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I was reading some of the JVC projectors thread and finally looked up what "MTF" means:

Modulation Transfer Function (MTF)

This link looks interesting:

http://www.normankoren.com/Tutorials/MTF.html

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Here's where you can read and learn about MTF from one of our own, Mark Peterson:

http://www.videovantage.com/?cat=5

3 nice articles targeted at projectors.
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MTF is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to lens and optical system quality. In my opinion having a high MTF can lend a hand in high ansi contrast which adds dimensionality to the image. This is some of what drives the cost of such products such as Isco,Schneider,Samsung,Marantz,Sim2 ......
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Here's where you can read and learn about MTF from one of our own, Mark Peterson:

http://www.videovantage.com/?cat=5

3 nice articles targeted at projectors.

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MTF is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to lens and optical system quality. In my opinion having a high MTF can lend a hand in high ansi contrast which adds dimensionality to the image. This is some of what drives the cost of such products such as Isco,Schneider,Samsung,Marantz,Sim2 ......

Good info.
Thanks guys.

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Just did the newest Oppo BDP-83 FW update.
Re-doing my user settings -- 4:2:2, etc.
New stuff to choose...

Started looking at the networking/streaming features.

Good stuff.

The BluTV features seemed to get stuck.

Mike

Oppo FW update link

OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player Firmware Update
Release Information:

Release date: January 5, 2010.
Category: Latest Official Release

Main Version: BDP83-48-1224
Loader Version: BE2650 or BT0350
Sub Version: MCU83-25-0811

Release Notes:



This version is designed for both the standard BDP-83 and the BDP-83 Special Edition. Comparing to the previous official release version BDP83-40-0925, the major changes included in this version are:
    1. Blu-ray Disc compatibility improvement, especially for certain titles such as the European version of "Terminator Salvation", Indican's "The Wonder of It All", and "(500) Days of Summer" from Fox.
    2. Subtitle shift feature. During playback, press and hold the "SUBTITLE" button to activate the function and then use up/down arrow buttons to move the subtitle. The shift position is saved in the "Video Setup" - "Display Options" section of the setup menu. This feature is useful for customers with 2.35:1 projection screens.
    3. OSD position feature. The OSD (On-Screen Display) can be moved to work together with the subtitle shift feature. There is a new setup menu item in the "Video Setup" - "Display Options" section for this.
    4. Auto mode for HDMI Audio format. The new "Auto" mode enables the player to use bitstream audio output for audio formats that are supported by the A/V receiver, and LPCM for formats that cannot be decoded by the A/V receiver.
    5. Setup menu changes. Some items are re-grouped into the "Display Options" sub-menu under "Video Setup". Some items are re-ordered in the menu structure to improve the ease of use.
    6. Experimental feature - home network streaming. This feature can be accessed from the "My Network" icon in the "Home Menu" screen. It requires a DLNA-capable media server running on your computer. The supported media types are the common set of what the player can decode and what the media server can stream.
    7. Experimental Feature - BluTV. This is an interactive television service that will initially feature channels such as casual games, widgets and movie art. To use this feature, the "BD-Live Network Access" item in the "Network Setup" section and the "Secondary Audio" item in the "Audio Format Setup" section of the player's setup menu must be turned on.
All features and improvements of the previous firmware are also included in this version.
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"It's like 'how much more black could this be', and the answer is none.
None more black."

- Nigel Tufnel (Spinal Tap)


Black wall w/flash



HT front black wall w/lights on


HT black wall - Planet Earth - Mountain

Wow.
Just looked at what I was doing last January to fix up the HT room.
Man!
I don't know how I got that all done so fast.

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Any ideas on outdoor speakers?


Here are some links where I was discussing my search for outdoor speakers:
- Seaton Sound - link
- TCA - link
- Home Theater Spot - link

Here is an old picture of my back/side yard near deck.
(Now we have grass in...)




