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post #271 of 7979 Old 12-07-2003, 02:53 PM - Thread Starter
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Brickie -

Picture was fine by me - and the sound was terrific.

Of course, I'm a proponent of "pretty good" home theater. With my setup I found nothing distracting (except for the unavoidable "layer switch"). I try hard to shape my home theater experience for great experience for the content - and I go out of my way to not read the videophile reviews - I respect their expertise, but I don't want it to get in my way of having fun! And I'm trying hard not to even learn what EE is (I kid, I kid).

And we had seen it in the theater's this summer - my 10 year old daughter (soon to be 11) loved it. The skeletons may be scary for younger, but they're more funny than scary.

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We got pounded with snow all week-end long here in Mass. I was planning to watch Pirates Of The Caribbean this week-end, but wound up not buying it (as you may have read from the other thread ). But with all the snow, we have been enjoying the HT all week-end.

Friday night - The Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers. My wife hadn't seen it, the viewing was her suggestion. I had a feeling she wouldn't be too much into it, with it being so long. she LOVED it. Even I enjoyed it more than the first time I saw it. Perhaps her enthusiasm rubbed off on me.

Saturday Night - We were fishing around for something to watch. She was reading off titles and I kept saying "nah!". Then she said "The Transporter". I said "What?, we don't have The Transporter!". I had bought this back in the summer and forgot all about it. I said to her "Oh oh! better get some popcorn, this is what we call a Popcorn flick". We both checked our brains at the door and proceded to enjoy it very much.

Sunday - My son and I rented the VHS of Star Wars ( On the RPTV, of course!). He is very interested in the story. Next week-end we will catch The Empire Strikes Back.

Tonight - That's still to be decided. I was leaning toward Moulin Rouge. We'll see what the wife prefers.

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We just got our first DVD player and broke it in by watching LOTR: TTT extended. Awesome. Sure beats watching DVDs on my 19" monitor and computer
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there are some threads where they have really BASHED the pirates's pretty good!!!i bought it and checked out a few scenes and liked what i saw..we'll be watching it sometime this week...for the most part i don't get into what others perceive of picture quality since it can vary from setup and individual opinion..

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Good for you, Brickie!

Who's with me - time to start the "good enough DVD" thread?

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there are some threads where they have really BASHED the pirates's pretty good!!!i bought it and checked out a few scenes and liked what i saw..we'll be watching it sometime this week...for the most part i don't get into what others perceive of picture quality since it can vary from setup and individual opinion..

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Couldn't find reference to the threads you mentioned. However, I bought and watched Pirates of The Caribean on Friday with some friends. I loved the DTS soundtrack... the story was fun... and Depp was outrageous as the Cap'tn Jack Sparrow! I was surprised by the poor image quality of the DVD though. My 159" screen is most unforgiving to less than great picture quality DVD's.

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Brickie,

Ditto on "Pirates"!

The kids and I enjoyed the movie and couldn't believe it was Johnny Depp.

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Watched Moulin Rouge and was mildly entertained. No where near as good as Chicago. Also, maybe it is me but what's the big deal about Nicole Kidman. She can't act, can't sing or dance and is nothing really to look at. I can see why Tom Cruise threw her out. Well thats just my opinion. I am no fan of Nicole Kidman. I guess I'll keep my eyes wide shut
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I have to give Pirates a good review as well. To me the picture quality was excellent, but I only have 94" screen

Saturday I watched 2 1/2 DVDs.
#1 Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life. Not great, but not bad.

#2 Alien SE. Not as scary as I remembered. It has been a few years.

#2 1/2 Pumping Iron. I used to watch this movie all the time when I was younger and actually lifted wieghts. I watched the extras first, which is something I never do. They were very interesting. I didn't watch the movie as it was 2 AM and it was my turn to wake up with the kids on Sunday. My son tends to wake up at 6 on weekends.

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Couldn't find reference to the threads you mentioned. However, I bought and watched Pirates of The Caribean on Friday with some friends. I loved the DTS soundtrack... the story was fun... and Depp was outrageous as the Cap'tn Jack Sparrow! I was surprised by the poor image quality of the DVD though. My 159" screen is most unforgiving to less than great picture quality DVD's.

what size projector are you using with that screen....that is HUGE!!!even in this thread you can see where some say the pic is okay and others say it's not..i guess to some degree it will depend on equipment..obviously the smaller the screen,the less you will see problems..

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T3 - decent but my expectations were low... I liked the sound.

