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  1. jeff lam

    Which Blu-Ray players have built in Audio Decoding?

    I have been using my Toshiba HD-A2 for nearly a year now and just got a new Yamaha RXV 2600 HDMI 1.1 receiver a few months ago for a great price thinking I can just use the built in decoder of the toshiba to listen to the lossless sound formats. Now that Toshiba is out and Blu is in, Im looking...
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    HD-A2 froze up!!!

    I just got my new HDMI receiver and was excited to test out the TrueHD tracks on my HD discs. I have had no issues whatsoever with this player for 6 months till today. I popped in Transformers and it started to load then started to play but then went back to counter 0:00 and stayed there...
  3. jeff lam

    Anyone have any 15" subs for sale? Atlas?

    I'm ready to start on my IB project and need a pair of 15" subs. Anyone have a pair they want to sell? Looking for a pair of good 15's. SS, Atlas, Fi, Avalanche, etc... email me: [email protected]
  4. jeff lam

    Is HDMI Here to Stay???

    I'm looking into getting a plasma and a A/V receiver with HDMI switching and just curious if the industry has finally decided to adopt HDMI as the standard now. Seems we've gone through so many different HDTV capable connections in such a short period of time (Component, VGA, DVI, HDMI). I would...
  5. jeff lam

    Where to get Maple Laminated Panels?

    Surprisingly my lumber store that I get all the good stuff from in my area doesnt have maple panels larger than 15" wide. I asked if they could laminate several thinner panels together for a 18 x 22 piece i need. No go. They have oak and poplar laminated panels premade but no maple. Only thing...
  6. jeff lam

    Ground loop from antenna

    Got a Directv HDTV tivo and hooked up the antenna thats connected to the wall plate in my apartment to get ota locals in HD. Bam... Ground Loop hum. Never had the hum till now. I figure the antenna installed is grounded at a different location. It's not as bad as I've hears some others before...
  7. jeff lam

    Indor UHF Antenna for 40 miles???

    Just got the Directv Tivo HD receiver and now need an antenna to catch OTA broadcasts. I live in the San Jose CA area and antennaweb says I'm 40 miles from most towers. Says I need a red or green color UHF antenna to get most channels I want. Now the RS Bowtie and Zenith SS doesnt say the color...
  8. jeff lam

    Directv HD Tivo... Wise decision at this point????

    I've been wanting one of these since they first got released but couldnt afford it at $1000. I finally saved up the money to buy one and with the price drop, it seemed like a good deal. However now I'm hearing with the mpeg4 birds they just sent up these boxes will be worthless in a year. Whats...
  9. jeff lam

    Complete DIY Budget speakers for ~$250/pr???

    Guys, my brother is in the market for some speakers. He will probably want them complete and fully assembled. Obviously he can't go with GR AV1's like me with his budget. I recommended axiom and paradigm from retail speakers but want to know if there is anything out there in the diy world that...
  10. jeff lam

    MB Quart sub, PWE 352. How do the specs look?

    I guess these are suposed to be very expensive drivers but are on clearance right now $119. What do you guys know about this MB Quart Sub? Impedance 2 ohms Cone Material TreatedPaper/Poly dustcap Surround Material Santoprene Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet) 1.5 Ported Box Volume (cubic...
  11. jeff lam

    Looking at getting cordless circular saw and drill combo... Any recommendations?

    I am looking into getting small versitile cordless tools for small projects and building speakers. I was wondering what you guys recommend... (Hank, Brian, others...) Was looking into the dewalt 18V ones but I just dont know that much about quality and value of the many brands. HD caries...
  12. jeff lam

    How good is the DAYTON 10" TITANIC MKII for a small box sub?

    Saw this driver on special and am looking to build a small box sub for a friend (2ft^3 is OK). Was wondering how good these Titanic drivers are and how small a box i can get and still get low (20-25hz tune) compared to the DVC series which is pretty much the same as the tempest/shiva drivers...
  13. jeff lam

    Car buying advice... Toyota Camry SE?

    I'm close to making a decision on a new car. I want to get a great value but a nice car. I would love to get maybe a BMW, Lexus, or Acura TL, but they just seem a little too impractical for me at this point (expensive). I was looking at the Camry and the Accord and it seems the Camry is a...
  14. jeff lam

    Need some comfortable shoes... Business Casual type.

    I work on my feet all day and the shoes I have now are killing my feet. Does anyone have suggestions as to great comfortable shoes for being on my feet all day long. I wish I could wear tennis shoes to work but I can't. Business casual is good as long as they look nice. What about those...
  15. jeff lam

    PC Speakers Suggestions?

    I'm getting more serious into music on my computer and playing some of the newest games and I have been using my headphones for most of my listening but I'm ready to get some good quality speakers for my computer. I can go digital (optical) or analog. I'm probably looking for a 2.1 or 3.1 setup...
  16. jeff lam

    Please help me choose a wireless router/print server...