I'm looking for adding and/or replacing in the following areas:
- garage (small Russounds out there now)
- deck (small Russounds out there now)
- deck sides x2 sets of two (nothing there now but wired)

Here is a good AVS link (from 2006) with some info:
Link
- Proficient - made by Speakercraft
- don't believe FR specs from manufacturer
- get >6" woofers for outdoors (or presumably a dedicated outdoor sub)


Some links:
- OSD - link
- Axiom - link
- smarthome.com
- AVHiFiOnline store
- parts-express.com - link
- James Loudspeakers

4 ohm amps
- James RMX series - link


These look interesting H15 ($170 each) or H14 ($130 each) or H11 ($130 each) -- but I would need 2 sets of 2 = 4.
(which is okay).

For those prices I could just get two to test and play with and buy more if needed.
Also there is a sub...
HF25


I don't believe any of the outdoor speaker FR quoted by manufacturers.
Very few reviews that I've seen though.

. All-Weather Versatility tree trunk rock bass
. Teflon-sealed Fiber Reinforced Polyester aerospace grade cabinetry
. 8" black polypropylene cone with a rubber surround
. Power handling: 250W
. Frequency Response 20Hz - 200Hz
. Sensitivity 89db
. Unit Dimension:20"L x 20"W x 15"H
. UnitWeight: 30 lbs
. 3-year warranty
. Sold in single



Mike


EDIT:
A compilation of some options:
(not all inclusive)
- Acoustic Research
- Atlantic Technology
- Axiom - eg Axiom Algonquin - link
- B&W LM1
- Boston - eg Boston Voyager 7
- Definitive Technology - eg, Def tech AW6500 - review - link
- James Loudspeaker
- JBL - eg JBL S36AWII
- Klipsch - eg Klipsch AW-400
- Niles
- Polk Audio - eg Polk Audio Atrium 60 All Weather Speakers
- Proficient Audio - eg, Proficient audio A830 Ultra
- Rockustics - eg - Rockustics Tunestone outdoor speakers - link
- Russound
- Speakercraft
- Tannoy

Outdoor subwoofer thread (at TCA): link

Investigating this again with Emotiva info coming out...

May not hold up to Wisconsin winters, but another option.

Emotiva link

UOM - Ultra Outdoor monitor
indoor/outdoor speaker with pivoting mounting brackets.
Water resistant NOT weatherproof
"not counting the knobs for the brackets, is 12" high. The bracket knobs are right at half an inch high."
At the widest point its 8 and 5/8".
Back to front is 7 and 5/8".
6.5" woofer, one tweeter
The port will have a protective foam plug which will help keep out moisture, but not interfere with the port. We are going to recommend they be put under shelter of some kind, even if it is minimal.
6.5 lbs
$229 a pair.


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Hmmm...

Just saw this thread on a planned Emotiva DAC.



Hmmm...


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Addendums:
- estimated cost - $300 - link
- 1 RU high

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Per Dann G. @ Emotiva:
LINK

"We are hoping to have it by the end of the year, but that is not a promise."

So, I think I'll see what they offer before purchasing a DAC.
Very cool.

Mike

I missed this additional rendering of an Emotiva DAC
(obviously the timeline is off as no actual prouduct has come out yet...)
Link (@ Emotiva Forum - 12-7-09):

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Waiting for the Emotiva DAC for one office system (setup with ERC-1, USP-1, UPA-2), but I decided to try this deal:

http://www.nhthifi.com/nhtstore/PC-Hi-Fi

...and picked up a Music Streamer for $70 + shipping (MSRP $100).

The specs aren't as good as the MS+ ($199 with MSRP $299), but the MS should still be an upgrade from my corporate desktop headphone out jack setup now.

Mike





Specifications
Electrical:

Full Scale output 2.25 Volts RMS
Frequency Response (20 Hz/20 kHz) -.3 dB / -1.8 dB
Noise Floor (DC to 30 kHz) 174 uV RMS
Noise Floor (A-weighted) 110 uV RMS
S/N Ratio (DC to 30 kHz) 82 dB
S/N Ratio (A-weighted) 86 dB
THD+N (1 kHz FS) 0.06%
USB to Audio output isolation > 20M Ohm

Interface:

Data Rate 48 kS/s
Bit Depth 16 bit
USB type 1.1
Power Requirements (USB buss) 250 mA
Dimensions (L x W x H) 4.1" x 2.1" x 1.2"
Weight: 8oz.
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Skiing Ninja Forum thread: TCA WAF-1 Ninja mods?

