Home Theater enthusiast torture!!!!!

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  1. Greg Kolinski

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    Went to my brother in law's house to eat Sunday,had a great meal etc..by about 7 I was ready to cruise,after spending a buttload completely upgrading our H/T set up ,HK 520,JVC progessive DVD,56in JVC HDTV etc ,I was wanting to get home and kick back[​IMG] .Well.........then the topic of "who wants to watch a movie" comes up[​IMG] ,suddenly I'm trapped watching a DVD i had seen 3 times already ,on a 19 in TV,old 2 channel stereo,on some Wall-Mart DVD player.[​IMG] My vision is bad enough ,so i'm sqinting ,with my glass's.LOL.When we left about 9:30 ,wife and I both just busted a gut laughing,just spent a ton on HT stuff,and ended up watching Spider Man for the 5th time on a $150 HT set up.He's not poor or nothing,but just like normal people,doesnt mean much to them,like it does to us.
     
  2. Tony-B

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    I feel sorry for you. Hey, it could have been worse. It could have been on a mono tv, and on VHS.
     
  3. Jeff_A

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    "Times is hard..."
     
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    That's almost as funny as the employee at "The Brick" telling me how the Bose mini cube speakers are better than Reference Paradigms[​IMG]
    True story
    Brent
     
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    Are you saying I shouldn't waste my money on Paradigms when I could buy a Bose system for twice as much. Ok, sign me up.
     
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    Hey now, I'm a poor college student with a computer (dvd-rom drive, of course), 17 inch Sony Trinitron monitor and a 3 piece Altec Lansing speaker set...don't be dissin' me! [​IMG] Well, I guess you're not dissin' me, because I won't settle for what I have when I can do better...that'll just take some time. [​IMG]
     
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    As a fellow Tulsa, OK resident....I feel your pain! I hate going over to peoples houses to watch movies. For instance the inlaws used to have this old 27" Mono Sanyo TV that had the WORST green tint to the picture and had a magenta haze in the upper left corner. Well they out of the blue called me up and asked me if the new Sony 51WS500 TV was worth their money, I said sure! So now they have this awesome 16x9 HDTV and Dolby ProLogic surround sound and a VHS player. I felt so bad I gave them my old Pioneer DV-535 that I was not using so atleast now they can watch DVDs.
     
  8. Jeffrey Noel

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    HAHA! The mods changed the title of the thread from Home Theater nut torture to Home Theater enthusiast torture. Hehe...Nut torture. [​IMG]
     
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    on the topic of torture, but not in relation to other people's "HT" gear, I find myself tortured when watching broadcast TV. I suspect (can anyone confirm?) that the current season of The Practice airing in Singapore may have been shot widescreen, since I'm seeing rather strange framing (e.g. two people each half cut-off at the sides) which are indicia of pan-and-scan.

    as another example, I know Angel S3 was shot widescreen, so watching it here on pan-and-scan was just utter torture but I had to grin and bear it.

    (strangely the Sopranos full-screen didn't really bother me. perhaps it was shot to be 4:3 pan-and-scan safe.)

    and of course any time a movie is shown on TV.

    saving grace: at least Enterprise is broadcast letterboxed. whew. as was ER's previous season, although I must say I got the feeling that it was matted since headroom (and chin-room) always seemed a bit tight.
     
  10. Greg Kolinski

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    Jeffrey..........oops........ just caught the torture thing[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I have also been Tortured By the 19" Mono set with a VCR.


    My god it was a Nightmare.
     
  12. Rob Lutter

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    I found myself watching X-Men the other day on a 19" mono TV w/ DVD the other day, composite connection... and HE HAD THE PLAYER SET IN 16x9 MODE, SO IT WAS STRETCHED UP AND DOWN!
    When I mentioned the problem to him (my friend, whom I love like a brother), he just said "who gives a shit? I can't tell the difference!"... sigh [​IMG]
    I wanted to die [​IMG]
     
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    That's funny Rob. Some people just don't give a crap no matter what bizaar set-up they have.
    I ran into one conversation my co-workers were having a few days ago. The one guy was praising his new Samsung VHS/DVD all-in-one player. "It's the best of both worlds." He says. I just rollod my eyes and dodn't waste my breath.
    This guy wants to rent DVD's and put them on tape. WHY??? I have no idea.[​IMG]
     
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    The worst is when they not only have a tiny TV, but it's 20 feet away from the couch!

    The only upside I can think of with that setup is that you don't see any jaggies on the screen...
     

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