    I'm going to get cable from comcast and I need a wireless router to connect one desktop hard wired and a notebook wireless. There are so many to choose from and I'm not familiar whith which ones are best. I need it to be good quality, secure, reliable, and have good performance. I was planning...
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    What are some of the better DVD Rom and DVD-R/+R drives out now?

    I'm working on a new build and got most of my parts already but I need my optical drives. I will be using the DVD to watch movies and play games, etc... so I want a good drive to do it. I went all out on a Radeon 9800 Pro so I wan't maximum performance for the $$$. I have heard the Pioneer...
  18. jeff lam

    Lord of the Rings Trilogy Audio Books

    After seeing all the LOTR films I was interested in reading the books but as I don't have much time and I'm not big on reading so I was thinking about getting the audio books on CD. I did get this set (Tolkien Gift Set) for Christmas but found out it wasn't the full (unabridged) reading. After...
  19. jeff lam

    Photo Printer Suggestions???

    I just got a Canon S50 digital camera and want to get a printer to couple with it and also take advantage of the rebate available with the purchase of a camera and printer. I was trying and searching for help as to which printer is better. I have no clue. It seems as the i960 is a better...
  20. jeff lam

    Digital Camera Recommendations (Canon S400, S50, Sony P72, P92)??

    My wife and I are ready to get our first digital camera. I can get a great price on the Canon S50 right now at ~$400. Is there anything I should consider for this price that would be better? What about the sony cameras? It would be cool to use the memory stick slot in my Sony TV to view pictures...
  21. jeff lam

    FS: Polk Audio RTi100 Tower Speakers Brand New in Sealed Box (w/powered subs) Black!!

    I am selling a Pair of Black Polk Audio Tower Speakers (RTi100's) that are brand new in sealed boxes with full manufacturer warranty, never opened or used. Here are the specs: Polk RTi100's I am asking $500 $450 for the pair plus exact UPS shipping. Retail Price is $589.95/each or...
  22. jeff lam

    Looking for high resolution wallpaper for new LCD monitor

    I just got a 19" Dell LCD model 1901FP and a new ATI graphics card to make it shine. I do however need to find some really cool high rez pictures to use as wallpaper as the ones that came with windows 2000 is not quite high enough and I'd rather not stretch the image as it distorts and looks...
  23. jeff lam

    Onkyo TXSR601... Powered Zone 2, is it multisource as well, or just the line out???

    I'm trying to put together a system for a friend that wants multi zone, multi source. I know the 601 does it but on the Onkyo USA site it says the zone two line out is multisource but does not specify that the powered zone 2 is multisource. Crutchfield also specifies you need an external amp...
  24. jeff lam

    Need Suggestions for Demo Material...

    Hi all, I just got a job in audio sales and I am looking for suggestions for some awesome demo stuff. I need clean recordings that reproduce the entire frequency responce of most speakers. I'm mostly just looking for normal CD recordings but will be looking into DVD-A, SACD, and DVD's of course...
  25. jeff lam

    Where's the best place to go to fill your Propane Tank?

    I just got my first grill, I picked up a Weber due to all the high recommendations here. The model is a Genesis Gold C. Anyway I never had a gas grill before and don't know these things so where is the best and cheapest place to get a propane tank filled?
  26. jeff lam

    Panasonic RP91 scaling with Philips 34" HDTV

    A friend of my brothers is having problems with his set up. He has a Philips 34" HDTV which I believe locks into full mode with progressive scan signals. When he was looking for a DVD player I recommended the RP91 as I know it does scaling and is just the player for TV's that lock into full...
  27. jeff lam

    What's the cheapest item at Crutchfield?

    I have $99.99 in my cart and need to break $100 to use the $20 off coupon. Anyone know of a cheap item to put it over the $100 mark?
  28. jeff lam

    Need suggestions for a good strength/bulk training program/routine.

    I used to do some lifting in college and enjoyed it. Now I have a desk job and haven't had the time to lift or excercise for a couple years now. I'm getting lazy and getting that extra layer on my bones and muscles that I don't want. I also notice my strength is nowhere near what it was when i...
  29. jeff lam

    WTB: Laptop Hard Drive for old Toshiba Stellite 325CDS, 2-Gig minimum.

    I would like to buy or trade for a Laptop Hard Drive that will work in my Toshiba Satellite 325CDS. It's an old unit so I don't need a huge drive, just something that will work good that is at least 2GB in size.
  30. jeff lam

    Cell Phone Reception is bad, need suggestions.

    I have a Sanyo SCP-4900 with sprint PCS which is suposed to be one of the best cell phones out there (so I have heard) but in my place it just can't get a good signal. There is just something strange in my complex as 1 block away I get a full signal but in my place it's 1 line or nothing. I...