I ordered a pair of the Tweak City Audio (TCA) WAF-1 mini-monitors to be sent to Sean/The Ninja (see thread above) for modification (what? crossover +/- other stuff ???).

I have no complaints with the WAF-1 now, but thought I'd try this after I asked what the status of the mods was.

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Waiting for the Emotiva DAC for one office system (setup with ERC-1, USP-1, UPA-2), but I decided to try this deal:

http://www.nhthifi.com/nhtstore/PC-Hi-Fi

...and picked up a Music Streamer for $70 + shipping (MSRP $100).

The specs aren't as good as the MS+ ($199 with MSRP $299), but the MS should still be an upgrade from my corporate desktop headphone out jack setup now.

Mike





Specifications
Electrical:

Full Scale output 2.25 Volts RMS
Frequency Response (20 Hz/20 kHz) -.3 dB / -1.8 dB
Noise Floor (DC to 30 kHz) 174 uV RMS
Noise Floor (A-weighted) 110 uV RMS
S/N Ratio (DC to 30 kHz) 82 dB
S/N Ratio (A-weighted) 86 dB
THD+N (1 kHz FS) 0.06%
USB to Audio output isolation > 20M Ohm

Interface:

Data Rate 48 kS/s
Bit Depth 16 bit
USB type 1.1
Power Requirements (USB buss) 250 mA
Dimensions (L x W x H) 4.1" x 2.1" x 1.2"
Weight: 8oz.


Ummm ....when is it exactly that a specialized physician get the time to listen to music? did you sell the kids? the docs in Madison better not have any rigs like this, they better get crackin on how to treat my wifes pavm but that's another story my friend. Give me a call and we will catch up. Looks like your'e putting together quite the rig and you don't even need my help this time
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Wayne -

I work at the computer a lot at work, so I have two different office setups with stereo stuff.
Since I'm at work a lot it helps to have good music rigs.
At home I listen to some music in the whole house system, but rarely just sitting down and listening to music.
We'll miss you at poker.
Catch up with you later...

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Hey Mike -

After you posted in my personal HT thread, I figured I'd take a look at what you have going.

The Rives designed room I'm sure sounds amazing, and make my acoustic cloud project look like child's play.

I've also found some very useful info here. Like the Emotiva center channel stand and the info on the Audyssey Pro mic kit. I may be in need of both of those. I've got a request in with my dealer for the Audyssey mic kit, but if that doesn't pan out, I may be hitting you up for a favor.
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Hey Mike -

After you posted in my personal HT thread, I figured I'd take a look at what you have going.

The Rives designed room I'm sure sounds amazing, and make my acoustic cloud project look like child's play.

I've also found some very useful info here. Like the Emotiva center channel stand and the info on the Audyssey Pro mic kit. I may be in need of both of those. I've got a request in with my dealer for the Audyssey mic kit, but if that doesn't pan out, I may be hitting you up for a favor.

Tim -

Thanks. Glad you found some utility in the posts here.
You have a great HT thread.

RE: Audyssey Pro - you should be able to order directly from Audyssey.
I think the link is in the thread above.
The person I bought from is no longer at Audyssey.
Let me know if I can help.

Cheers,

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Tim -

Thanks. Glad you found some utility in the posts here.
You have a great HT thread.


Well, as far as turning an ordinary living room into a good HT, I've done the best I can. Though I think that all of the money spent on high-end gear should have gone to restructuring the room. But I never planned to go through so much gear. Oh well. Live and learn.

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RE: Audyssey Pro - you should be able to order directly from Audyssey.
I think the link is in the thread above.
The person I bought from is no longer at Audyssey.
Let me know if I can help.

Couldn't find a link in this thread about where to purchase Audyssey mic kit, but found a list of distributors on their web-site. In the past though, these guys would not sell to an end user. Only installers. I still have an installer account from when I purchased the mic kit through the back door of a local dealer, but then I sold it off thinking I wouldn't need it. Doh!

http://www.audyssey.com/installers/d...tor/index.html
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Well, as far as turning an ordinary living room into a good HT, I've done the best I can. Though I think that all of the money spent on high-end gear should have gone to restructuring the room. But I never planned to go through so much gear. Oh well. Live and learn.



