTV. That said the other issue is the...
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    Panasonic RP 91

    I have an Elite 510 and a Sony 9000es. I've been toying with the idea of trying the RP 91 because of it's ability to avoid the dreaded "lock in full" mode. Before I do I was wondering if the RP 91 has the ability to allow you to adjust sharpness like the 9000es? Also, with a progressive 4x3...
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    Pioneer Elite RPTV owners-question!

    I have a 510 and while I use the component inputs, not the RGB, I set my contrast at -20 and my brightness at +2. I've seen several others comment on this and most are right around this range. Does the RGB really give you a better result than a high quality component cable to the point where...
  19. Grady

    RCA 38-inch HDTV or Sony 36-inch XBR450?

    Gary, I believe the 400 will be just as good as the 450 for dvd if you have a progressive scan dvd player. The 3/2 pull down in the set is bypassed. I haven't seen a 450 yet but it's potential advantage is really only in regular ntsc broadcast tv. The 400, which I own, does have problems with a...
  20. Grady

    ISF Certification or not?

    I have an Elite 510 and I'm waffling on the issue of an ISF. When I first got my set it had a problem and my dealer sent out his ISF Certified tech who fixed it. He told me the focus(electronic and mechanical focus I believe is what he said)looked very good and he didn't believe it could be...
  21. Grady

    Help, my XBR450 looks terrible!

    Which picture mode are you using? I played around and to my eyes the "standard" mode looked best. The white and black levels can be tricky. Try setting the white(contrast)level at about one third and the black(brightness)level at about one half. Then fine tune it with your Avia disc. Use as low...
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