28 Days Later - very cool and different if you can handle a little gore. Has some good "make-you-jump" scary moments.

Calvin & Hobbes - Greatest. Comic. Ever.
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Last night after digging my driveway and my cars out from under aprox. 15" of the white stuff, I gathered the troops and popped in Ice Age. I had forgotten how good this looked and sounded. I had planned to watch Moulin Rouge, but the kids wanted to join us, so Ice Age won.

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I use the opening to Ice Age as a great intro demo for the HT - the combination of big and little sound and terrific picture makes it a winner.

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The only complaint is that my center channel is too small and the next larger CSW center channel speaker would block part of the screen. I've been thinking of how to get around this problem but haven't found a solution yet.

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The answer to your problem is to go with a perforated screen and put the speaker behind it.
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GUS, perforated wouldn't be good for your projector, would it?

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Brickie,
I don't know how a perforated screen would work for my LCD. However, because I have a permanently mounted screen, I still would have no room for the speaker there, as the wall is there. I can't place it above because that is a heating duct behind the sheet rock up there. The only way I can see to do it is if I place it IN the stage. What do you guys think?

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the stage question i can't answer GUS, i know i read that a perforated with an lcd would creat a bad screen door effect...i think that's what it is called..i have my center about 12" off fllor with slight angle up towards couch.what i did is took a string and had my wife sit on couch and i went from here ear to the center..i adjusted the center accordingly until i had a perfect parallel point between her ear and the speaker cone.

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what i did is took a string and had my wife sit on couch and i went from here ear to the center..i adjusted the center accordingly until i had a perfect parallel point between her ear and the speaker cone.

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That's exactly what I did brickie. I had my wife help me holding the string at the back row of seats (ear level), which are higher then the first row, then ran the string down pass the first row of seating at ear level and then to the center of the speaker. I angled the speaker to match the angle of the string and then built the top of my center speaker platform to the same angle.

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I'm Curious,What did your wife say when you did the string to speaker thing?

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i personally explained to my wife why we were doing this,and she had no problems with it..i'm very lucky in that i have free roam as far as the home theater goes...she wants the best ,absolute experience so she understands when the need arises to do these things..

when i push my receiver,especially with dts movies sometimes it cuts out..i completelt rewired my theater about 2-3 weeks ago so i know theres no short anywhere..but she HATES it when this happens!!!!so she now is pushing for me to get a new receiver..i'm thinking about that sony 5000es..maybe after holidays!!

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I just find it funny.lol

I'm into all that also.I have the sound meter and also did the string thing only I used a pen laser.

My friends think it's a little too much,but they are always at my place when they want to watch a movie!

They find it amazing and also think I'm some kind of nerd when I'm tweaking my set with the codes from the HTS.

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man, i'm jealous...i get to watch maybe 2-3 movies per week if i'm lucky...i have got to make more time for my theater.

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I've been sick with the flu and have been out for a few days now. The first few days with fever were tough but after the fever broke its been relaxing iin the theater watching movies. I've rewatched both LOTR, terminator 3, Sahara (Humphrey Bogart oldie), Sabrina (Humphrey Bogart and a young Audrey Hepburn), What women want, Tomb Raider II, Xmen 2, Legally Blonde 2 and Matrix reloaded. I've watched so many movies I can't remember what I have watched. I'm like in a perpetual fantasy land now. I wonder if I can get long term disability and just keep watching movies


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Build a false wall out from your current wall and inlay (inset) the screen in there (kind of a shadow wall like described by Russ Herschelman in SGHT). Build the wall deep enough to hold your center channel speaker and you should be alright. Once you have heard what that will do to your sound you will never want to listen to center channels above or below the screen again.

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Gosh, Dave. You've got me hoping I catch the flu!

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Last night I checked out my new demo disk that was made by an AVS member named jeffxjet. He threw in action scenes from his favourite movies and also tossed in all the THX demo clips. Included were:

1. Diva scene from 5th element.
2. Barbarian battle from Gladiator
3. Pod race
4. U-571 depth charges
5. SAM scene from Behind Enemy lines
6. Toystory II scene
7. Straffing scene from Hart's War
8. Attack scenes from Pearl Harbor.

All in either DD 5.1 or DTS. He did a pretty good job on it. The menu is pretty crude, but the quality is very good.
Too bad the THX demos with all the clips from the Lucas movies weren't anamorphic, that would have RULED. It included blended scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy and the Indiana Jones trilogy.

It's pretty good. If you are interested, pm jeffxjet, I think he is willing to help others out with this.

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