Couldn't find a link in this thread about where to purchase Audyssey mic kit, but found a list of distributors on their web-site. In the past though, these guys would not sell to an end user. Only installers. I still have an installer account from when I purchased the mic kit through the back door of a local dealer, but then I sold it off thinking I wouldn't need it. Doh!

http://www.audyssey.com/installers/d...tor/index.html

Check out post #340 and links.

Contact & Tech Support

Headquarters:
Audyssey Laboratories, Inc.
350 South Figueroa Street, Suite 233
Los Angeles, California 90071
Tel: 213-625-4300
Fax: 213-625-4383


Send us your questions or comments:
Audyssey Customer Support
techsupport@audyssey.com

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$550 for kit
$150/license (each AVR)


You can call Audyssey at Contact/installer list and tell them you don't have a local installer and want to do it yourself.


Good luck.

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Thanks Mike!
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Thanks Mike!

No problem.
Did you order it?

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No problem.
Did you order it?

Mike

Not yet, but soon. Gotta do this a little at a time because I'm still waiting for the sale of some of my equipment to finalize.

First up is a stereo pair of Canton Ref 9.2 standmounts, then the front end gear, then more speakers, and then the mic kit.
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Hello Mike.

Happy New year to you and family.

Mike, I just want to say that although this is my first post in your thread, I have been observing the thread since you first appeared on the scene, and I must say, you have a very impressive audio/video ensemble. It's not a setup, it's an ensemble! To call it a set up would be bordering on an insult!
And the Rockets! Man, they look good! When do you think you will finish the theater completely, if there is such a concept?!

Regards.

Cool.
I look forward to your evolving HT thread...

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Waiting for the Emotiva DAC for one office system (setup with ERC-1, USP-1, UPA-2), but I decided to try this deal:

http://www.nhthifi.com/nhtstore/PC-Hi-Fi

...and picked up a Music Streamer for $70 + shipping (MSRP $100).

The specs aren't as good as the MS+ ($199 with MSRP $299), but the MS should still be an upgrade from my corporate desktop headphone out jack setup now.

Mike





Specifications
Electrical:

Full Scale output 2.25 Volts RMS
Frequency Response (20 Hz/20 kHz) -.3 dB / -1.8 dB
Noise Floor (DC to 30 kHz) 174 uV RMS
Noise Floor (A-weighted) 110 uV RMS
S/N Ratio (DC to 30 kHz) 82 dB
S/N Ratio (A-weighted) 86 dB
THD+N (1 kHz FS) 0.06%
USB to Audio output isolation > 20M Ohm

Interface:

Data Rate 48 kS/s
Bit Depth 16 bit
USB type 1.1
Power Requirements (USB buss) 250 mA
Dimensions (L x W x H) 4.1" x 2.1" x 1.2"
Weight: 8oz.

(also posted at TCA -- link)
I bought the High Resolution Technologies (HRT) Music Streamer (MS) (standard not "plus") on sale ($70 NHT) to try with one of my office setups with the Tweak City Audio (TCA) Gizmo.

I'm not sure if this is a v1.0 or 1.0M, but it might be a 1.0.
The bass sounded really muddy when I first hooked it up.
Per the Music Streamer instructions I set the computer volume in the "Control Panel" to maximum (I'm not sure if that does anything).
The speakers are pretty close to me, but I can only set the Gizmo volume on minimum (02).
I think it was overloading the TCA Gizmo v1.0 (? vs. 1.0M ?) inputs.
The MS says the full scale output is 2.25 Volts RMS.
Anyone else run this combo?

------------------------------------------------------
Today I set up the HRT MS DAC in my other office system.
I plugged it in and thought I heard more depth/detail in a song than I remember.
I then did some A/B testing with HRT MS DAC vs. laptop headphone audio out jack to RCA.
These were not SPL (of voltage) matched, and the DAC was slightly louder than the headphone outs.
However, I also tried increase the "B" headphone out volume above the "A" HRT MS DAC to give the "B" test a sonic edge (higher SPL are usually preferred if everything else is equal).

Both HRT MS DAC and headphone jack were going intothe USP-1.

