Ok, enough political discourse. Seems we're all on the same page. I have some progress of sorts, and more sadly not needed investment! I have painted the stands for the speakers in some of the flat black that I had left over. Just a single coat but should suffice for not being seen behind the AT screen. They are actually reasonably solid in a home-made kinda way. Will just use some velcro or blutac for mounting the speakers onto the top plate. Here are the photos.
As I have been spending some more time in my HT watching movies (new and old), I had noticed that I am starting to have some issues with errors on my HD-DVD collection. The same error is always popping up mid movie and the disc unplayable. Turns out, most notably on Warner titles, that the disc material is breaking down after only a few years and this is becoming common. It's a problem widely reported on the HD-DVD thread. As I live in Australia, there will be no exchange program for BD discs.
Not wanting to lose all these discs, I have purchased a second hand x-box 360 HD-DVD drive ($11.50 plus $12 postage on Ebay), which connects via USB to my PC. I intend to rip all of my HD-DVD files to MKV file and store them, thus eliminating the need for physical media.
Yesterday, I ordered 4 x 2TB Western Digital 3.5 inch internal drives ($480 for 4) (total 8TB of space) and I purchased a Buffalo Link Station Quad NAS drive ($248.00 from Harris Technology) after some help and explanation from 'The Sly', my resident IT consultant in Sydney
. I will set these up with RAID 5 redundancy, so my overall storage space will be just less than 6TB but if any of the drives fail, I will be covered without having to rip all of the discs again. Been a steep 2 day learning curve.
Next purchase will be either a Popcorn Hour C300 (available here in Sydney for just over $AUD400 or a Dune HD-D1 media streamer (about $380), that I can plug into the second HDMI outlet on the projector. The 6TB of storage will easily swallow my HD-DVD collection and I can continue to use my Sony BDP-CX960 400 disc blu ray changer for all of my new media (for a while, anyways - there are only about 150 spaces left). I like the fantastic user interface on the Popcorn Hour. Have not seen the Dune user interface so if anyone has seen both and could make a recommendation, I would be most appeciative. Any guidance with regards to these players would be great.
Well, still waiting to get some time to get my fabric track done. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks. My birthday on Thursday next week (I stopped celebrating them at 40), then Easter that weekend in Canberra so not much chance within that time to do the work. I need to finish my theatre before I spend more money!
BTW, my audio calibration team (Peter M and Elill) will be summoned shortly to work their magic with my Mini-DSP for the usual price. Fat Yak and Pizza!
All Sydney siders welcome if you would lke to call in.