Office system:
Emotiva USP-1 pre-amp
Emotiva UPA-2 amp
(Emotiva ERC-1 CD player -- not used for this today)
TCA WAF-1 mini-monitors

Noticeable improvement in clarity and "a veil lifted" () type of experience with the HRT MS DAC.
Nice.
I really didn't know what to expect since this is my first DAC, and it's $70, but I think it did noticably improve things.

It makes me excited to try the EMOTIVA DAC when it is available.

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Skiing Ninja Forum thread: TCA WAF-1 Ninja mods?

I ordered a pair of the Tweak City Audio (TCA) WAF-1 mini-monitors to be sent to Sean/The Ninja (see thread above) for modification (what? crossover +/- other stuff ???).

I have no complaints with the WAF-1 now, but thought I'd try this after I asked what the status of the mods was.

Mike

TCA Thread discussing above.

No new pics or Ninja comments yet...

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DVD player dead at the Superbowl party with swarms of kids (), so...

OUT -- DVD Player: Toshiba SD4900
IN -- DVD/BR Player: Oppo BDP-80 (ordered)



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Wow, haven't been around for a while... I see the fighting continues... lol.


Did you get rid of all the light in the room yet Mike?

Did you also read that Gregr said to get above white and below black you need to set HDMI to enhanced.
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Wow, haven't been around for a while... I see the fighting continues... lol.

--> Fighting?

Did you get rid of all the light in the room yet Mike?

--> I was going to post that I tried blocking light from doorway, back panel, etc. The major source of screen light is from the light colored carpet. So, next time I put in new carpet the color will change.

A Carada masking system is dependent on how long I am in the house.

Did you also read that Gregr said to get above white and below black you need to set HDMI to enhanced.

I DID see that. Interesting.
I was actually surprised to not see any SOWK squawking about that.
I figured that you were not surfing AVS much these days.
May have to re-look at some day.
My bulb is up to 600+ hours or so.

Right now mainly watching cartoons with the kids, but you are right that more tweaking could be done.

Good to hear from you.
How is your system going? Anything new?
See PM for a requst for help from someone on another AVS thread.

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PS - BTW, I'll be at a dinner in Wauwatosa tonight. Just re-noted your location.
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TCA Thread discussing above.

No new pics or Ninja comments yet...

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TCA Ninja Elite + No-Rez modded WAF-1's arrive Tuesday.
More notes from "The Ninja" on the TCA and Skiing Ninja forum.

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TCA Ninja Elite + No-Rez modded WAF-1's arrive Tuesday.
More notes from "The Ninja" on the TCA and Skiing Ninja forum.

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I'm listening to the Ninja mod now.
More impressions as I get them...

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FYI...
Emotiva XDA-1 DAC update from Admin at Emotiva forum:

Link

Actual pics, specs and pricing coming very soon. just waiting on the cosmetic prototype to arrive.
I have an engineering mule, but it is far from pretty. So if all goes well, maybe in another week I can have them for you.

BTW, I don't know if I actually posted what it really looks like or not so here it is.



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I missed this additional rendering of an Emotiva DAC
(obviously the timeline is off as no actual prouduct has come out yet...)
Link (@ Emotiva Forum - 12-7-09):


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TCA Ninja Elite + No-Rez modded WAF-1's arrive Tuesday.
More notes from "The Ninja" on the TCA and Skiing Ninja forum.

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Mike. Very interested in your thoughts and potential comparisons. Have been noodling a small system solution and this would fit it (as other would too).

On another note, saw WI get pounded by MN a week ago in MN. Even though I'm originally a buckeye I had to support MN since I was sitting in Tubby's seats. WI looked flat...
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Mike. Very interested in your thoughts and potential comparisons. Have been noodling a small system solution and this would fit it (as other would too).

On another note, saw WI get pounded by MN a week ago in MN. Even though I'm originally a buckeye I had to support MN since I was sitting in Tubby's seats. WI looked flat...

I posted some initial impression on the TCA forum.
I can tell a difference, but still playing around with them.

I don't watch much in sports except some pro football and college (Badger) football. And the Olympics.

warrenP is over filming my HT now for AVS (Home Theater Revealed DVD series)...

Link - http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/htrevealed.php

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